Our top vintage picks
Ginza Kimono Aoki
Set in the backstreets of Omotesando, Gallery Kawano has a dazzling selection of obi, some of which are almost a century old. Their kimono and haori selection leans towards the traditional in terms of patterns and colours, but – unusually – they also carry larger sizes, making it perfect for taller women. Check out their range of kimono fabrics too: they have everything from simple-patterned silks to elaborately printed ones, and the bags with different fabrics bunched together make a great gift. Unlike most other places on this list, they have English signage to help you distinguish what is what.
A stone’s throw from Gallery Kawano, Oedo Kazuko is a swanky shop in an unassuming basement along Omotesando. If you’re looking for a vivid kimono with traditional prints, this is the place to be, while their small patches of kimono fabrics are popular too. They also carry a large range of hair accessories and children’s kimono, so you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit your taste and needs here – with prices matching the quality.
Tokyo135° Shinjuku Alta
An offshoot of the nationwide Tansuya chain, Tokyo135's Shinjuku Alta branch attracts a diverse crowd looking for slightly funkier kimono for all occasions. Their colour scheme and style is decidedly more pop art-y and modern than traditional, and they also sell a large selection of vibrant hair adornments and other accessories, alongside some cool remade items. Not all pieces for sale are secondhand, but they have a good mix of new and old. Be sure to browse their offerings of obi, which have some pretty interesting prints as well. Considering some kimono sets go for ¥10,000, your wallet is unlikely to bleed profusely, and with literally everything you'd need to dress yourself on offer, it's a good place to pick up a full kit.
Recycle Kimono Fukufuku Kagurazaka
Part of a small city-wide chain, this secondhand kimono shop has anything from traditional, upscale styles to more modern, casual renditions. The mens selection is particularly interesting here, with some original, remade items, including denim kimono and haori (which look just as good on taller women too). The women’s section features formal homongi to more casual komon, and best of all, carries a wide range of height sizes. Check out the gender-defying remade kimono (female kimono resewn as male ones and vice versa) for a little modern twist. They offer kimono wearing and coordinating lessons on Thursdays and Sundays too; contact them in advance for details. If you can't make it to any of their physical shops, have a gander at Fukufuku's online store.
The only shop on our list that isn’t exclusively a kimono shop, Tokyo Hotarudo is an antiques purveyor set at the end of a narrow alleyway wedged between two buildings in Asakusa. Their focus is on female kimono and haori, all which had a quirky and one-of-a-kind feel. Bring a well-padded wallet though, as most haori and kimono here go for ¥15,000 and upwards.
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