Everything You Need To Know About Vintage Shopping In Tokyo
Feast your eyes on all that vintage Chanel, just take it all in. Here, we show you the best places to get everything from vintage Levi's to glorious 1990s Chanel.| May 23, 2017
Everyone loves Tokyo. The people are polite, the food is incredible, the cultural heritage sites are stunning, the shopping is one of the best in the world and, unlike the rest of Asia, Tokyo’s vintage scene is vibrant enough to parallel the likes of New York City and Paris. We had an entire list of things to do during our recent vacay in Tokyo (Tokyo Disneyland included, obviously), but the item that ranked highest on our itinerary was vintage shopping. Vintage shopping isn’t really a thing in Singapore – surprising for some, but it’s true – so we go a little mad whenever we get a chance to do it.
If you’re a vintage Chanel hoarder, Tokyo is honestly one of the best places to feed your hoarding tendencies. When we stepped into Vintage Brand Boutique Amore after a long walk uphill, our first thought was, “Oh my god, is this heaven?” Not only did the shop’s air-conditioning offer respite from Tokyo’s sweltering summer, the rows and I mean ROWS of vintage Chanel bags and accessories were a serious sight for weary eyes. Fanny packs, backpacks, limited edition pieces, shoes, swimsuits, belts, brooches, earrings and, of course, countless versions of the 2.55 – Amore’s entire space is dedicated to Chanel. Was the temptation to take home one or two of these babies strong? Yes, yes it was. Damage was done, that’s all we can say.
Another popular go-to for Chanel cray-crays is Vintage Qoo. Located in an old, unassuming building that only served to up the hip factor, Vintage Qoo features Chanel bags, clothing and accessories right alongside vintage pieces from Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent and the like. They also carry a few racks of no-name vintage clothing, so there’s the variety. Vintage Qoo’s collection of denim Chanel bags is pretty impressive as well, much to Yoyo’s delight. (You all know she’s the denim equivalent of a cat lady).
Tokyo is also vintage Levi’s heaven. Santa Monica, Chicago Jingumae and Long Beach are some of the best places in Central Tokyo to dig for a pair of vintage denims, though they’re good for t-shirts and military jackets too. Chicago Jingumae, which we found by chance while trying to locate Flamingo Harajuku, is the biggest of the lot and is the place to go to if you’re stocking up on vintage iron-on patches. They go as low as ¥100 a piece!
Like we said, Tokyo is one of Asia’s best when it comes to vintage shopping, so we’re pretty sure we left out some pretty great stores. If you’ve got one to recommend, leave it in the comments below.
Where To Go:
Room 515, Central Omotesando
4-3-15 Jingumae, Shibuya
5-8-5 Meijijingumae, Shibuyaku
Vintage Brand Boutique Amore
1F, 5-39-2 Jingumae, Shibuya
6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya
Long Beach Omotesando
4 Chrome-4-11, Jingumae, Shibuya
Junkyard 1F, 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Originally posted on 21 July 2016.