Tokyo ladies: fashion in Ikebukuro and Shibuya
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
In a survey by Kanebo Cosmetics it was reported that Tokyo ladies use more make-up than any other major city in Asia. Fashion is also high on the agenda and for the modern Tokyo lady image, style, and dressing fashionable is a way of life.
Tokyo is awash with fashion and Daikanyama, Ebisu, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, Ginza, Omotesando, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and other areas in Tokyo, caters for fashion on a grand scale.
This sector is extremely competitive and this applies to domestic companies and international companies. Therefore, for Tokyo ladies they are spoilt for choice and “in places” and famous stores are competing for a slice of the enormous apple pie.
In Ikebukuro the Lumine company is re-igniting fashion in this part of Tokyo and the west side of Ikebukuro is “breathing to a new fashion beat” because major restructuring is ongoing. This applies to many fashion boutiques opening up in and around the train station.
Lumine is vibrant and full of energy and the décor is a wonder to behold and this is matched by an abundance of high quality stores which provide stylish clothes and other products.
The list of high quality companies in Lumine is too many to name but Smacky Glam (SmackyGlam) caters for ladies who love exquisite fabrics and designs. This fashion outlet is full of panache and is ultra modern and this suits the modern Tokyo lady to the full.
Also, it is clear that space, design of the layout and the show of the products on offer is part and parcel of this exquisite company. Smacky Glam therefore utilizes the natural environment of the Lumine layout and creates an image of modernity, style, and elegance.
This is matched by extremely high quality clothing and delightful color schemes which suit the modern Tokyo lady. Smacky Glam, and other high quality companies in Lumine in Ikebukuro, have created an atmosphere of luxury, modernity, and creativity.
Ikebukuro is connected to Shibuya by several train lines and Shibuya is famous for its energy and it is a Mecca for young adults.
Shibuya is always buzzing and latest fads pass through Shibuya and Harajuku. Also, just like all major fashion areas in Tokyo, you have a distinctive feeling in Shibuya and the raw energy is noticeable.
Shibuya fashion is not just about extremes it is about a mixture of fashion styles and just like life, it is never static but always looking for a new creative feel. Shibuya 109 is a hub for fashion and keeps on drawing in the crowds. If you want the more daring side of Shibuya then boutiques like Candy is for you or you can feel the vibes of the Center Gai area or Koen Dori.
Smacky Glam is also located in Shibuya given the fresh outlook of this company and the appeal of fashion in Shibuya is its rich diversity. Boutiques like Candy, Smacky Glam, and a host of other fabulous fashion companies, can be found and the richness of styles is amazing.
Even if you are not a fashion guru you can feel the rich and youthful energy of Shibuya, therefore, if you desire to feel “the teenage or young adult within you” then it will be revitalized in Shibuya.
It is also noticeable that “Shibuya girls” care deeply about hair style and the “in colors” are blonde, reddish brown, light brown and a mixture of other colors.
Ikebukuro and Shibuya are very near and by the Saikyo Line it takes between 8 and 10 minutes or you can travel by the Yamanote Line.
Therefore, you can easily visit both Ikebukuro and Shibuya on the same day and appreciate both places for their unique differences.
Local Tokyoites will clearly have their own special parts of Tokyo which appeals to them and the same applies to people who reside in Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama.
If you are a tourist or if you are thinking about visiting Tokyo in the near future; then for fashion lovers you will find so many fantastic boutiques in Ikebukuro and Shibuya.
A visit to Candy in Shibuya and Smacky Glam in both Ikebukuro and Shibuya is well worth it. This applies to the contrasting styles and different thought patterns which have produced such stylish clothing.
The ying and yang of different fashion boutiques is refreshing the fashion industry in Tokyo. In truth, you have so many exquisite boutiques in Ikebukuro and Shibuya, therefore, you will be spoilt for choice.
www.smackyglam.com – Smacky Glam
http://sanyo-i.jp – Sanyo i Store (Sanyo Shokai Ltd)
http://www.fashion-j.com/E/trend/201010.html (3rd article from the top shows some images of Lumine in Ikebukuro.)
http://moderntokyotimes.com (please visit)