Five Top Vintage Clothing Shops in Omotesando and Harajuku
February 26, 2016
People often associate Tokyo with the priciest shopping in the world, and depending on your taste, that can be a fair assessment. However, if you are in for the thrill of bargain hunting, consignment and recycle shops are the solution to looking designer chic on a fast-fashion budget. Some fantastic second-hand and vintage stores are scattered throughout Tokyo, stocked with last season’s designer duds, vintage handbags, and one of a kind pieces, taking you through eras on the fashion timeline.
In a series of posts we will recommend some of our favorite second-hand clothing chain stores and hidden vintage boutiques that you can use to guide you along your treasure hunt. For this first installment we have zeroed in on some of our favorites in Omotesando and Harajuku. It’s all mapped out for you below, so grab your walking shoes and go find yourself some gold!
Pass the Baton
You’ll find this highly curated consignment shop at the end of Omotesando Hills. The luxury recycle shop boasts quite an array of merch, including china tea sets, antiques and religious motifs and knick-knacks. Vintage designer apparel, shoes and accessories are scattered throughout the large basement store, displayed on racks or styled on mannequins. You wont find snags, holes or stains in these high quality, recycled items, which often are hand-me-downs from local celebrities.
Address: 2F Omotesando Hills West Bldg., 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Open: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun and hols 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Hidden in an apartment building behind Omotesando, Vintage Qoo is a top destination for luxury vintage goods. The secret shop is a Chanel collector’s paradise, with classic Chanel quilted handbags, accessories and sunglasses making up most of the inventory in the store. Antique Louis Vuitton luggage, MCM backpacks and YSL shoes are also staple finds within the boutique. Vintage Qoo is a museum of designer vintage and a perfect shopping experience when looking for exclusive luxury goods.
Address: 4-3-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 12–7 p.m.
With multiple storefronts around Tokyo, two of this chain’s most popular locations are in Harajuku. Chicago sells a combination of traditional American thrift store staples such as flannels, stone washed denim and collegiate sweatshirts, mixed with Japanese kimonos and yukatas. Chicago is also a haven for throwback accessories, such as snapback hats, patches and scarves. Get lost in the racks of vintage fun and enjoy the high energy of this hipster boutique.
Address: 4-26-26 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11 am–8 p.m.
Jumble Store is another second-hand clothing chain store, and it can fall under the radar if you aren’t privy to consignment shopping. The Harajuku location is loaded with last season’s designer collections as well as lesser-known Japanese brands, all sold at attractive price points. Jumble offers a wide selection of casual streetwear and some high-end pieces, as well as a bevy of handbags and accessories to check out.
Address: 4-26-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Brand Collect is a staple shop for stylish guys in Harajuku, selling slightly used and imported Western and domestic brand clothing. Vintage shopping isn’t just for the ladies, and this “mainly menswear” store sells sought-after, high quality clothing, luggage and accessories at a fraction of the retail cost. Famous brands such as Supreme, A Bathing Ape, Givenchy, The North Face and more are stocked in this ultra-cool guys’ recycle haven.
Address: 4-26-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.