Tokyo Shopping Guide

Nakameguro

In this up-and-coming shopping area, look for hip stores along a scenic, cherry-tree-lined canal.

A.P.C. Surplus

This popular French label, famed for its infinitely chic modern basics, has set up a permanent outlet to sell past-season merchandise at more than half off retail.
1-25-1 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-3719-2921

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Designer Discount

Bonanzagram

Though one of the smallest vintage spots in the area, Bonanzagram is also probably the best: Its rich selection of everyday—glam pieces and the dramatic, den like mirrored interior-inspired by the Fellini classic La Dolce Vita—more than make up for the lack of square footage.
1-25-2 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-3791-0225

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Carlife

Potted cacti of all shapes and sizes greet shoppers at the door of this glass-walled, greenhouse like boutique. Garments from a rotating cast of a dozen or so labels hang from appealingly primitive clotheslines; two standouts include Out of Action (known for its roughed-up dressy skirts and tops) and Naked Bunch (check out its sweatshirt-fabric tux-style jackets).
1-17-1 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-5784-0932

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Cow Books

Specializing in volumes on Japanese and American art and culture, this inviting, well-stocked bookshop, decorated with Eames walnut stools and a Jenny Holzer-esque LED ticker, makes for a stimulating rest stop.
1-14-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-5459-1747

Products: Books/Stationery
Type of Store: Department Store

Expedition Mode

It's easy to be inspired by the spectacularly dressed shop girls at this vintage resource. That's because they're always turned out in unconventional yet wearable past-decade pieces plucked straight from the racks: a dashiki dress with cone-heel boots one day; a landscape-print top with palazzo pants the next.
2F, 1-6-5 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-3760-3746

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

Family

A smaller, more experimental offshoot of the popular boutique WR (see the Aoyama section), Family excels at offering accessible picks from cerebral lines including Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, and London-based Gardem.
1-16-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-5725-2570

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Frapbois

A library like quietness and spare interior evoke a head-clearing sense of calm at our favorite outpost of this avant-garde Tokyo label. The lack of distractions only helps focus your attention on Frapbois' fascinatingly creative pieces, which are known for their voluminous (and quite flattering) cuts.
1-20-4 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-6415-4688

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Lobby

It isn't big, but Lobby ambitiously pursues forward-thinking lines from nearly every continent; scads of unusual leg wear and underpinnings provide further enticement.
2F, 1-6-8 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-5720-7852

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Philip

You'll have to stumble down a few alleys to find this one, but don't let the fear of getting lost keep you from missing out. Stylists know the secret of what makes its secondhand stock worth seeking out: Every few weeks the entire store is replenished according to owner Yoshinori Nakajima's whims, and his sublime picks are always in pristine condition.
1-7-5 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-3464-9387

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

Red Clover

There's a movement gaining momentum in Japan right now called lohas, which is basically an appreciation for all things homespun and slow-paced. Red Clover is just the sort of place a stylish back-to-basics aficionado would love to shop: Its cement floors and simple iron racks provide an understated backdrop for the rustically fashionable clothing.
1-16-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-5458-5075

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique
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