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Re-Retail: Vintage in Tokyo
November 7, 2008, 2:18 pm
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Time Magazine Online had a very interesting feature this week about the vintage apparel industry in Tokyo which apparently has the world buzzing.  Though the majority of the treasures in these stores do not come cheap, they are often one-of-a-kind and impossible to find elsewhere.  As the emphasis on production shifts from trends to quality, I think with the poor economy we will be seeing an increase in these high-end vintage shops around the world.

Antiqulosium, tel: (81-3) 3461 5295, in Daikanyama, is favored by fashionistas for its mint-condition Pucci, Courregès and Hermès blouses, Bakelite jewelry and Ferragamo heels. The airy shop, which also carries its own vintage-inspired brand, 21st Century Flapper, is not for bargain hunters: a Pucci blouse can go for $850.

Tucked into an alley nearby, Boutique Jeanne Valet, tel: (81-3) 3464 7612, feels more like the dressing room for Phantom of the Opera than a commercial operation. But the store, the brainchild of onetime Paris resident Yoshitatsu Fukuda, attracts a steady flow of stylists and designers with its Victorian-era jackets, blouses and trousers. Those who prefer more modern attire won’t be disappointed: Fukuda also stocks a selection of Pierre Cardin, Leonard and Lanvin dresses, plucked from warehouses on his bimonthly trips to France.

Eva, tel: (81-3) 5489 2488, features unusual pieces chosen by owner Seiko Miyazaki. Her collection includes everything from shiny Biba blouses to Hermès’ iconic 1970s Kelly bag, but the prices tend to be more reasonable than elsewhere. Devotees return regularly to see what Miyazaki has snapped up on a buying trip or released from her warehouse.

Finally, Jack’s Vintage Clothing, tel: (81-3) 3470 1499, sells poodle skirts, bowling shirts and vintage Levi’s out of a closet-like shop on a backstreet in Harajuku — the district known for its weekend gatherings of rockabilly buffs. Store owner Jack (Elvis) Sato, a sometime actor and Elvis fan (he honors the King’s birthday each year by throwing a street party), attracts a mix of stylists, tourists and members of Tokyo’s rockabilly scene. The clingy Hawaiian-print dresses are especially popular, but in fact Jack’s is good for almost anything ’50s. Pick up a couple of items and chances are you’ll blend right into Harajuku’s passing parade.



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