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Vintage Shopping in Koenji

Koenji, the hippest town on the Chuo Line, is filled with young people and artists sporting not the most recent trends but the fashions of yesteryear. Thrift shops and consignment stores are commonplace all over Tokyo but Koenji gives them an original twist. These second hand stores look more like boutiques rather than recycle stores and the clothes are handpicked made both domestically and abroad. Koenji’s vintage stores offer a wide variety of goods, from suspenders to soft graphic tees, to blend in with the locals.

  • Experimental outfits at Hayatochiri

    Experimental outfits at Hayatochiri

    Experimental outfits at Hayatochiri

    Hayatochiri used to be a second hand clothing store but has slowly changed to stock newer, more unique clothing made by imaginative designers. Blending the line between performance art and fashion, Hayatochiri sells experimental clothing that would not look out of place in a in the streets of Koenji. The store has been around for ten years and is still run by the same owner, Goto san. Goto san, a creative himself, has decorated the shop with pages of his favorite manga. He changes the theme of the shop every season and brings in a new line of clothes that will always shock. Hayatochiri is open on weekdays from 3PM-9PM and weekends from 1PM-9PM.

  • Vintage denim and American made goods at SLUT

    Vintage denim and American made goods at SLUT

    Vintage denim and American made goods at SLUT

    Naming a store SLUT might not be the best idea but the American themed second hand store has only received good attention with it. Now open for twelve years, SLUT has a loyal following and four other locations all within walking distance. The staff handpicks all the vintage clothing from second hand stores in America and these frequent trips call for a wide variety of eccentric styles. Expect to find lots of dad style plaid button downs, army green jackets and American university t-shirts. The shop revitalizes the Americana aesthetic for the hip teenagers in Koenji.

    Vintage denim and American made goods at SLUT

    Vintage denim and American made goods at SLUT

  • Second hand brand names at Re’all

    Second hand brand names at Re’all

    Second hand brand names at Re’all

    Re’all is another store specializing in Americana with more of an emphasis on vintage t-shirts and brands. All of the clothes are from either Los Angeles or San Francisco and range from designer brands like Ralph Polo Lauren to Converse high tops. Re’all also has two neighboring stores, one focusing on shoes and the other on vibrant jackets that were popular in the 1990s. Brand name is very important here and most of the products are emblazoned with the designer’s name or company logo. The store is never close to empty and the best finds have spilled out of the store, onto the sidewalk and street. Re’all is open on weekdays from 1PM-9PM and weekends from 12PM-9PM.

  • Super Old

    Super Old

    Super Old

    Super Old describes exactly what the shop sells, super old clothing. The second hand store sells vintage denim and long dresses that were popular in the 1980s. The shop is small but packed and most of its merchandise is outside, making it the perfect place to browse aloha shirts and pleated skirts on a warm day.

  • Whistler

    Whistler

    Whistler

    Whistler specializes in gentlemen’s American vintage from the 1940s-1960s. Find suspenders, suit jackets and a plethora of sweater vests for both formal and casual wear. The shop changes to reflect every season and is currently offering linen slacks and silk scarves for summer. While Whistler specializes in classic vintage, it also offers some casual American clothes. Army and camouflage are popular as well as plaid flannel for fall and graphic tees for spring and summer. Whistler is open from 12PM-9PM everyday.

    Whistler

    Whistler

    Koenji
    Address
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kouenjiminami 4-chome
    Phone
    Hayatochiri
    Address
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kouenjikita 3-4-11 Kitakore building first floor
    Phone
    0353275330
    Address
    東京都杉並区高円寺南4-1-6-1F
    Phone
    0359138470
    Re''all
    Address
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kouenjiminami 4-29-13
    Phone
    0364546802
  • SUPER OLD
    Address
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kouenjiminami 4-22-1
    Phone
    0333178336
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