Ode to browsing in
fabulous shops, small and big
… who could stay away?
So what are your fave shops in Japan? Mine include Francfranc, Plaza, Loft, Wego, Cutie Blond and yes Uniqlo too. The branch of Uniqlo I remember from Sapporo never really had that much to shout about but I know it`s different in the bigger stores. Others I visited on my way around Japan, or in Sapporo,and as much for window shopping as for shopping, were Vis, the Comme ça store, Zara (which I like wherever I may be!!), Benetton (this last mainly for work clothes as I find it kind of plain which my work environment required at the time. I don`t usually shop there otherwise though I like their accessories and have a few Benetton scarves in various colours) and BeeZip which is in Osaka. And yet others whose names I don`t recall but which kept me busy browsing (or buying). I enjoy shopping as much for home-y stuff as for clothes and that`s why Francfranc and Plaza took up a lot of my browsing time. Loft too I suppose has plenty to offer. There was another shop in Parco which sold a mixture of clothes and household stuff – unbranded, according to the name, 無印良品. Their household stuff was calmer stuff. It didn`t have the loudness of the other shops. You could probably compare it to Habitat? I liked habitat for the odd thing when it was around. I tried to shop more in Japanese stores rather than foreign ones which happened to have branches in Japan. I think I bought one thing in Zara the whole time I was there, the work stuff only in Benetton and pretty much nothing in Comme Ca!! So much great choice in the Japanese shops.
That said, some of the stuff I see on-line and on women in films kind of baffles me. It either makes Japanese women look older, or frumpy or something equally unflattering. On the whole though, Japanese women as I`ve said elsewhere are quite stylish. They have lots of choice and great brands (or non-brands) to choose from. If they can afford it, they also have well known fashion designers. I read in an article today that women in Japan do like their high brand handbags like Gucci, Fendi and so on. I think I`ll stick to high street anyway thanks. I can`t imagine being on a waiting list for a bag of any sort but that`s just me.