OUTSTANDING TOKYO VINTAGE: SHIMOKITA

BY REBECCA ON JANUARY 10, 2012 · 13 COMMENTS
After our previous vintage shop marathon was so well received (thank you!), I decided that a trip to Shimokitazawa was long overdue… Okay, it may not have quite as many individual vintage shops as Koenji, but what Shimokitazawa lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. I’m a huge fan of the laid-back boho vibe in this part of Tokyo, and it’s popular with students and fashion fans alike. I really enjoy the huge variety of vintage shops and boutiques here, for this alone Shimokitazawa should be high up on anyone’s list of places to visit in Tokyo – especially if you love vintage styles.

Here’s a look at eighteen of the best vintage sellers in Shimokitazawa:

Ruby Tuesday – Probably the best place in Tokyo for vintage menswear, with a classy British mod slant.

Chicago – homepage – Chicago has about a million stores throughout Tokyo, but one of our favourites has to be the Shimokitazawa branch, it’s not as picked-over as Harajuku, and has a great selection of vintage including designer silk scarves too.

Spooky? – homepage – Alas not as dark as you’d hope from the name, there’s a great choice of truly old items, as well as some bizarre Americana homewear.

Stick Out – homepage – With everything priced at 700Yen, you might not find a designer treasure, but you certainly will get your moneys worth here! You just can’t say no to good black t-shirts at such cheap prices – well, I can’t anyway…

Wow Retro – One of my favourites in Shimokitazawa, Wow Retro is well worth a visit for all lovers of fashion from days gone by, plus accessories to make dolly & mori girls’ hearts flutter.

Marine Nationale – Just next to Wow Retro, if you’re a fan of military and menswear as I am, then Marine Nationale is a must-see!

Milla Biflora – One of our first vintage discoveries in Shimokitazawa, Milla Biflora will always be on my list of places to pop into, not just for the huge carousel horse and amazing selection of womenswear.

Burrowz – homepage – A relatively new find for us, I really like Burrowz’ wide and quirky variety of clothing and accessories.

Crimie – homepage – Perfect for all menswear junkies! With everything from Levis, to Harris Tweed, to Pringle cardigans, there’s sure to be something (or several things) to catch your eye.

Uta – homepage – One of Shimokitazawa’s genuine hidden gems, Uta is (forgive me) a utopian paradise of proper 80s/90s womenswear, and it’s well worth a visit for extreme shoulder-pads, leather skirts, tiny backpacks and ‘gold’ jewellery. Amazing.

Haight & Ashbury – homepage – One of the undisputed crown jewels of vintage in Tokyo, Haight & Ashbury should be on everyone’s vintage shopping list, not only for the huge selection of mens and womenswear and antique clothing, but also for the huge white woollen tree in the middle of the store. Love it.

Juxtaposition – homepage

Lotty – homepage – You like kitsch girly stuff, right? Then my advice is to get down to Lotty right now for a fantastic variety of homewear and tiny bits & bobs that serve no purpose other than, y’know, wanting to own them.

Little Trip to Heaven – homepage – Sister shop to Small Change in Koenji, Little Trip to Heaven is similarly filled to the brim with dangerously lovely vintage items.

Flamingo – homepage – With its wide variety of clothing styles and eras, Flamingo almost reminds me of vintage shops in England, but with that Tokyo twist that means you’re sure to find a real bargain or two.

Don Don Down on Wednesday – homepage – With shops all over the country, Don Don is a vintage force to be reckoned with. Also known to Tokyo Telephone as ‘that place with the freaky mannequins outside’ – you have been warned!

Shimokita Garage Department/TouyouHyakkaten – homepage – A reason to visit Shimokitazawa in itself, this collection of tiny shops boasts several vintage stores, as well as hand-made accessories and more, all under one roof.

Well, I hope that this has inspired a few readers to check out Shimokitazawa – let us know what you discover!

(Oh, and for secondhand designer junkies like me, Grand Bazaar is amazingly good for Comme des Garcons, Jeremy Scott and KTZ, male high fashion and even lolita brands too – seriously dangerous for your wallet!)

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13 RESPONSES TO OUTSTANDING TOKYO VINTAGE: SHIMOKITA
Kate B says:
January 11, 2012 at 05:02
Wow! I will be checking a few of these out next time I’m over in Shimokita. I love love loooooove Uta though. It’s especially good for mad (and not) vintage bags and shoes as well as any random accessory or costume jewellery you can think of. I always leave that place with some crazy thing that is a nightmare to co-ordinate with my wardrobe but gets a lot of comments when worn out and about 🙂

Thanks for another fab article!
Kate xx

Rebecca says:
January 16, 2012 at 02:12
@ Kate B – Glad to hear it! Let me know how you get on!

Oh, I love Uta too. It’s so great but I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves – we’ll see what we can do about that 😉

Lisa says:
March 1, 2012 at 03:50
My new home! <3 <3 <3 I've already explored most of these, but I seem to have missed both Burrowz and Little Trip to Heaven (which it really seems like it is!!). Must make an effort to explore more once settled in. ^^) Rebecca says: March 1, 2012 at 09:03 @ Lisa – Oh, awesome! I DEMAND some kind of Shimokitazawa coffee-date once you’ve settled in 😉 Lisa says: March 15, 2012 at 04:05 @ Rebecca Absolutely! Perhaps next week? 😉 I recently discovered about 50 billion different cafes I’d like to go to – or go back to! ^^)b Rebecca says: March 15, 2012 at 10:35 @ Lisa – Next week is Fashion Week, so I’m afraid we’re super-busy! The week after would be grand though 🙂 Lisa says: March 21, 2012 at 02:05 Ahh, of course! (doh!!!) Next week I’m off to Osaka for a few days, but the week after? (I can see this turning into a long series of back and forths – will email later! ^^)/ peter says: July 21, 2012 at 09:03 Do you know if the bulk of these are open on Sunday? I want to head out there tomorrow! Samuel says: July 21, 2012 at 13:56 @ peter Absolutely, if shops take a day off it is is usually on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday – Sunday is fine 99.9 percent of the time. Hidayah says: August 23, 2012 at 14:26 I’ve begun researching for my first Tokyo trip in November and your site is exactly what I need right now! BEAUTIFUL POST. I suspect I’m gonna be commenting a lot – hope you don’t mind! 🙂 A last post on Japan says: September 11, 2013 at 20:19 […] and the cutest staff ever. The place was like a dream and I bought a 60s dress and a cotton shirt. Shimokitazawa was my favourite part of Tokyo, with its vintage shops, cafes and relaxing atmosphere. In Shimokita […] TOKYO THRIFTING GUIDE | SKETCH & RUN says: February 10, 2015 at 02:19 […] STICK OUT […] Tokyo Express: 48 horas en la capital de la cultura pop | Una vida al filo says: August 16, 2015 at 11:02 […] un paseo vespertino más que agradable entre sus outlets, cafeterías, teatros y tiendas de moda vintage, entre ellas la popular Flamingo, con sus inconfundibles flamencos de neón custodiando la entrada. […] LEAVE A REPLY Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name * Email * Website NIHOMBASHI MITSUKOSHI – THIS IS JAPAN THE JAPAN TIMES – IN PRINT AND ONLINE METROPOLIS – COUNTER CULTURE AND FASHION FIX BUNKA GAKUEN UNIVERSITY – STUDY IN ENGLISH THE BEST OF THE TOKYO VINTAGE SCENE © 2010-2016 Your Direct Line to Real Japanese Fashion WORK WITH US We do our very best to check all information. If you find anything inaccurate, please let us know TOKYO TELEPHONE Brought to you by Samuel and Rebecca DISCLAIMER All images unless stated are the property of the original photographer SUBSCRIBE TO OUR RSS feed