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One-stop Concept Shop

May 22, 2014
In fast-moving Tokyo, the fashion scene is not always forgiving and trends can quickly fall out of favour, but Brit-born designer Nigel Cabourn has been quietly carving out a niche for his timeless menswear label since the early eighties. Cabourn’s classic coat and outerwear designs – inspired by his love of Edwardian era explorer apparel and vintage military clothing – have steadily found a loyal Japanese following and in 2008 he opened The Army Gym, his world-first flagship store which recently moved to larger digs, leaving the much-loved little Naka-Meguro shop front in empty.

Fortunately his partner in Japan has kept the space, removing the army-themed fitout and replacing it with a vintage thrift shop vibe courtesy of stacked tea boxes, reclaimed wooden shelves and rusty vintage rails, but don’t be fooled by first appearances, this hip new concept store, rechristened 103, is home to a slew of emerging UK and US designers. Standouts include tailored threads from Hackney Union Workhouse, crisp-cut shirts from cult Pennsylvania label Gitman Vintage, vintage-inspired German underwear label Merz b. Schwanen, and other curated labels on rotation. 103 will additionally carry a neat edit in Cabourn clothing, and occasionally serve as an outlet for pop-ups and events. Shop to it, Sir!

1-21-11 Aobadai / Meguro-Ku / +81 3 6416 0768 / 12:00 pm-8:00 pm Thu-Tue, closed Wed /