Spring is fully kicking in and here you are thinking that it’s about time to start upgrading your closet with something new, colorful and stylish. But while Tokyo is the ultimate shopping heaven, renewing your wardrobe here is oftentimes equivalent to emptying your wallet. Luckily, Tokyo is also home to a number of high-quality vintage clothing stores offering great finds at bargain prices. Here’s a quick guide to some of the capital’s best secondhand clothing chain stores where you can find everything — from antique corsets, high brand purses, jewelry and vintage fashion to new Chanel bags, pumps and spring coats — you’re looking for to feel stylish and cool this spring.
Harajuku Chicago offers vintage Japanese, American and European fashion and has about 100,000 items in stock making it one of the most popular destinations for smart shoppers. The majority of their locations are focused in the Harajuku/Shibuya area, but each offers a full range of men’s and women’s clothing, including vintage kimono. The chain tends to focus on clothing from the 80s to 90s, although you might find some 60s and 70s items if you dig through their racks. A well-known spot among many fashionistas, Harajuku Chicago is even visited by Kim Kardashian every time she’s in town, though we’re not sure what exactly she buys there.
Best find: Full kimono outfit, including purse and geta sandals, ¥15,000
Flamingo is the parent company behind several second-hand shops that sell American vintage fashion, especially focusing on casual and …continue reading