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Four Can’t-Miss Men’s Fashion Accessory Stores Four Can’t-Miss Men’s Fashion Accessory Stores
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.46
For everybody busy every day, shopping time to expand wardrobe is limited time briefly. It is always free that "we search for shop slowly, and shopping" is not possible very often (whether free?) Even I of fashion editor understand repeatedly.
Then! I should prepare for shop which can promise "to be able to come across thing which should go here" in place of. Genre is fashion accessories such as shoes, bag, hat. Person who imaged "male business person who likes casual clothes." We use, and heart is fun, and it is said that it is, "it is good" from another person, and look at shop and item of comfort which understands price.
At first we will see from shoes. It is "para-boots" that want to come by all means.
Why are para-boots quite popular now (magazine editor and stylist wear all together)? Because the answer "is near practical high quality leather shoe crying only for work shoes." It is shoes controlling application that casual traditional fashion and affinity that Japanese boy likes from old days are good and are good to step of person when "sneakers are too rough", and to be usable to biz rudder for work.
In fact, it being great that there is individuality to be identified as para-boots at first sight. It is made with the French traditional manufacturing method, and leather material is tough and is proud of one which is strong for invasion of rainwater mainly. Ability that we wear down, and the whole world is top level as for the hate of rubber sole. Cushion characteristics are good, and being tired of walking is very few.
One which popularity in particular is high in while there are various models "beautifulness board" of U tip shoes. As for "we have already had", as for the person, how about this of more stylish new constant seller? (lower photograph)
If form is refreshing, "Avignon" is sharp. It is good to suit look. Features big as for being easy to walk because we wear and enter, and entrance is small, and ankle is held well.
The left beautifulness board that three pairs are traditional. Three pairs of the right are Avignon. (all for each 65,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price)
Furthermore, when we spend holiday in midsummer……
We are selected with leather sandals (for each 34,000 yen)!
We make a comment of Satoshi Ikoma of para-boots PR to be that "these sandals are sold well this year".
Person who dresses jacket of "JUNYA WATANABE COMME des GARCONS man" of the photograph right well cool. Man of striped pattern that left do is loud for is sorry……It is me. The right hand is mitten (4,000 yen) for shoe polishing that is not gloves.
Shop of para-boots in Tokyo only in 2 stores of Aoyama shop and this Ginza store of Omotesando. Ladies' assortment of goods is fulfilling here. Feeling becomes lively even if it comes by couple.
Then "BRIEFING" which develops original bag on the fifth floor that it has the same we follow, and "it is firm and is practical", and to introduce by connection.
We think that briefing is one of the bag brands that there is few which can bring "outdoor and military spirit" that man likes since childhood into business scene. Although robust material is used, and detail is oriented to utility, appearance of the whole bag is urbane.
Is made up to the details carefully, and is more than price; is high-quality. Point notable as for the high design. It can nod that there is much handling in select Shops of fashion which is high sense.
It is series of Bali stick nylon of maid in, USA to be reputation among fans coming over to this shop.
It is disposition of BRIEFING to have in slight difference in size and detail (whether you know their seriousness degree). We lower all hand, and shoulder, Seoi inado can change how to use phantasmagorically.
One which popularity is high in in business bag now this (central 56,000 yen of the shelf upper section of photograph like point). Invention that did width to 42cm not to hit person who sat down aside when we did knee topping in this in the inside of car of train! It is product with idea that can realize good point if we use.
If the beauty of helmet bag (42,000 yen) of Bali stick nylon steps back! Please enjoy glossiness only by adult who does not look good to child.
It is different from MADE IN USA series, but multi-case (9,000 yen) with belt which we insert handle quickly and can hold is cool. Business person uses as PC and accessory case as bag in bag, and why don't you carry at the time of business lunches?
"You would do what, and do you buy? sakosshu (tax-included 8,500 yen) which is ". Size that coverage notebook and pen, smartphone, mirrorless single-lens camera enter. Besides, sakosshu is seasonal trendy item. Yes……We endure for the time being (for now).
"Theatre H.P.France" the fourth-floor as for introducing successively. It is ladies'-centered accessory select Shops, but man should go, too!
We deal with import substitution mainly on accessories and fashion accessory, and H.P.France presents shop of various tastes. Because there are many female oriented shops, we may be too unfamiliar to man. But it is a waste to overlook in this shop, there is bag to the people in the know.
It French brand, "Jack le Coe." High quality to win simple with unisex, usable designer bag. When business person decided with good-quality suit with a whack, it becomes once-in-a-lifetime small tools to emphasize individuality!
It is rare brand which does not come up to men's magazine very much. Though we dress stylishly so much! So that man looks good well! Though I nanzoha, ten last, too; (left camouflage bag 125,000 yen, all three points of others 130,000 yen)!
"Lisbon" where this model reached the 20th anniversary from birth in this year. It is masterpiece representing Jack le Coe. Every season, new item varying in material and color comes up. It is easy to use placement of pocket with exquisiteness really, too. We are glad that we place on the floor and become independent for man. We do some prices, do in one of the candidates if it is classic and thinks saying "I want high-quality bag one" and?
Slim backpack (130,000 yen) which let you pair with leather strap using material of diving suit. We turn into one shoulder bag already when we fasten the center of strap which we separated from side to side with fastener.
Then "four GINZA SIX careful selection for man whom man chooses" is left another one. It is the fourth-floor "CA4LA" which hat that clothes change quickly with one this smartly is lined with.
It is store's name, and is there person who does not know how to read original hat of "CA4LA" which is brand name? It is "CA4LA". It is not "shie yon erue".
Hat is tool of convenient practical use like shoes and bag, too. It is day to avoid difference shiyokeya gentle rain and can act without minding disorder of hairstyle even on day when wind is strong. Fashion degree improves at a stretch and is fashion petty person not to be able to part with if we get used to putting on.
Well, CA4LA of Japanese brand is famous brand of hat world, but shows great erudition a little here. In fact, the alphabet of article number written in name of hat is the name of person whom we designed!
"ONM" of name is Tomoko Onuma of designer of CA4LA in the company.
Three (right three points 7,200 yen, left two points 5,800 yen) right as for the hat of Onuma design. It is designer who deals mainly with knit.
Aggregate of personal work by several designers in the company is CA4LA. Check name if you have hat here. If some hats to have are the same alphabets, you are fan of the surely designer.
Selling that is biggest in this GINZA SIX shop "custom order" only for here. We choose base from hat and we add ribbon and parts and finish to special dish only for oneself. shizoru where upper photograph is order sample, and material is high-quality. (order price is battledore and shuttlecock from 20,000 yen)
What it has production atelier in shop that custom order is greater, and resident designer makes speedily. As for ordering by 3:00 p.m. if fastest, and being able to get on the day! It is nice service for person who came from distant place. Future delivery is possible, too. We can talk about order with professional staff including Suzuki of atelier designer and are reliable because we listen to good advice.
Then let's send refreshing occurrence to sasererareteunzarishiteru man ladies and gentlemen to see my figure many times last to here.
Mio Tateoka of beautiful woman vice-manager. Hat of shizoru material is mao suitability.
So that everybody meets Tateoka, too……No, for encounter with the best item fitting oneself, would you like to visit GINZA SIX?
Text: Kazushi Takahashi Photos: Kanako Noguchi Edit: Yuka Okada
We’re all so busy these days. There’s only so much time to go shopping to fill out one’s wardrobe. Even a fashion editor like me, with lots of free time (?), knows most people don’t have the time to leisurely make the rounds browsing in store after store.
Given this state of affairs, wouldn’t it be a good idea for me to do the preliminary work for you and introduce stores where I can say, with great confidence, if you go, you’ll find something worth finding? My focus today is fashion accessories: shoes, bags, hats, and more. I’m imagining a businessman who likes casual attire. Follow my lead to these great stores and check out a few items that are enjoyable to use, that draw admiration and compliments, and come with reasonable price tags.
First let’s look at some shoes. We definitely have to visit Paraboot.
Why is Paraboot so popular right now? (They’re worn by just about every magazine editor and stylist.) It’s because they’re high-end leather shoes fashioned to make you feel as if you’re in work shoes. They suit the casual trad look that’s long been a favorite of Japanese men. They’re perfect for people who think sneakers are too informal. They’re versatile, ideal even for workplace business casual.
One look and you immediately know it’s a pair of Paraboot, a rare characteristics of footwear. The shoes are made primarily by traditional French construction methods. The leather materials are tough, and they’re touted, with some pride, as resistant to rainwater. The resistance of the rubber soles to wear-and-tear is world-leading, the cushioning is great, and they effectively fight the fatigue of being on your feet all day.
Of the various models, the u-tip Chambord is especially popular. For people who say “I already own a pair,” how about this new and more stylish standard? (photo below)
The Avignon has a clean, sharp form that goes perfectly with a suit. The opening is narrow. The collar maintains a firm clasp on your feet. Walking in a pair feels great.
The three shoes to the left are the traditional Chambord; the three on the right are the Avignon (65,000 yen; all prices are listed before tax).
And for the days off in midsummer…
…these leather sandals (34,000 yen) are a must!
“These sandals are selling really well this year, too,” I’m told by Satoshi Ikoma of Paraboot PR.
Ikoma-san is the person wearing the JUNYA WATANABE COMME des GARÇONS jacket with enviable style in the photo on the right. The guy on the left wearing the showy stripes is, I’m sorry to say, me. What I have on my right hand isn’t a glove, but a mitten for polishing leather (4,000 yen).
The two directly managed Paraboot stores in Tokyo are the Aoyama store in Omotesando and the Ginza store here at GINZA SIX. The Ginza store offers an especially generous selection of women’s items. If you happen to arrive as a couple, you’ll both come across exciting finds in the store.
The next store I’d like to introduce, also located on the fifth floor, offers products of comparable durability and functionality. It’s BRIEFING, a boutique that features original bags.
BRIEFING is one of the few bag brands to bring into the business world the outdoorsy paramilitary feel beloved of men since boyhood. The brand uses heavy-duty materials and emphasizes functionality down to the details. But the overall look is urban.
The bags are made with care, down to the finest details. They offer a sense of quality well beyond price. The great designs are also worth noting. It’s no wonder the bags are carried by many mixed-label boutiques known for their keen fashion sense.
Popular among fans who come to the store is the series produced with Made in USA ballistic nylon.
This collection of bags of slightly different sizes and details is very much in the spirit of BRIEFING and clearly expresses their commitment. They can all be carried by hand, shoulder strap, or on your back. They provide unusual flexibility in how they can be used.
Of the business bags, this one is especially popular right now (middle of the upper shelf in the previous photo; 56,000 yen). It’s been designed with a width of 42 cm so that it won’t bump the person beside you when you’re on the train and holding it in your lap. It’s a product that incorporates ideas whose quality you come to appreciate with use.
One has to admire the beauty of this ballistic nylon helmet bag (42,000 yen)! It gives off a grown-up luster that’s as far from childish as one could imagine.
While not part of the Made in USA series, this multicase with belt (9,000 yen) lets you insert your hand to get a grip. It’s ideal for business people as a bag-in-a-bag for carrying computers or smaller items when going, for example, to a business lunch. Doesn’t it seem worth a look?
What to do? Should I buy this sacoche (8,500 yen after tax)? It’s roomy enough to hold notebooks, pens, a smartphone, and a mirrorless system camera. And sacoches are quite the trendy thing this season. Let me think… The decision hurts, but I decide to pass, at least for today.
The next store I’d like to show you is Theatre H.P. FRANCE on the fourth floor, a mixed-label boutique featuring, primarily, ladies accessories—but it’s worth a visit for men as well.
H.P. FRANCE mainly imports accessories and small fashion items and develops boutiques in various styles. Most of its stores are geared towards women, so it may be unfamiliar for men. But you’d be remiss in your due diligence if you didn’t give its bags a proper look—they’re well-known among those in the know.
This is the French brand Jacques le Corre. The designer’s unisex bags are simple and premium grade. They’d make the ultimate accessory and a clear statement of personal style for a business person dressed in a high-quality suit.
It’s a hard-to-find brand, one that rarely appears in men’s magazines. And that’s despite the unmistakeable style as a man’s bag and astonishing good looks! (I admit to owning 10… Yes, I’m a fool.) (Camouflage bag on the left, 125,000 yen; the other three, 130,000 yen).
This model, the Lisbon, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It’s the flagship of the Jacques le Corre brand. New versions in different materials and colors come out each season. The pocket’s positioning is superb; it’s remarkably easy to use. It stands up on its own when placed on the floor, something a man can appreciate. The price isn’t insignificant, but the bag is a standard. If you’re thinking you want one luxury bag, why not make the Lisbon a candidate?
This slim backpack (130,000 yen), made of a diving-suit material, incorporates leather straps. The backpack has right and left shoulder straps, but clip them together in the middle with a fastener, and the whole thing becomes a sling shoulder bag.
Of the four stores at GINZA SIX I’ve rigorously selected as a man choosing for men, I have one last store to show you. It’s CA4LA on the fourth floor, an establishment that offers a selection of great hats that instantly add style to your presentation.
CA4LA is the name of the store and the name of the original hat brand. How is it pronounced? It’s “Kashira”—not CA-4-LA.
Like shoes and bags, hats are articles of convenience and function. They shield you from the sun and drizzle. They let you go about your business on really windy days without worrying about your hair. They boost your style quotient. Once you grow accustomed to wearing a hat, you really can’t do without them.
CA4LA is a Japanese brand that’s made a name for itself in the hat world. Now I’d like to impart some inside knowledge: The letters in the serial number on the hat’s name indicate the name of the person who designed the hat.
The name here ONM. That would be Tomoko Onuma, one of CA4LA’s in-house designers.
The three hats to the right are designed by Onuma-san (three hats on the right, 7,200 yen; two hats on the left, 5,800 yen), whose design specialty is knits.
CA4LA is a collection of individual articles from multiple in-house designers. If you happen to own any of the brand’s hats, check the name. If several of the hats have the same letter code, you’re probably a fan of that designer.
The GINZA SIX store’s major selling point is that it’s the exclusive place for custom orders. Select a base from among the hats, add a ribbon or other materials, and create a great hat just for you. The photo above is an order sample; the material is premium sisal. (Order prices start at 20,000 yen, with a feather.)
What’s extra special about custom orders is that there’s a production atelier right in the store. A full-time designer will quickly make your hat. At the fastest possible turnaround, if you order by 3:00 p.m., you can pick up your hat that same day. It’s especially handy for people who come from far away. The store can also deliver the order at a later date. Ordering is worry-free because you get to consult with the atelier designer, Suzuki-san, or another dedicated staff member and ask their advice.
Finally, for all you men who are getting sick of seeing my picture over and over, I offer you a dose of visual refreshment: the lovely assistant store manager, Mio Tatsuoka. The sisal hat looks great on her.
Everyone, come and meet Tatsuoka-san…no, what I mean to say is, come visit GINZA SIX to find the perfect item made just for you!
Text：Kazushi Takahashi Photos：Kanako Noguchi Edit：Yuka Okada
Graduate of Meiji University and Bunka Fashion College. Joined Bunka Publishing Bureau and served as editor for MR High Fashion and Soen, covering fashion and music. Has written and edited articles as a freelancer and produced advertising materials since his departure. Currently works primarily for Pen magazine and periodically updates a blog on the FIGARO japon website.