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Not only is the name smartly appropriate, but this small, funky recyle and bric-a-brac shop demonstrates tons of style and piles of flair. In a city overflowing with stuff to buy, Pass the Baton's recycling ethic is cool and fresh. Sellers pass on something of value instead of discarding it, and buyers are able to adopt something loved and unique. Pass The Batton isn't so much a store, but a ‘personal culture marketplace' as they eloquently put it. Items aren't just for sale, but are carefully arranged with brief seller-profiles and stories, so you get a sense of the item's history. And, they even donate some of the proceeds to charity. - Stephen Lebovitz
The motto of Patisserie Hidemi Sugino states that "You won't find our pastries anywhere else;" a brave promise in light of the hundreds of high-class, highly inventive patisseries scattered around Tokyo. It is, however, a statement the store lives up to, for it has garnered such a reputation that there is a queue before the store even opens. The patisserie specializes in mousse cakes, in a variety of flavors that are usually seasonal and the deceptively simple appearance of the pastries melt away to reveal layers of flavor within. This is a must-stop for any dessert lover; just be prepared to wait for your turn to try the unique confections.
Named after a quaint French village that makes the finest butter in France, Échiré specializes in delicate eats and baked goods such as croissants, madelines, ice creams and fermented butter products. Located inside the Marunouchi brick building near Tokyo Station, this lovely store is almost always thronged by fans who rush in to buy fresh croissants in the morning.
Mujirushi Ryohin is better known abroad as Muji, an extremely popular Japanese store that sells simply designed clothes, accessories, and furniture. This flagship store occupies a massive three stories and here, you can see the extent of the Muji brand in all its glory - check out the Muji Home, a model home that exemplifies the Muji principle. Or if you're hungry, you can pop in the Meal Muji Deli for a quick, delicious meal. This pioneering brand has a lot to offer in its Tokyo flagship store so be sure to give yourself enough time to check it out.
Royalty, business tycoons and movie stars all come here to splurge on jewelry and timepieces. The late Harry Winston, a native New Yorker, is still known as "The King of Diamonds", and the business empire he founded has an international reputation. High profile celebrities are known to "borrow" designs when they attend the Oscars each year, and even the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre have displayed Winston's exclusively crafted works. The stores, or "salons" as they are called, maintain a high profile, and this one in Tokyo is no exception. You can expect impeccable service, and to be set back by several thousand dollars if you decide to secure one of the exquisite pieces on offer.
Tokyo doesn't just cater for the needs of painfully hip fashionistas - for those with more classic, timeless taste, there is a host of excellent boutiques and Estnation is one of them. The clothing is definitely aimed towards a more mature audience, and it carries a range of well-known and respected labels, both domestic and international.