This Men’s Clothing Store in Japan Is Bringing Back Vintage Fashion
Add their timeless and classic pieces to your wardrobe!
2/F Motomachi Paseo, 1-50 Motomachi, Naka District, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
How to get there: It’s a 2-minute walk from Minatomirai Line Motomachi Chukagai Station
Back in the 1970s, Amekaji (American casual fashion) became popular in Japan. A clothing store called JUNKY CLASSICS, which opened back in 1985, specifically offers these types of garments.
JUNKY CLASSICS, located on the second floor of Motomachi Paseo, gathers a variety of brands under one roof. When you go there, a vintage Buddy Lee doll (mascot of denim brand, Lee) welcomes you at the entrance.
The store offers a wide array of items—from streetwear to outdoor wear. The shirts are sold for a few thousand yen, while the boots’ prices start at ¥30,000. Since the pieces are timeless and classical, you can keep wearing them for a long period of time.
Upon stepping inside the store, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of clothing items on display. “I haven’t counted, but I think there are over 10,000 items here. The warehouse is nearby and we normally change the products twice a year,” shares Kazuya Iwasawa, the store manager.
The “American Casual” clothing available at the store range from work, denim, motorcycle (mainly leather items), military, and surfer-style clothes. “We don’t follow the trends. Rather, we offer items which one can wear even after 10 or 20 years,” continues Iwasawa.
The interior of the store is decorated with vintage denim and worn-out boots. At first glance, the shop looks like a secondhand clothing shop. But actually, it only sells new items. They make use of the staff’s old personal items to decorate the space. Through this, they are able to show how certain items never go out of style and can be used for a very long time.
Aside from this, the shop also sells clothing from a variety of brands including U.S. brand VANSON, U.K. brand Lewis Leathers, and domestic Japanese brands like BUZZ RICKSON'S. Majority of the stocks for these brands are denim.
For the brands of Lee, SUGAR CANE, and WARE HOUSE, the store only offers non-wash denim type of clothes.
For domestic brands, the shop only offers non-wash denim clothes. Most of the items cost around ¥20,000 to ¥30,000.
Non-wash denim is very popular among denim enthusiasts since it has a unique form and color. The shop recommends that you try on a pair of pants you want, two to three times before washing it. Since the pants’ waistline tends to shrink about five centimeters and the hem by about five to seven centimeters after washing, the staff will help you choose the right size for you.
Hemming services are offered for free for denim items purchased at the store. On the other hand, items purchased outside will be charged ¥2,000 (tax excluded).
The hemming service of the store is also highly praised by customers. In fact, many denim fans drop by this store just to avail of this service. With a Union Special sewing machine from the 1950s, the staff sews the item through chain stitching to give its seams a unique and 3D effect.
The staff members of the store wear JUNKY CLASSICS original merchandise. Apart from the affordable t-shirts, you can also find rare items, like jackets, here.
A customer for ten years who visits the shop twice every week said, “I always enjoy my conversations with the store manager because our taste in clothes is very similar.” To which Iwasawa replies, “I know what my regular customers want. That’s why when we have new stocks, I can’t help but think, ‘Mr. X will definitely like this.’ So, there are instances when I’d keep some of the items in the store for regulars.”
Iwasawa gives recommendations based on the preferences of his customers. Most of the customers who visit the shop are men in their 30s to 40s. Although the store only offers men’s clothing, there are also women who come in to buy oversized items.
Iwasawa is very friendly and the staff is always ready to give you advice on fashion should you need it. They also warmly welcome first-time visitors, so don’t be shy! Make sure to drop by this store and shop here the next time you’re in Yokohama!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (28 August 2019)