Los Angeles: Top 10 Japanese Fashion Boutiques
Shopping for Japanese fashion in Los Angeles is not new. Nonetheless, it’s fair to say that these days, Japan’s innovative style is taking LA by storm a la Godzilla vs. Tokyo. Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, and Issey Miyaki are must-have designers for every West Coast girl-on-the-go. Whether it’s the heavy use of black, reshaping of the female form, or bright graphics, Japan’s looks have become practically iconic. And lucky for Hollywood, there’s no army to take down this monster.
● decadestwo (Hollywood) – Wham, bam, thank you decadestwo! Only the best vintage collection of the best designers to ever walk the face of the planet. Nothing says Saturday night like a rockin’ vintage Comme des Garçons skirt and ensemble. ● Opening Ceremony (West Hollywood) – Charlie Chaplin’s old dance studio transformed into a futuristic boutique where designers are separated into different rooms by country. Using geography to shop makes finding killer Japanese lines a no-brainer.
● The Way We Wore (Hollywood) – The odds that you’ll be the only one rocking these legendary vintage and designer pieces at the club may as well be State Farm insured. Japanese designers are hidden pearls throughout this massive collection. ● M’ouments (Downtown) – The Comme des Garçons guerilla pop up store may have closed its doors, but M’ouments picked up the love where they left off. Same owners; same collection of this iconic line. ● H Lorenzo (West Hollywood) – There’s another reason to hit the Sunset Strip besides catching a show at the Viper Room. H Lorenzo has Shared Spirit plus other yummy Japanese lines all for the taking. ● Confederacy (Los Feliz) – Cute, hipster staff in matching designer uniforms makes us feel like we’re at fashion boot camp. Japanese line ato (made famous thanks to Kanye West) is a major force in the fashion weaponry. ● B By Aperire (West Hollywood) – Japan’s solution to late night sore feet after getting your boogie on: high-heeled running shoes. ● A Bathing Ape (West Hollywood) – Apes have rights too. They deserve to dress in fresh urban Japanese street wear. ● Japan LA (West Hollywood) – Number one place to score limited edition Japanese art toys and Hello Kitty gear without the 15-hour flight. ● Popkiller (West Hollywood) – Vintage treasures, trendy Japanese kitsch accessories, and other necessary gear exclusive to Popkiller.