If so, you definitely need to check out my top 8 Harajuku stores.
*NB: Not in any specific order
Number 1: Candy Stripper
Candy Stripper apparel is often seen on the streets of Harajuku and any trendy girl will definitely love this store!♡
|Candy Stripper, Harajuku|
The popular Amo and Ayamo frequently model for the Candy Stripper online website and JPOP star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is often seen wearing Candy Stripper clothing.
*Nb: Candy Stripper is quite expensive
Number 2: Tokyo Bopper
If you're a true Harajuku gal, you're sure to own a pair of boppers!
The Tokyo Bopper store on Cat Street opened in 1994 and has been popular ever since. Their diverse range of unique shoes is what captured the hearts of many fashionists, and what made Tokyo Bopper become an icon of Harajuku street style.
|Tokyo Bopper, Harajuku|
FRUiTS (wearing Tokyo Bopper)http://fy-fruits.tumblr.com/
Number 3: Nadia Flores En El Corzan
Nadia has recently boomed in popularity among young girls interested in fashion.
Items range from apparel, to tattoo stockings, tote bags, beanies, shoes and interesting accessories (iphone cases, earrings, rings, stickers).
The Nadia tote bag is also an icon of Harajuku.
Even popular Zipper model Manitas used to work at Nadia! (She's now working at Pin Nap).
Number 4: SPINNS
Ever since Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's debut, SPINNS has also exploded with popularity, so much popularity that they have opened 2 new stores since and renovated one store! Wow, awesome SPINNS!
SPINNS is a popular, trendy store in Harajuku which frequently sets trends.
|The main SPINNS, Harajuku with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's debut album promotion poster|
SPINNS is cheap, yet sell great clothing. The store stocks anything and everything, ranging from 2nd hand clothing to funky shoe laces. I would definitely recommend everyone to check it out, ASAP! I personally love this store.
Number 5: Avantgarde Japan
Have you ever wanted a store that only specialises in tights, and just tights alone? Well then Avantgarde Japan is the place for you :-)
However, these are not your average stockings.. Avantgarde sells 'tattoo tights'. And as the name suggests, while wearing these tights it will look like you have a nice tattoo on your leg.
|Entrance into Avantgarde Japan|
Tattoo tights at Avantgarde come in various designs; ranging from your loveable Disney characters, to Jesus and to Chocomoo's (Japanese artist) designs.
|Collection of Disney tattoo stockings on the left & Chocomoo on the right|
There are constantly new designs being released so you'll never know what you'll find!
*Juria was one of the main reasons the tattoo tights boomed in popularity
Not only were tattoo tights a MASSIVE hit in Harajuku, they even went into mainstream fashion (in Japan). Other stores also sell tattoo tights, however they're not the originals (or as cool!).
Number 6: 6% DOKIDOKI
|Outside the entrance to 6% DokiDoki|
Another well known store in Harajuku is 6% DokiDoki; a magical store with unicorns and pinkness galore. The two main shop staff Vani and Yuka are the faces of the store, however the producer Sebastian Masuda is the man behind this magnificent store. Masuda is very knowledgable about 'kawaii culture' in Japan and loves working with yellow, pink and purple colours as well as various shapes.
|The beautiful and magical interior of 6% DokiDoki|
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was and still is a huge fan of 6% DokiDoki. Ever since she was 16 years old she would visit the store wearing a massive, oversized bow and buy clothing. Masuda has also collaborated with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu quite a few times now. (e.g. ponponpon, tsukema tsukeru).
|Yuka, Masuda, Kyary, Vani|
Number 7: Kinji
|Kinji Used Fashion|
Kinji is a massive 'used' fashion store. Used fashion is 2nd hand/recycled clothing and is quite popular in Japan. However, Kinji (and SPINNS who also stock used clothing) is a little different to your local Vinnies or Salvation Army store.
Kinji stocks thousands of used clothes, which are not only good quality but super fashionable too!
The absolute best part of shopping for used fashion is the exclusiveness and great finds that are just waiting to be discovered, by you. Kinji sells various brands of clothing, accessories, shoes and more. This store has great prices, so I recommend you definitely take a look one day and go bargain hunting!
Manapyon, a member of the shop staff at Kinji, is a admired by many and quite popular in Harajuku.
Number 8: Prisila
NO WIGS, NO LIFE! is the slogan for the popular wig store Prisila in Harajuku.
Prisila sells wigs in many different designs, colours and shapes. Wigs are quite popular in Japan and allow individuals to change their appearance for a while.Why not be blonde for a day, and then the next day have a short black bob hair cut?
Even Kyary loves wigs!!!
(KPP often wears Prisila wigs)
(KPP often wears Prisila wigs)
Check out KPP's tour of Prisila on youtube:
Well that's it for my top 8!
I hope you will be able to experience Harajuku too and shop there someday. ♡
Let me know if there are any other stores you would like to recommend or if you have any questions.
Other great shops to also visit:
- Panama Boy
- Adidas Originals
- Galaxxxy (Inside La foret Harajuku)