This store, located in the Ginza district, is truly a heaven for shopaholics. Wako was established in 1881 and was originally a watch and jewelry shop. Now considered the oldest and most prestigious design store in the city, Wako has exclusive watches, jewelry, handbags, porcelain and dishware. The store also has a wide clothing collection for men and women. You can find the store's branches in Hiroo, Minato and Haneda Airport as well. Situated within an old-fashioned building with a clock tower, the store is something else to behold at night, with fancy lights drawing attention to it.
A particularly modern, bright and inviting department store, Hankyu offers many popular and familiar brand names, GAP, DKNY, Kenzo, Miyake, Cerruti and Nicole Farhi to name a few. The men's collection is just as good as the women's and the English floor guide is not only comprehensible, but lists everything by brand name. The Yurakucho branch also has a second H2 Sukiyabashi building on the next block (beside the Sony building), which houses more fashion and household goods plus HMV. Shopping is made refreshingly easy here.
At Prada's flagship store in Aoyama, the discerning Prada customer will be able to see designs unique to Japan, like kimono-style menswear. Apart from the garments, the store itself is popular for its striking architectural design. Housed in a stunning six-story glass building, it is a diamond-shaped monolith that stands out in the heart of the city.
Mâre Mâre on the fourth floor of Bay Quarter sells boots, sandals, sneakers, pumps and formal shoes in soft, colorful leather for men and women. The vibrant colors and unique styles are alluring. Some jewelry and a few handbags are stocked here too, but the shoes are the real reason to visit. There are branches of Mâre Mâre in Tokyo, and you can also buy their goods from their website. -AH
With top luxury brands like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Azzedine Alaia, 10 Corso Como is at the top of any fashionista's list. It's the brainchild of Comme Des Garcons designer, Rei Kawakubo and Carla Sozzini, the owner of the 10 Corso Como stores in Milan. Milan and Seoul are the only other cities where you will find a 10 Corso Como branch. The shop is a concept store that brings together everything from design, architecture and culture. A must-visit, the store is bound to leave you impressed.
Going strong as ever, Viviene Westwood has been popular with the Japanese for quite some time. Her wild street-style range gained immense popularity, but she is also renowned for her unique combination of traditional fabrics remodeled into young trendy designs. Remember what she did for tartan fabric? This chic store has a lot of the stock that is either cute or relatively conservative in an unusual manner, which only Vivienne Westwood gets away with. A Vivienne Westwood is still an impressive addition to your wardrobe.
Ships Ginza is a well-established Tokyo brand that places a heavy emphasis on style and quality. The men's boutique in particular is worth a mention - they stock a range of casual clothing, which you can dress up with their accessories, belts and shoes - check out their range of bags, or their delightful ties. Business suits can also be ordered here.
Lacoste is known for its alligator symbol and renowned for clothing that features a sporty yet casual look. Trendy but durable and lasting clothes can be found on the shelves in this store. The men's wear on sale at this shop is basic and classic, with plenty of shirts, slacks and simple knitwear in primary and neutral colors. Larger sizes are available. The texture and quality of the fabrics is consistently sturdy and comfortable. Close proximity to the Hibiya Station makes it a great place to do some clothes shopping.
In Tokyo, a city that launched a thousand thoughtfully designed luxury stores, you could be assured that Armani was not to be outdone. The Armani Ginza Tower, home of the Armani / Ristorante, the stunning Armani / Spa along with a complete collection of Armani clothing, is both a retail and architectural triumph. The building itself is particularly dazzling at nighttime, festooned with lights and with structural supports that mimic bamboo stalks.
Famous Italian brand of footwear, Bally shoes are always designed for comfort as well as style. Although they may not always stock larger sizes, one good quality about Bally footwear is their slightly wider fittings. There is also a limited but stylish selection of accessories including various handbags.