Shop like a local in Tokyo - Men's clothing
Tokyo has an infinite amount of shopping possibilities whether you're a guy or a girl, but this city really has some amazing places for men's shopping. Tokyo is probably the hippest city we've ever been too. If you go to the cool and upcoming neighbourhoods you'll see street style like you never seen before. The Tokyoites care about what they wear and it's clear that they put a lot of effort into wearing the coolest threads - men as well as women. Basically all areas in Tokyo are great for shopping, but it depends a lot on what kind of style you have and what kind of brands you like.
If you like big department stores and classic brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes and the other big guys then you'll be doing just fine by going to areas such as Shibuya and Ginza. This is where all of the high street brands can be found. It will difficult to not find what you're looking for in these 2 areas as this is Tokyo's shopping mekka.
Designer boutiques and TRendy shops
For shops that sell upcoming designer clothes, as well as designs made in Japan head over to Daikanyama, Omotosando and Aoyama. All of those 3 areas are full of small boutiques that will wipe your credit card. These 3 are areas where you'll find shops everywhere, but also where a lot of the cool kids hang out. A lot of stores in these 3 areas just sell quality items made in Japan. A lot of Japanese indigo and a whole lot of lightweight linen shirts and trousers.
For vintage there are 2 main areas that you should be going to. The first one is an area that used to be quite run-down but is slowly rising up as hipster-heaven - Shimokitazawa. Everything and everyone in this area look cool. You'll find vintage shops everywhere and some great places to have lunch/drinks. The other good area for vintage shopping is in Harajuku. Actually there's a small street in Harajuku that pretty much just has vintage shops and you can make some great finds here.
Ollie brought back items from each of the stores below as they all carried something special that you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. Enjoy the shopping!
UES: Premium selvedge jeans. This is one of the best denim brands in Japan. These guys sell only sell denim products and you'll be sure to find a pair of jeans in your favourite fit. A cool feature is that the leather patch on the back of the jeans gets custom made to feature the date that you bought the jeans. You can't go wrong here.
Hollywood Ranch Market: This place has been a go-to place for fashionistas since the 80's. A great place to get men's and women's clothes and accessories. For guys they have an endless amount of shirts and really great pants. This is one of the hip places to shop in Tokyo. We went in here and bought a bunch of shirts and accessories. The people working in the store all had amazing style, which was inspiring in itself.
United Arrows: You'll find United Arrows all around Tokyo. This chain carries a lot of cool Japanese brands as well as international brands. These stores have so many different types of clothes that it's almost impossible to not find something that you'll like.
Journal Standard: You'll find Journal Standard in several areas of Tokyo. This store, like United Arrows, has a lot of different brands and everything in here is pretty cool. They carry sunglasses, watches, shoes and both men's and women's clothing.
Okura: Hands down our favorite clothing store in Tokyo. Walking in here is like walking into a museum. Everything in here is Japanese brands and everything's of the the highest quality. Go here if you want to get some real indigo threads and some cool jewellery. We went in here several times during our trip, as we basically wanted to buy everything in the store.
RRL Flagship Store: RRL (pronounced, “Double RL”) was conceived in May of 1993 as a top-of-the-line homage to the Old American West and early 1900s workwear. The sub-brand takes it’s name from a ranch that is conveniently of the same name in Colorado and Lauren owns. If you're into high quality shirts, great jeans and amazing leather items then this is the store for you. It's really nothing like most other Ralph Lauren lines, but that's what makes it so cool.
Studious: This store only sells brands from Japanese designers. The style of their items is very simple and clean cut. They actually have 2 stores in Harajuku, right next to each other, so make sure to check out both of them if you're in that area.