TOKYO’S FINEST MENSWEAR STORES 2016
SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING STORES AND FASHIONABLE BRANDS AROUND
Here at Menswear Style we’re taking a look at some of the worlds biggest and most fashionable cities, bringing you a roundup of our favourite stores that you should be checking out when you make your visit (go read our Paris list if you haven’t already). For our latest instalment we’re taking a look at one of the most fashion forward cities on the face of the earth. A city whose love for quality denim, exclusive streetwear and utilitarian workwear inspired style has given birth to some of the most exciting stores and fashionable brands around – Tokyo.
Beams have been providing Japan with modestly priced, fashion-forward, high quality clothing for the past 40 years. In that time they have grown to incorporate everything from homeware to kids clothing within their group. However, for us men the stand out arm of their business comes in the form of Beams+, which consists of timeless 1940s – 1950s American inspired apparel with a Japanese twist. The store in Harajuku is the only Beams store to carry this line, along with the likes of Woolrich, Baracuta and more. The shop itself doesn’t look too shabby either, adorned with hanging baskets and ferns which frame the entrance beautifully.
Find it: 1F, 3-25-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Dover Street Market Ginza
The first incarnation of Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe’s Dover Street Market outside of London, DSM Ginza is a sprawling 7-storey department store, carrying only the finest and most fashionable clothing. Opened in 2012 it has quickly become a kingpin in the Tokyo fashion scene and attracts visitors from all over the world. While the store carries many of the same brands and designers as it’s UK counterpart, streetwear giants such as Supreme and A Bathing Ape all have their own sections within the shop now too.
Find it: Ginza Komatsu West 6-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Okura – which in Japanese means a place full of old treasures and memories from one's childhood – is a really quaint little shop. Tucked away down a backstreet of Daikanyama, you could easily mistake it for somebody’s house. The store is decorated with seashells, driftwood and all sorts of trinkets that were collected from the beach during the stores construction back in the 90’s. Okura stocks it’s own unique brands, focusing mainly on traditional Japanese tailoring and dyeing techniques. It’s a must visit if you’re looking for something unique and a bit out of the ordinary.
Find it: 20-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0033
Located in the heart of what is arguably Tokyo’s fashion capital, Harajuku – Green Angle continues Japanese menswear’s obsession with all things vintage and American. The interior of the store is decked out with old American signage, baseball flags and posters, and carries a staggering array of brands – some of which you’ll be familiar with and others…probably not. As well as their selection of guest brands Green Angle also produce their own line of the same name, supplying wardrobe essentials such as varsity jackets, shirts and jeans.
Find it: 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 3 Chome-27-4
Hollywood Ranch Market
For a completely different shopping experience why not try Hollywood Ranch Market, a place that feels more like a small indoor flea market than anything else. Expect to find eco-friendly jeans, T-shirts and even other odds and ends such as incense and various accessories. It’s rugged, earthy casual wear at its finest and you’ll even find the odd familiar brand thrown in, such as Mt. Ranier Design and more.
Find it: 150-0033 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sarugakucho, 28-17