There’s always time for shopping, right? After taking in the sights of Tokyo, I couldn’t miss dropping by Harajuku street for a quick fashion fix. It was less chilly that day so I was able to wear lighter clothes. I whipped out my florals and set aside my plaids to match the lovely spring weather. You know me, I love my florals. I love it so much one floral print wasn’t enough for my outfit. The print on print action isn’t that obvious though. I guess it’s because my sweater’s floral pattern looks similar to that of my skirt’s and they both have black outlines that kinda make the two prints look continuous. What do you think?
Unlike last year, I didn’t take much photos of Harajuku and Takeshita street. They’re still as colorful and full of life as always though.
Aside from Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Omotesando and the other usual shopping areas, I discovered another hidden gem for you shopaholics! This one isn’t as mainstream though but I spent hours here because the items in these stores are just fascinating. The place I’m talking about is Kitakore in Koenji. Walking around Koenji, one wouldn’t think there’s anything to find here for fashionistas. The houses and establishments here look like this.
But just off the side of the street, you’ll find these unique stores that look like no professional carpenter ever had the chance to lay their hands on them. There’s no mistaking that these stores are indie, both inside and out.
I went to Kitakore around 11am so most of the stores were still closed when I arrived. I was lucky enough to find Garter, Ilil and Dog open though. In just this building alone, I was already more than satisfied! There were so many cool finds!
My guide said Lady Gaga shops here. I can see why! Look at these headpieces! It’s a costume stylist’s heaven!
There sell a lot of exclusive designs but they also sell vintage luxury clothes and jewelry from brands like Versace, Chanel, Moschino and more.
I couldn’t help but stare at the embellishments on these!
I was this close to buying that seashell hat.
Can you see the PVC clothing in front? The transparent ones? The workmanship on those are just something else!!! As a designer, I can just imagine how hard they must be to conceptualize and make. WOW.
Want some unique eyewear? How about these?
I wish I was able to see the other stores here in Kitakore. Oh well, there’s always next time. Hopefully, more indie/non-mainstream stores will be discovered on my next trips!
Chanel earrings | EMODA sweater | iSwag Shop sweater | Topshop skirt | LUMO silver midi ring, gold knot ring and silver vertical bar ring | Pretty Little Blings paperplane necklace, ribbon ring, diamond ring and infinity ring | Chanel bag | Kurt Geiger shoes