Kita-Kore Finds

Kita-Kore Finds

>> The "I bought this in Tokyo…" posts inevitably continues with much of it irrelevant for purchase unless you're planning on going to Tokyo and wanting to find something of a similar ilk.  This especially applies for the following finds that were procured on my visit to the Kita-Kore building in Koenji.  It has to be said that I did go on my first official shopping day of the trip and got a little excited that a) Fashion Hayley's recommendation did live up to her high praise and b) converting prices to yen on my phone made everything seem bargainous.  Perhaps my aforementioned rule of "Could I buy this in London/Europe/online for the same/lower price?" may have went out of the window here because technically some of this stuff could be found if I looked hard enough or got lucky enough.  The fact of the matter is, it would have been a hard task and so effectively getting high on finds in the amazing Kita-Kore shack was a much more rewarding experience…


First up… a remade vintage jacket from the front of Kita-Kore, Hayatochiri.  Remember Leslie Hall's amazing array of gem sweaters?  Well perhaps, she'd also be into this patchwork dotted jacket that is heavy with embroidery, pearls and rhinestones swirling about that makes perfect sense when 'connected' with a P.A.M. 'Connections' sweater that I picked up in Sydney. 



(Worn with P.A.M. 'Connections' sweater, vintage skirt, Milin shoes, mercibeaucoup socks)


Garter in Kita-Kore was where I came out with a bag full of joy starting with this vintage Versace shirt.  I never know the ins and outs of dodgy licensing deals done in the 80s/90s with all the big superbrands but I suspect this shirt is one of them.  Nevertheless, I had to get it for its jovial loudness with traces of the print reminding me of more recent Versace designs as well as contemporary print meisters like Mary Katrantzou. 



(Worn with pink Phi shorts, Peter Jensen shoes)


The one brand-new item I got from Kita-Kore was this jacket by a Thai label called Curated.  I've been delving into all things South East Asia thanks to Blueprint's tradeshow in Singapore so it seems to make sense that I go to Tokyo and find another interesting Thai designer to look into.  This blue mesh biker jacket is part of Curated's Exhibition line entitled 'X-Ray', a collection of see-through pieces influenced by photographer Nick Veasey.  At 50% off making this jacket ¬£100, I like to think of it as an equally attractive alternative to a Christopher Kane neon lace biker jacket



(Worn with vintage zig-zag from Hayatochiri, Jonathan Saunders stripy dress, Heavy Machine shoes)


Finally, I can never resist vintage Moschino and this tartan frayed jacket from its Jeans line was too good to pass up.  In London, this could have been priced at ¬£200+ and still be thought reasonably priced.  In Garter, it was about ¬£80.  I nearly questioned the owner as to why his stuff was so amazingly priced but thought that stupid as I fully intend on raiding the place again when I next go to Tokyo again. 



(Worn with vintage flocked velvet skirt, Opening Ceremony quilted velvet skirt, Crockett & Jones embroidered slippers)


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  1. Barbara

    2011-05-30 at 6:01 PM
  2. pearl

    2011-05-30 at 6:02 PM

    Will definitely put all those shops on my Must-visit list. The regular Lonely Planet guide will just not do..

  3. Ioana Liliana

    2011-05-30 at 6:34 PM

    Susie, the inspiration that you provide for the less fashion-daring of us is priceless.

  4. vasilieva

    2011-05-30 at 8:25 PM

    loving that studded cardigan, perfection, awesome looks

  5. WMS

    2011-05-30 at 8:30 PM

    You’re wearing the Milin heels…major jealousy!! And I love that Opening Ceremony quilted velvet skirt…MA-JOR obsession with velvet at the moment. – WMS.

  6. Kazuko

    2011-05-30 at 8:47 PM

    i’m in love with your electric blue jacket, but all looks are totally fabulous!

  7. moia

    2011-05-30 at 8:52 PM

    Your shoes are very original, I like them!
    Monia, Rome

  8. Sarah

    2011-05-30 at 8:59 PM

    Oh I love the first two jackets. Your outfits are so beautiful and colourful, and the clothes are in major contrast to the background.

  9. anna

    2011-05-30 at 9:25 PM

    great colour

  10. Mila

    2011-05-30 at 10:07 PM

    Wow! Amazing outfits Susie!

  11. Beauty Spectacle

    2011-05-30 at 10:23 PM

    Great pics

  12. terry

    2011-05-30 at 10:38 PM

    You scored big time, all those pieces are really amazing.

  13. Melbourniangirl

    2011-05-30 at 11:10 PM

    That yellow shirt is stunning. Am constantly surprised by the alternate branding/licensing histories of some of our biggest fashion houses. I don’t think we have had as much in Australia but when traveling I seem to find quite a bit of Dior.

  14. Mary

    2011-05-31 at 12:58 AM

    Your finds are amazing!! I really want to go to Japan myself now. Anyway, the blue mesh jacket is my favourite though 🙂

  15. heather

    2011-05-31 at 2:50 AM

    the way you put multiple statement pieces together in a harmonious outfit actually blows my mind. really, no one does it like you susie

  16. SeaofGirasoles

    2011-05-31 at 6:45 AM

    what an awesome shoes from Heavy Machine!!!

  17. New kitchen cabinets

    2011-05-31 at 7:56 AM

    Hey that’s amazing collection and I loved your hairstyle…!!

  18. Carolinas Couture

    2011-05-31 at 8:28 AM

    Wow you bought some amazing stuff, I adore the blue jacket.

  19. melissa

    2011-05-31 at 8:36 AM

    My fav look is the first one! Love those shoes soooo much!

  20. Raspberry & Rouge

    2011-05-31 at 9:26 AM

    Like! So unique! Have a great day! XO Raspberry & Rouge (give-away on!)

  21. Raspberry & Rouge

    2011-05-31 at 9:26 AM

    Like! So unique! Have a great day! XO Raspberry & Rouge (give-away on!)

  22. Raspberry & Rouge

    2011-05-31 at 9:26 AM

    Like! So unique! Have a great day! XO Raspberry & Rouge (give-away on!)


    2011-05-31 at 9:52 AM

    Wow! Sooooo cute Susie, I like!

  24. Joyce

    2011-05-31 at 9:53 AM

    Hi! I’m a new fan! Love the plaid blazer with the quilted skirt. If I may ask, how do you do your bun? (sorry if this question has been answered, like I said I’m a new reader)

  25. I V Y

    2011-05-31 at 10:21 AM

    ∆ blog
    ∆ twitter

  26. happycache.tumblr

    2011-05-31 at 10:23 AM

    The Vintage Versace Shirt is my favorite among the looks!!!:-)

  27. Swan

    2011-06-01 at 12:02 PM

    Piles of cute looks. That sheer jacket is incredible. With it’s clear sliders too. Amazing. All the shoes work with the outfits really well as well.

  28. Mertxe Hernandez

    2011-06-02 at 11:31 AM

    Love all your looks! so pretty!!!!! looooveeee it susie!!

  29. Elbertine Lau

    2011-06-03 at 2:20 AM

    There’s so much to say about everything that’s going on here. In summary, I ADORE EVERYTHING ON YOU HERE. You are like a live exhibit of apparel and I just love going back to your blog to see the unexpected. Stay chic!

  30. hostess fiera

    2011-06-03 at 12:02 PM

    Respective views. My fav look is the first one! Love those shoes soooo much!AH OMG THOSE PINK SHORTS AND THAT SHEER JACKET! LOVE. Thanks for sharing this post so much.

  31. Ravenna Moreira

    2011-06-17 at 4:15 PM


  32. Ravenna Moreira

    2011-06-28 at 10:35 AM


  33. Jason Zhang

    2018-10-29 at 1:37 PM

    Wow… your all shirts are very nice.

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