by Kelly Wetherille
The latest addition to Tokyo’s growing crop of luxury shopping, dining, entertainment and residential complexes, Tokyo Midtown can be just as overwhelming and difficult to navigate as any of these urban playgrounds. On the shopping front there are stores specializing in everything from dog goods to organic skincare products and everything in between. But if it’s clothing and accessories you’re looking for, Midtown offers an eclectic selection from both Japanese and international brands. The following shops are sure to offer something to quench just about any shopper’s thirst for retail therapy.
PUMA The Black Store Tokyo
This cutting-edge sneaker and athletic wear shop features Puma’s more upscale lines, including designer collaborations with the likes of Sergio Rossi and Alexander McQueen. Clothing and shoes are available for both men and women.Galleria 1F, Te l: 03-5413-7150
At 15 years old, Richard James is just a baby among the long-established tailors of London’s Savile Row, but the brand has already shown itself to be a leader in its field. Its distinctive style is characterized by slim silhouettes, bold colors, and luxurious fabrics. Bespoke options are also available.Galleria 1F, Tel: 03-5413-0054
This sleek, dark shop is a favorite among Tokyo’s young and fashion- forward, if not for its edgy styles then for its thumping after hours parties. Restir stocks clothing and accessories for men and women from some of the world’s most sought-after designers, and items range from casual to dressy. From time to time there are even exclusive styles from top international brands.Galleria 1F, Tel: 03-5413-3708
JOSEPH THE STORE
Joseph has been catering to fashionable citygoers around the world for years and brings its modern yet timeless aesthetic to its Midtown location. Think slim,black trousers, wrap coats, and cashmere sweaters for men and women.Galleria 1F, Tel: 03-5 413-7889
LE WATOSA + notsobig
The marketing geniuses behind this cutesy shop had an excellent insight into the Japanese female shopper’s psyche. The store sells high-end children’s clothing and accessories on one end, and on the other…makeupand fragrances for women. The shoppers’ husbands can often be seen waiting it out on the cushy sofas outside the store.Galleria 2F, Tel: 03-5647-8351
Since 1927 this Spanish company has dedicated itself to making footwear using traditional methods, and in 1960 it became the first to ever make wedge espadrille sandals. The rest, as they say, is history, and the brand’s line has now expanded to include velvet flats and lug-soled boots as well as the summer favorites.
Galleria 2F, Tel: 03-3408-8682
Nicolai Bergmann Sumu
If you’re exhausted from trying on clothes, take a break by shopping some fashions for your home. Meaning ‘to live’ in Japanese, this concept store by famed Danish floral artist Nicola Bergmann stocks furniture, home fabrics and accessories in bright colors and modern designs, and most of the staff speak English, perfect when looking for a gift recommendation.Galleria 3F, Tel: 03-5647-8331