It’s pretty well documented that we love a bit of vintage here at Tokyo Telephone – and Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world for a rummage and a sort through the rails. What you might find during your perusal is anyone’s guess, and as you perambulate about the well-traversed highways and byways it’s sheer chance whether you eye is caught by ’90s neon, or in the case of TAROCK with ricco, naturally stylish vintage wares.

I think I was overcome by a wave of vocabulary in the paragraph above – something about Tarock makes me want to be someone who’s job title is ‘wordsmith’. I think it’s the huge fake tree that features in the central shop layout – it brings out the inner craftsman inside me, but who is actually just a hipster with lofty dreams and unkempt hair. Alas. On the other hand, Tarock is just the place to indulge one’s loftiest of lofty dreams – so pack up, ship out and head to Tarock for remakes, tiny Victorian baby shoes and genuine lumberjack shirts…

A harbinger of the lovely antique style

Tarock have produced a few great collaboration items;

Love love the giraffe head bag using antique lace!

So beautiful – I would wear these while sipping hot chocolate & reading a book, and swanning around museums in different countries. But that’s just me?

Patchwork leather shoes – I love the squared-off ballet style toes, these really remind me of the beach near where I grew up; it was pretty damn pebbly and grey and brown and I would have loved to wear these shoes while poking crabs in rock pools and digging in the tiny amount of sand. Maybe I still could…

Although I do dress mostly entirely in black, I have a huge soft spot for hilariously ugly clothes, and it doesn’t get much better than this truly terrifying rug/cardigan ensemble. Tigers and biblical wise men on camels. Be still my beating heart!

This newspaper print jacket is one of a few similar items, and I think it’s pretty great – dressed down like a mori boy, or adding some edge to a sharp pair of tailored trousers.

This jacket with it’s actual rug arms is a fab example of the remakes that are so popular within the vintage scene.

You can’t get much cuter than embroidered ankle socks, and the sock trend is huge again this spring/summer; stand out from the crowd with these little beauties!

And finally, my very favourite:

A smock made entirely of leather gloves. A bizarre hand-fetishist’s dream come true? It’s kind of horrible and tacky and tasteless… but I really want it. I don’t know if I could even wear it. I’d probably just sit there in the semi-dark stroking it and trying to see if any of the gloves would have fit me before they sacrificed their lives and usefulness and became the mutant they are now. Perhaps it’s a good thing I didn’t get it after all?

In addition to the items featured above, Tarock with ricco also carries a huge amount of Wonderful Stuff; antique blouses, mourning jewellery, accessories and menswear too. It’s quickly become a must-see on the Tokyo vintage trail for everyone interesting in fashion, but just don’t touch the fake tree…


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3 Responses to Tokyo Vintage: TAROCK with ricco

  1. Leanne says:

    I’m glad you got a few photos here & posted this. I went there last Aug/Sept but failed to do a post on tarock, except for seeing them again at the Merry-Go-Land event at Lumine Est. It is probably a little bit western for me (so many cowboy boots!), but I applaud them for being different 🙂

  2. Tokyo Telephone says:

    Eee, you can’t go wrong with a bit of vintage – I know what you mean about the cowboy boots though 😉
    Oh, and lucky you getting to go to the Merry-Go-Land event – loved your post about it sooo much!


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