Fashion | , , | November 20, 2018

 

With Japan being one of the bigger fashion hubs of the world, it comes as no surprise that streetwear stores are as common as 7-Eleven’s. With travel deals going as quick as they’re coming, it’s best to jump in quick in order to have as much dosh as possible to spend on clothes and shoes to regret once you go over your kg allowance on the trip home.

 

As a travelling student with taste that screams Acne but a bank account that whispers Kmart, I spent way too long finding the stores that are most worth your time and money, so all you have to do is gather together your drug-smuggler-esque passport pic and a good neck pillow for the 10 hour flight.

 

Kicks Lab – Harajuku

〒150-0001 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jingumae, 4 Chome−32−5 HTSビル

 

 

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Stumbling across this Harajuku sneaker store was incredibly detrimental to my travel funds. Here, you can find rows upon rows of new-to-the-market, old faithful and deadstock apparel. But the best part? They’re bound to have your size in stock. The only downside to Kicks Lab is how hard it is to make a decision on what sneaker to cop. (I will not be responsible for insufficient funds for remainder of your trip.)

 

RAGTAG – Shibuya

 Chome-17-7 Jinnan, Shibuya

 

 

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RAGTAG is a Japanese chain store that stocks used, vintage and consignment pieces of the most popular contemporary brands; you can find the likes of A.P.C, Supreme, Gucci, BAPE and Dior all at prices that are incredibly reasonable. As all chains are essentially resell stores, sizing is limited, but between all 3 levels of this particular Shibuya location, it’s easy to find and make at least one valuable cop. If you’re after specifics, all racks of clothing are labelled with the specific brand of clothing they hold, or else feel free to wander between levels with the help of the store elevator.

 

Lazy Hazy Planet – Shibuya

4-32-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku

 

 

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There’s not much to say about Lazy Hazy Planet (L.H.P.) besides the fact that is has everything you need. L.H.P. stocks new to the market items by brands from Pleasures to Gosha Rubchinskiy. I was even lucky enough to cop some FuckTyga pieces that I thought only ever existed on the internet. Items are at retail prices here, making them somewhat pricier, although it’s extremely convenient to have streetwear essentials all under the same roof (and equally dangerous).

 

Kinji – Harajuku

〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−31−10 YMスクエア原宿B1F

 

 

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One thing to be aware of before you go into Kinji – if you are with someone, don’t fucking lose sight of them, otherwise you won’t find them again. Kinji is a second-hand superstore, catering to different types of styles for everyone. Here, you can pick up some great branded and non-branded pieces to put together unique and vintage fits. There’s almost too much to go through in Kinji, although again, clothing is categorised so it’s easy to find what you’re after. I find it particularly troublesome to head into second-hand stores around Sydney and find absolutely nothing but Target basics that smell like mothballs and creepy-as-shit dolls that someone’s grandma has been storing in her closet for 30 years.

 

Chicago – Shimokitazawa

5 Chome-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya

 

 

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Chicago is like convenient store food – it doesn’t look promising, but on a slim budget, God you’re grateful for it. All your essentials can be found here: Nike, Champion, Adidas, Umbro and enough Dickies boiler suits to earn your own spot in Brockhampton. The store holds extremely affordable vintage items, as well as pricier items from last season. It’s a necessity, especially towards the end of your trip when you realise you’ve been calculating the exchange rate wrong the whole time.

 

Grab your mates for a Japan essentials trip with Intrepid to have your accom and flights sorted for you; the only hard decision you’ll have to make is which fashion hotspot to visit first. Thank us later. 

 

Cover image via Instagram @yyoung_eui.