Tokyo fashion and Nakameguro: a lovely fashion district
Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
Tokyo is a vibrant capital city and you have so many fashionable areas to visit and enjoy the ambience of elegant districts. Nakameguro is one of these lovely and charming districts and the fashion angle appeals greatly. Therefore, not surprisingly this district is in high demand and the reputation keeps on growing.
Nakameguro is one of the many smaller fashion districts which keep on adding spice to life in Tokyo alongside Daikanyama, Jiyugaoka, Kichijoji, Nakano, and Shimo-Kitazawa. In truth, the beauty of Tokyo is that while Aoyama, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, Ginza, Omotesando, Shibuya, and Shinjuku, hog the limelight; it is the lesser lights which have enhanced the quality of life in Tokyo.
If you want the crème de la crème of international and Japanese boutiques then a visit to Aoyama, Ginza, and Omotesando will be high on the agenda and not Nakameguro. However, despite this the fashion sector is buzzing in this part of Tokyo and the independent angle appeals to many fashion lovers.
Nakameguro is blessed with elegant boutiques, an abundance of café bars and quality restaurants and the entire ambience appeals to many individuals who desire to relocate to this trendy district. Also, the location is fantastic because you are on the doorstep of Daikanyama, Jiyugaoka and bustling Shibuya. Therefore, the area is a major hub of fashion and the closeness to Shibuya is a major pulling power for new fashion companies which have opened up in the other smaller districts.
In trendy Nakameguro you will find lovely boutiques along the river and many of these boutiques have young designers who have fresh dreams and ideas. Meanwhile, in the back streets of this enchanting part of Tokyo you will find many shops catering for vintage fashion and independent styles.
Nakameguro is a magnet for artists, musicians, and designers. This in turn is creating a lovely buzz and you can feel the energy.
Mitsuyo Hara in an earlier article commented that she visits Nakameguro because “the culture is cool and relaxed and she adores vintage fashion.” When asked if she noticed any real changes in recent times she commented that “more fashion boutiques and companies have moved in but a nice balance remains and now more hip than the past.”
Modern Tokyo Times also asked Chika Tanaka about why she visited Nakameguro so much. Chika Tanaka replied by stating that “The quaint fashion contrasts greatly with Shibuya and refreshes her thinking.”
Chika Tanaka further commented that “Omotesando, Jiyugaoka, and Nakameguro were her three favorite fashion districts.” Also, she hopes to relocate “…to either Jiyugaoka or Nakameguro in the future.”
Takako Hotta, who is an adorable and stunning model and actress in Tokyo, simply adores the boutique Monde Garage in Nakameguro. In her video she comments that “all the clothes are handmade” and this appeals greatly to Takako Hotta.
Also, Takako Hotta likes the independent angle and Chika Tanaka mentioned this aspect. Therefore, fashion lovers who like to buy their clothes in Nakameguro not only look stylish but they also look extremely chic and independent wrapped into one.
In an earlier article by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that “Shops like J’Antiques stock vintage products and you have many fascinating stores like this in Nakameguro. The boutiques in the backstreets compliment the vintage angle because you have a nice blend of old and new.”
Overall, Nakameguro is a lovely district and this applies to fashion, having a relaxing time, enjoying quality restaurants and soaking in the ambience.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYIqXrZ9G2Y Takako Hotta and Monde Garage