Last week, Rewind Vintage embarked on yet another exciting trip in the eternal quest to be ahead of trends in finding the hottest and most exclusive vintage pieces. After Paris, Miami and Los Angeles, our next stop was the Land Of The Rising Sun.
A 12 hour ordeal on board of Virgin Atlantic was well worth the effort. Five movies and a Bento box later , we landed in Tokyo, home to the Imperial Palace, the Meji Shrine and vintage of course. Although many would not expect it, Tokyo is well known for its high-quality vintage clothing, and the narrow alleyway of Takeshita-dori in Tokio’s Harajuku area holds the equivalent of London’s Camden market.
Tokyo is a literal treasure trove of funky fashion finds, especially when it comes to cool vintage pieces. There are amazing finds if only one knows where to look. The neighbourhoods of Shimokitazawa, Koenji, and Harajuku are bursting at the seams with second-hand and vintage clothing, accessories, shoes, and knickknacks. Each store has its own unique flavour. Bargaining is ‘De rigour ‘ but, sadly, no one speaks English so it is somehow a lost battle!
The narrow streets are insanely overcrowded, which hits you like a brick wall when you first enter. However the colourfully dressed, eccentric shoppers will enthuse even the most uninspired dresser and are something to marvel at. These looks would never grace the streets of Portobello which makes them so utterly irresistible to stare at.
Far from shy, the Harajuku girls are not afraid to walk around in their experimental outfits, they act as casual as if they were on their way to do their weekly grocery shopping in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt whilst tourists stare in utter disbelief.
Surely ,that’s what vintage is all about: being truly unique.