If you like Harajuku, you’ll love Shimokitazawa! More popular, less crowded, colorful and very pleasant to visit (no traffic is allowed in the neighborhood, basically all around the Shimo-Kitazawa Station), hippest “Shimokita“ (Setagaya District, Tokyo) also offers a great concentration of second-hand shops selling cutting-edge selections of Japanese and worlwide leading brands. A real heaven for fashion lovers, even with a tight budget. Wanna know the coolest spots? Join the tour guide!
What I found: lot of international labels for women downstairs (Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Nina Ricci, Chloe… but also cheapest ones) and some sharpest brands for men and women upstairs (Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Limi Feu, Maison Martin Margiela…), plus a large sweet lolita fashion selection.
What I bought: a Lulu on the Bridge white shirt with a silk black bow for approx. 30 €, a Munich vintage crappy t-shirt for 3 €.
Treasure Factory Style
What I found: approximately everything, from Uniqlo plain t-shirts to Tsumori Shisato madest dresses or Alexander Wang almost complete range of men tops! One of the largest shoes and accessories selection in the neighborhood.
What I bought: never weared Marc by Marc Jacobs baby blue leather ballerinas for ap. 70 €, a brand new Cabane de Zucca watch for approx. 50 €.
What I found: a lot of domestic brands (Comme des Garçons, Tsumori Chisato, Issey Miyake, Limi Feu, Mercibeaucoup, Minä Perhonen, Ne-net…) and a nice selection of international ones (Margiela, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen…) for women. Men are treated aswell upstairs.
What I bought: a Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garçons sleeveless long asymmetric black and grey top (slightly used) for approx. 45 €.
Shinriki Bldg, 2-33-5 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (map location)
What I found: mainly international brands (Burberry, Paul Smith, Jil Sander, Prada, Tom Ford, Dolce&Gabbana…) in mint condition for men and women at very affordable prices.
What I bought: a brand new Paul Smith Black Label grey and green pencil skirt for approx. 40 €.