In the most unlikely places on the outskirts of central Tokyo, this mini mall has become a crowd pulling place, among DIY fashion enthusiasts. The Kitakore Building, which is a ramshackle building built has been repaired in the various designers own image. Each shop – Secret Dog, Garter, Ilil, Hayatochiri and Southpole – is owned by creative designers who experiment making one-off pieces like petticoats and blouses made from wire mesh.
My passion, leather and studs collections are a Versace take, to a whole new level. If Nike Air Force 1 trainers are your thing, then the off the wall shoes, nailed to traditional wooden sandal blocks and spray-painted pink is very street wise.
Their latest addition is a gallery space that has exhibits by avant garde international artists.
You know they are fashion forward and are being noticed when visitors such as, Pharrell Williams and Gucci’s Frida Giannini come threw the door. I know exactly where lady Gaga’s wardrobe inspiration has come from, you guessed it, she has also been here.
I have come of an age where mainstream fashion is so passé and these guys are so heading into my wardrobe collection.
Costume fashion is one of their trade marks
Customized by Koshiro Ebata for Garter, his shop you can find in Kita-Kore building in Tokyo – Koenji.