Gothic & Alternative fashion stores in Osaka

On my last day in Osaka I did a big walking tour from OPA to America Mura and the surrounds, checking out and snapping the various fashion stores there. Below are some of the alternative ones (ie gothic or too wacky for gyaru or mainstream fashion).  If you take the street that runs next to OPA, and walk towards America Mura (with its well known triangle park), a lot of these stores are on the road or just around the corner.

Naoto is further away…I discovered it on my way to see Benny at Chopstick Tattoo (although he is now located at Big Step, so much more central).

h.Naoto 
1-9-1 Minami-Horie Nishi-ku Osaka

 

Walking from the south back towards the central area of triangle park & americamura there is a greater concentration of alt shops.  Right opposite the traingle park, there is Qutie Frash, and a few doors down from it, Cheer.

 

As you can see by looking at them Qutie Frash has an asian cyber feel, while Cheer is much like Super Lovers in its bold use of colour and nu-rave approach.

Just up from these is the Loncourt Building, which houses many of the alt labels you know and love – Dangerous Nude (Kikirara Shoten), Sexpot Revenge, Super Lovers, ..

The shop at the front of it all is “Gross” – yes, I kid you not! It’s a great store though, with Iron Fist shoes and Lip Service USA clothing. Next to it is the arcade entrance – that is, Loncourt is to the left, and Gross is to the right as you face them.

  

 

Here’s a map just to help you get your bearings:

I headed straight upstairs to check out Dangerous Nude:

 

and then Sexpot Revenge:

   

On the main ground floor is Regulus, Super Lovers, Toxic Star, Deorart etc..great fun to have a wander through.

Further up the road, walking towards OPA, I discovered this great store ‘Speech’, that was obviously very funky & hip & I think frequented by Osaka stylists for styling shoots:

A little further, on the next corner was the amazing Alice Auaa store (same building as the music bar RockRock)

Alice Auaa
Atrium Bldg 1-8-1,Nishishinsaibashi,Cyuo-ku, Osaka

 

Of course I went in to check out the Alice Auaa store with its amazing interiors and fashion. However, I didn’t get back at night to see what Rock Rock  was like in action. But it’s on the list for next time!

  

I couldn’t forget Algonquins:

 

Arriving back at OPA, in the basement there is Peace Now/Black Peace Now and Super Lovers!

 

And that brings me to the end of the tour for today.

Suffice to say, you won’t run out of things to look at when you’re in Osaka, although you may run out of cash!

Naoto News!

There are so many exciting events coming up shortly in the gothic fashion and music stakes, which I’ll be posting about in the next week. Some of them are in Tokyo and I’m getting VERY excited now, as I leave for o/s again on the 14th – a week Monday!! After 3 days in Seoul, South Korea, I head once again to Tokyo, which leads me back to the topic at hand.

Today I want to focus on fave Japanese gothic designer, Hirooka Naoto.

March 19h.NAOTO Frill Collection 2011

To display his latest “Sweet Frills” range, Naoto is throwing a Lolita Sweets Party! (And it’s when I’m there, muahahaha…) Gothic Lolita celebrity Aoki Misako (world ambassador for “Cute”) will be there, having returned from her jaunts round the world (read more at her website):

Naoto Creative Designer Hiroshi Oka will also be there, as well as other guests, photo sessions, and from what I can make out, a Best Co-ordinate Competition. Oh, and of course, delicious sweet cakes and tea, all in a genteel atmosphere. So Tokyo lolitas have a wonderful excuse to dress up and come along! I think I *might* just get to this for the photo opportunities, even though I myself am not at all into the sweet side of things.

  • DATE / March 19 (Sat)
  • OPEN: 15:00 START: 16:00
  • PLACE / h.NAOTO + Harajuku
  • Tickets dealer / h.NAOTO + Harajuku, Laforet Harajuku, Shinjuku Marui * Tickets are 1,575 yen (tax included) 
  • Contact / h, NAOTO + Harajuku (03-3478-6454)

March 26 –  T. KUNITOMO & gouk FASHION SHOW & PARTY

Fashion show of brand new collections, set in a party atmosphere with food and drinks

  • DATE: March 26 (Sat)
  • OPEN: 18:00 START: 19:00
  • PLACE: T.KUNITOMO Gallery
  • Contact: 03-5766-3910

There are soo many upcoming Naoto events – check this page for what’s happening in the next few months. One I definitely want to check out is the exhibition in Marui One from March 24-30:

h.Anarchy Army Collection

ANARCHY will present a punk rock and “ARMY” theme.  Expect wild and powerful camouflage fabrics in military designs. 

  • DATE:  March 24 (Thu) ~ 30 (Wed) 
  • PLACE: h.NAOTO store, Marui Shinjuku
  • Contact:  h.NAOTO + store (03-3478-6454) , h.NAOTO Marui Shinjuku (03-3358-1889)
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    Pet cat 101 MINT SHOP 

    This is a pop-up store in Marui One, on the 2nd floor from 5 – 23 March, featuring the popular Sixh offshoot brand, “MINT Cats” . To commemorate this, the character “Sakurako” T-shirt has been designed, and  the first 50 people who spend over 5,250 yen,  will win a “Sakurako” badge.  See the t-shirt and badge below.

     

    Naoto has also released new items on the website for March 2011 from h.ANARCHY, Blood, and H.JELLY, Gramm, Frill,Sixh, Hangry & Angry, and Gouk.

    Just last week on Feb 26th, the Sixh 2011 Summer Collection was unveiled at Naoto HQ in Harajuku. This time there was definitely a rock and quirky/indie vibe happening, and far from being all-black, there was blue and purple in the designs, and even plaid! 

      

     

     

    Of course you want to check out the runway show, I’m sure:

    Fans will recognise IBI, Mint and Gashicon from Sixh the band - who will all be attending the Anime Matsuri convention March 18-20 in Texas, along with La Carmina! See her post on Anime Matsuri here for more details. And…the band itself will be playing only a day later, back in Tokyo, on the 21st of March!

    Sixh. Night Vol 3 in Ikebukuro BlackHole

    Of course it will be an event fusing fashion and music. Sixh is joined by God Circus Dog

     

    Sixh. Live sponsored project

    • DATE: March 21 (Mon)
    • PLACE: Ikebukuro BLACK HOLE
    • Doors open 18:00 for 18:30 start
    • Advance ticket 3,000 yen / 3,500 yen

    That’s another one to try to get to…but there’s so much else on!

    So that’s a whole lotta Naoto love for now; hope you enjoyed :) Other posts you might like: Naoto at Japan Fashion Week, Naoto fukubukuro day and h.Naoto gothic lolita fashion designer extraordinaire.

    January 2nd – Naoto Fukubukuro Day!

    Well, I had an epic shopping adventure today!

    I decided to start off with my first love – gothic fashion, namely, at Marui One floors 6, 7 & 8.  There was no queue, as I did leave it til after 10am to go…but boy were there shoppers once inside!

    I bought 2 lucky bags from h.Naoto – although the choice from his various ranges was vast, including Gouk, Gramm, Heaven, Peace Now, Sixh etc,  chose Black Peace Now and Anarchy.

    Here’s what was inside:

    Black Peace Now

    I chose the purple bag which was “cool”, the red BPN bag was “pretty”

    Four good items were inside:

    1) an assymetrical hem t-shirt dress, value 9,030 yen 2) assymetrical hem skirt, value 14, 280 yen (I can only just get it done up and it’s a medium)

      

    3) A great black jacket with zips and buckles, value 22,050 yen

     

    4) a white blouse with matching ruffled collar (not in picture), value 14,90

    So you see, the value of any one item made up for the 10,500 fukubukuro charge (or was it 10,000?) 

    Then there was the Anarchy bag for 10,500 yen, which had 6 items.

      

    1) t-shirt type dress with elasticised drop-waist & 2) purple tank top

     

    3) Warm wool jacket and 4) jeans

     

    5) a hip length fleecy hoody with pockets, and 6) a check scarf. I have to admit, these I wore all day.

    You see, the goodie bags weighed so much, and I left my credit card back in my room, so I decided to go back to my hotel and dump it all before heading out to Shibuya. I changed my vinyl jacket I’d worn for the hoodie, and wrapped the scarf round my neck.

    The jeans will have to be sold, as I don’t wear them and they’re too small. The warm wool jacket is a bit too big…but maye Dom can wear it. Not sure if the dress with the drop-waist is really me…will have to wait til I put it on. I have to confess it made me cautious of buying more goodie bags. I only have so much unwanted stuff I can take on the plane!

    After this I went to Shibuya 109, then La Foret and Takeshita Street in Harajuku, before hitting Lumine Est back in Shinjuku and then the subnade. Bought more things, but all separate; no bags. Alas, the pics are on my little camera, and I failed to pack the uploading cable for it…so pics of girls with their fuku bags will have to wait.  I think this is enough for today, but I’ll show the rest of my haul tomorrow.

    What items did you like best in this stash?

    Tokyo fashion posts on The Fashionate Traveller

    I finally put up a page with links to my posts on Japanese gothic, lolita, dolly kei, punk, gyaru and street fashion (well, Tokyo mostly), and thought I’d post it as well. It’s a work in progress, and I’ve probably missed a few articles, but here is the list thus far:

    Japanese fashion: labels, designers, events & stores

    * Alamode Market

    * Ales Wigs & Extensions

    Algonquins
    * Algonquins Shinjuku
    * Algonquins skirt (outfit post)
    * Algonquins skirt to meet Violet (outfit post)

    Alice Auaa
    * Alice Auaa – exquisite gothic lolita fashion
    * Alice Auaa and other gauzy cobweb fabrics

    Ann Vanilla
    * Ann Vanilla bolero

    Atelier Pierrot
    * Atelier Pierrot shopping sites
    * Atelier Boz & Black Peace Now collaboration

    Banana Fish
    * Banana Fish Shimokitazawa store
    * Banana Fish tulle skirt (outfit post)

    * Bunka Fashion College Shinjuku – graduate accessories exhibition

    Electric Alice
    * Electric Alice webstore
    * Electric Alice at Glebe Markets

    Fan Plus Friend
    * Gothic Aristocrat Cancan outfit

    * Fashion’s Night Out in Tokyo

    Hellcat Punks
    * Hellcat Punks in La Foret

    h. Naoto (Peace Now, Black Peace Now etc)
    * Naoto collection for Goth night 28/29th August 2010
    * Black Peace Now & Atelier Boz collaboration
    * BPN skirt from Electric Alice (outfit post)
    * BPN skirt at Lunarmorph (outfit post)
    * BPN outfit to have tea with Violet
    * BPN skirt with Romance Was Born Jacket

    Kikirara Shoten/Dangerous Nude
    * Kikirara Shoten store in Shibuya
    * Visiting Kiki for interview
    * Dangerous Nude corset (outfit post)

    Lip Service (Japan)
    * Lip Service SS 2010

    Marui One
    * Marui One Shinjuku 2009
    * Marui One sale
    * Halloween at Marui One
    * Marui One first visit

    * Merry Go Land

    *Miss Me, Omotesando Hills

    Nude n’ Rude
    * Nude n’ Rude goth punk store in Koenji
    * Nude n’ Rude turns 1

    Putumayo
    * Putumayo Harajuku

    * Reem Alasadi Fashion Week Tokyo Feb 10

    Sex Pot Revenge
    * Sex Pot Revenge SS Range 2010
    * Sex Pot Revenge blue leopard pants outfit post

    Shibuya 109 (gal style)
    * Shibuya 109 first visit March 10 – TutuHA, Flag J, Lip Service etc
    * Shibuya 109 April 10

    Takuya Angel
    * Takuya Angel store
    * Takuya Angel Harajuku Lash style
    * Celebrating Hanabi with Takuya Angel

    * Tokyo fashion shopping general – BPN, Alice Auaa, Algonquins, Sex Pot Revenge, Banana Fish, Ozz Croce, Qutie Frash

    * Tokyo Fashion Week highlights Oct 2009 – FurFur, Monotari Ono, Yukiko Hanai, Aguri Sagamori, GVGV etc

    * Tokyo Shoe Haul

    Tokyo Rebel
    * Tokyo Rebel roundup

    * Yamanote Line Fashion – street fashion in diff suburbs on the Yamanote line

    Yosuke USA
    *Yosuke in Marui One
    * Fab platform boots from Yosuke
    * Autumn sale at Rakuten

    Vintage, Dolly Kei and Cult Party Kei
    * Cabaret
    * Grimoire online shop
    * Grimoire and Tarock at Merry Go Land
    * Nude Trump
    * Rosy Baroque
    * The Virgin Mary, Tarock with Ricco, and Grimoire
    * My attempt at Dolly Kei (outfit post)

    Japanese Street Fashion websites etc
    * Ridsnap and Filmdancer
    * Tokyo Kawaii TV

    Harajuku general
    * Harajuku Street fashion - cool boys & a few girls
    * Saturday arvo walk through Harajuku
    * Harajuku Sunday afternoon - lolitas, cosplayers, Elvises & me
    * Meeting Adam Lambert in Harajuku
    * Harajuku first visit ever

    Kera Magazine
    * Kera magazine Sept 10
    * Kera magazine, models & iphone app