Score designer buys, stylish accessories, and quirky finds at these essential clothing stores.
Grimoire, whose name stands for a textbook of magic, is a whimsical shop decorated with chandeliers, antique dolls, and other girly-gothic details. Its fairytale-like setting is the perfect backdrop for vintage clothing such as Victorian-style embroidered pieces, as well as decorative antique furniture like lampshades and chairs.
8F, 1-9-2 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Instead of bargain bins piled to the brim with well-worn clothes, you’ll find that this chic store offers a fine selection of stylish vintage apparel and accessories. The modern yet minimalist store showcases diverse pieces to suit different fashion sensibilities, from American stadium jackets to graphic t-shirts, and even classic tailored suits.
6-19-16 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Eye-catching with LED signs guiding the way, the Shimokitazawa branch of Flamingo is a hot favorite among street style lovers. It is well stocked with a mix of new designer labels and American vintage duds ranging from the ‘40s to ‘80s. Shoppers can expect to be spoilt for choice by men and women’s clothing, as well as retro-look tableware.
2-25-12 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Eva Fashion Art
A hot favorite among fashion bloggers and style editors alike, this boutique store is home to a wonderful collection of vintage designer items from brands like Hermès and Chanel. Other worthy buys include vintage lingerie, out-of-print art books, vintage European posters, as well as antiques.
2-1 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Rumor has it that even well-heeled insiders from the city’s fashion industry come to J’antiques in search of style inspiration, but we won’t be surprised if that is true. The shop offers a well-curated selection of menswear and womenswear from throughout the 20th century, as well as vintage fabrics and buttons dating from as early as the 1800s.
2-25-13 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
For unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that you probably won’t see anywhere else, Garter is the place to be. Shoppers will find preloved vintage goods, as well as original branded items crafted by young and upcoming designers. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to pick up one-off pieces such as redesigned leather jackets embellished with jewels and studs.
3-4-13 Kita-Koenji, Suginami-ku, Tokyo