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Tokyo Treads n’ Threads

April 18, 2016
How To… Dress Like a Tokyoite
From US-influenced Street-kai to the goth-rock look of J-pop stars, there’s no doubting that, when it comes to street style, Tokyo’s guys are as fash-forward and daring at the dolly-skirt and high-sock strutting girls.

Now, of course, you could use your trip to Tokyo as an excuse to break out the hair gel and snake-skin biker boots, but if you’re after a toned down, more adult take on the local look that’s easily achievable too. Just dash over to these top menswear shop spots...

First up, Kita-Aoyama’s Contemporary Fix, where the focus is on leading local names like Hyke, Phenomenon, Facetasm and Mr Gentleman, plus there’s downstairs deli Pariya for healthy snacks or a cracking buffet lunch.

Next, hop to Paradise Tokyo, the first bricks n’ mortar locale of homegrown street label Wacko Maria, for the brand’s complete collection of hoodies, graphic tees and bomber jackets, as well as limited-edition items and a convenient caffeinator in the form of an in-store coffee bar.

Daywear sorted, smarten your selection with some Franco-Nippon flair from the second store of cult classic Maison Kitsuné, and add some Brit bits to the mix at the flagship of Mackintosh, stocked with a new range of iconic men's macs and exclusive lifestyle prods, plus satchels, shoes and suits.

Then, because Japan is obsessed with all things American, finish your outfit overhaul with a cap and kicks from Cali-cool skate shop HUF in trendy Shibuya, or chinos and printed shirts from NYC’s dapper Freemans Sporting Club. Yes sirree, you’ve certainly mastered that Edo edge.

Contemporary Fix / 2F / 3-12-14 Kita-Aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 6418 1460 / 11:30 am-8:00 pm daily / Pariya: 11:30 am-11:00 pm Mon-Sat, 11:30 am-10:00 pm Sun / thecontemporaryfix.com
Paradise Tokyo / 1/F / Com’s Forum / 2-3-2 Higashiyama / Meguro-ku / 12:00 pm-9:00 pm Mon-Sat, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm Sun / wackomaria.co.jp
Maison Kitsuné / 3-15-13 Minami Aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 1 2066 7588 / 11:00 am-8:00 pm daily / shop.kitsune.fr
Mackintosh / 5-3-20 Minami-aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 6418 5711 / 11:00 am-8:00 pm daily / mackintosh.com
HUF / 1-14-1 Jinnan / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 3461 5323 / 11:00 am-8:00 pm daily / hufworldwide.jp
Freemans Sporting Club / 5-46-4 Jingumae / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 6805 0490 / 11:00 am-8:00 pm daily / freemanssportingclub.com
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