I couldn’t wait to explore the world of vintage shopping and designer resale in Japan! I went to every single spot that was considered the “it” location for vintage and designer resale and it did not disappoint! Tokyo and Kyoto have something special to offer whether you want thrifty finds or more luxury pieces. Shopping in Japan will spoil you as the customer service is incredible! The employees at every store were attentive, kind and so helpful. If a store didn’t’ have what I was looking for, they would point me in the right direction.
Here are my recommendations for vintage and second hand shopping in Tokyo and Kyoto:
Tokyo is a global fashion mecca, boasting a wide array of vintage and designer resale boutiques. Here are some must-visit districts and tips for your vintage shopping adventure:
– Harajuku is a fashion-forward neighborhood known for its eclectic street style.
– Visit Cat Street for vintage boutiques like Chicago and Koenji Vintage.
– Look for luxury finds at LAILA Vintage and Ragtag Harajuku.
– Stroll down Omotesando Avenue, often referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées.
– Don’t miss the iconic Ragtag Omotesando store for curated designer pieces.
– This hip neighborhood is a vintage lover’s paradise.
– Explore narrow streets filled with vintage shops, such as Flamingo and Chicago Shimokitazawa. Don’t miss the reworked vintage pieces at Flamingo. I got my fab reworked Dickie’s for about $100 here.
– Aoyama boasts high-end designer resale stores like Brand Collect and RAGTAG Aoyama.
– Find exclusive pieces from luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
For Designer Goods, Don’t Miss:
Brand Off is a well-established luxury resale chain in Japan, with multiple locations in Tokyo. They offer a wide range of authenticated second-hand designer items, including handbags, clothing, and accessories.
QOO is a trendy second-hand boutique in Tokyo, known for its carefully curated selection of high-end fashion. You can find both classic and avant-garde designer pieces here.
Amore is a luxury vintage and second-hand store located in Tokyo’s fashionable Aoyama district. They specialize in authenticated designer fashion items, ensuring quality and authenticity.
Ragtag Omotesando is a renowned destination for luxury second-hand fashion in the heart of Tokyo. With a curated selection of high-end designer pieces, it offers a wide range of brands and styles.
LAILA Vintage specializes in vintage clothing and accessories, offering a unique collection of timeless pieces. From vintage Chanel to rare finds, this boutique caters to fashion connoisseurs.
Brand Collect in Aoyama is a haven for those seeking pre-loved luxury items from renowned fashion houses. The store carries a curated selection of authenticated designer fashion, including handbags, clothing, and accessories.
While Kyoto is renowned for its historic temples and traditional culture, it also hides treasures for vintage and designer resale enthusiasts. Here’s what you need to know:
– Maiko Antiques deserves it’s own spot on this list because it’s that good! It’s a tiny stored filled from floor to ceiling with the very best antiques and vintage goods. I scored 4 vintage silk kimonos, woodblock prints, Kokeshi dolls and more tchotches to bring back home. I swear it’s a one stop for all your vintage wish list finds.
– Explore Teramachi Street, a historic shopping district in the heart of Kyoto.
– Discover second-hand kimonos and vintage accessories at Kimono-ya and Yojiya Café.
– Kiyamachi Street offers a mix of traditional and contemporary stores.
– Look for vintage kimonos and antique accessories at Sukiya Kimono and Morita Kimono.
To-ji Temple Flea Market:
– If you’re lucky enough to visit on the 21st of the month, check out the To-ji Temple Flea Market for vintage textiles, ceramics, and clothing.
For Designer Goods, Don’t Miss:
Decouverte is a renowned vintage and second-hand store in Kyoto, offering a diverse range of high-quality designer fashion pieces. The store’s collection includes vintage jewelry and accessories. I purchased my vintage Celine vanity here!
Brand Off also has a presence in Kyoto, offering a selection of second-hand luxury fashion. The prices here were very reasonable and I loved seeing a bit more color in the Kyoto store compared to the Tokyo location.
There’s a Rag Tag and several 2nd Streets here so be sure to hit them up because you never know what you’ll find!
Authentication is Key: When purchasing luxury items, ensure authenticity. Ask for certificates of authenticity and do your research on brand-specific details.
Bargain with Respect: In Japan, bargaining isn’t common, but it’s acceptable at some flea markets and smaller shops. Be polite and respectful when negotiating prices.
Size Matters: Japanese sizing can be smaller than Western sizing. Always check the size and try items on if possible.
Language Assistance: While many shopkeepers in Tokyo and Kyoto speak some English, it’s helpful to learn a few basic Japanese phrases or have a translation app handy.
Cash is King: Some vintage shops may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash. Higher end shops will accept credit cards and will offer duty free shopping as well.
Plan Your Visit: Research shop hours, as some vintage boutiques have irregular schedules or are closed on specific days.
Tokyo and Kyoto offer a unique blend of contemporary fashion and vintage charm. Whether you’re seeking a classic Chanel bag, a vintage kimono, or a one-of-a-kind accessory, these cities are a treasure trove for fashion aficionados. Remember to immerse yourself in the local culture, be respectful, and, most importantly, enjoy the thrill of discovering your own vintage and designer treasures in Japan. Happy hunting!