I’m pretty sure you’ve all been bludgeoned to death by how much we love vintage shops in Japan, right? Right. If you haven’t experienced the true measure of our devotion yet, take a look at the vintage fashion tag for guides, shop features and more. (Shameless plug: I also wrote about vintage fashion in Japan for NihongoUp’s style blog recently – check out the article here!)
So, what better way to celebrate all things a little pre-loved than a few archive shots of the amazing shop fronts that we’ve seen on our Tokyo travels. Bikes, KISS masks and bears; Tokyo has it all! I have a huge list of around a hundred vintage shops,so this is just a small selection, mostly from Koenji and Shimokitazawa. These two Tokyo districts are fantastic vintage fashion hubs, but it’s also well worth exploring Harajuku, Shibuya, Daikanyama, Nakameguro and Ueno for hidden gems too. Phew!
Kicking off with Haight & Ashbury and their giant shoe!
Such a cute display! Really shows the variety of stock inside.
A little more manly here! Awesome.
Lovely male vintage – a wonderful Americana/English schoolboy mix.
Man, I love Koenji.
A must for mini dresses and maxi skirts!
A repeat from my post on Ticket to darling – see the inside shots here.
Really great selection of ex-army coats; I must pick up one for winter. I also love the jaunty little cacti on the board.
Beautiful natural style. I’m a huge fan of the classy shop board.
Like a moth to flame, I’m drawn to a huge sale sign…
… and BEARS. Wow indeed!
Gotta riffle through for some second-hand brand goodies. I love the little garden sign, perfect.
I think Milla Biflora has, in addition to a wonderful selection of blouses, a carousel horse inside. Why? Because they can, darling.
So there we go. I love this kind of street advertising; you get a little taste of what’s inside and I’ve found many amazing boutiques and shops that I would have walked straight past otherwise just because something caught my eye for a second. Of the above, do you have a favourite? Which one makes you want to go inside?