Many people into fashion and Japan now know about Grimoire which I wrote about here, but there are other vintage stores with similar aesthetics and offerings in the area. Valerie and I visited a few while in Shibuya back in March. Here are 3 more fantastic vintage shops you must visit while you’re in Shibuya.
Like Grimoire and cabaret this has an elegant feel, with clothes from the 20′s thrugh to 70′s stuffed together on hangers, lots of furs, tutus everywhere, hats, chandeliers, and so on. There’s a beautiful pink chair to rest in while your friend tries clothes on…or to rest your shopping purchases on while you trawl the racks.
Hoshi Building 6th floor 1-12-14, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
This one is a lot bigget than the others, and has a more modern feel to it, in that it has a lot of 70′s and 80′s represented. There are tons of shoes and boots, lots of blingy jewellery, uniforms and drag queen pieces. I liked the skeletons and other humorous elements in the shop. Overall it’s more hip and less elegant.
Hoshi Building, 3rd floor 1-12-14 Jinnan, Shibuya
Business hours: 13:00 – 21:00
And a store that is not vintage but new, original and gothic in style:
Kiki is one of the people featured in the Gothic Lolita book, and has designed for years, her work featured constantly in Kera magazine, the Gothic Lolita Bible and Alamode magazine. Her blog is here. There are various sub-brands such as Dangerous Nude and Dangerous Deco within the Ziggyvamp company. However, it is the Kikirara Shoten store that we visited in Shibuya.
But I’m partial to her hats and accessories. How about this super-tall tophat in leopard with cross and crown insignia?
I visited the store in Osaka last year and bought an awesome corset in argyle fabric- very Alice in Wonderland. It is well worth a visit.
1-16-10 Shinsaibashi Loncourt bld. 2.5F-1 nishi-shinsaibashi
chuou-ku osaka-shi OSAKA
Business hours: 11:00 – 20:00 closed Thursday
For those in Tokyo now, Tokyo Decadance on May 29 will feature a Dangerous Nude fashion show.