CLOSET CHILD HARAJUKU: SECONDHAND GOTHIC LOLITA PUNK CLOTHES SHOPPING, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEWELERY.
While I was cleaning up my files, I discovered some Tokyo store photos that I’ve yet to post. Behold: Closet Child Harajuku, the legendary Gothic/Lolita/Punk secondhand store where most of my money goes. Walk down Takeshita Doori from Harajuku Station; the store is on the left after Bodyline. As you can see, the top floors hold Sweet and Classical Lolita clothing. Today, we’ll poke around the Punk & Rock level.
The front of the shop is packed with vintage Vivienne Westwood clothing and jewelery, much of it in good condition but pricey. I saw original rocking horse shoes, plaid handbags, orb pendants, and royal punk crowns.
Here’s Patrick Macias at his secret day job (I kid, I kid). There are only about six racks of clothing – but boy, do they hold a lot of gems! The usual Goth/Loli/Punk suspects are well-represented: h.NAOTO, Moi-meme-Moitie, Algonquins, Putumayo, Black Peace Now, Miho Matsuda. Closet Child Shinjuku has more Alice Auaa, but overall, the Harajuku store has the best selection.
I wasn’t kidding when I said most of my money goes to this store. My Closet Child purchases include (top) an Atelier Pierrot striped dress, an h.NAOTO gouK cardigan with trailing sleeves, a Black Peace Now cobweb sweater with detachable arms, (bottom) a Peace Now skirt with detachable leg pieces, Metamorphose temps de fille knee boots, an h.NAOTO hEAVEN dress, and Kera Arena boots. Each of these items was under $100 (except for the red boots, which were $120). Pretty reasonable, considering that a new Lolita dress will set you back $250-300. (Yes, the tab does add up, but these were my only clothing purchases for the past few months.)
Since Closet Child’s items have a quick turnover, you can visit the store every week and discover something new to lust over. Many of the customers were dressed up, including this charming Lolita. I also threw in photo of cute character socks from a nearby store, to further our discussion on kawaii products.
Tomorrow, I’ll post photos from the Sweet Lolita floors of Closet Child Harajuku. Time to see Coraline!
Song of the Day #40: Alison Yasou – More Than A Dream (I confess, HI-NRG from 1988 makes me happy.)