Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On the Street…Omotesando, Tokyo

Prada, Aoyama


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  1. MBS

    April 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

    the girl on the first one is very cute. I lobe the look, but also the expression of her face.

  2. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

    There is no place like Tokyo right now for clothes … all you nyorks,londons,milans just watch and learn humbly

  3. Louis

    April 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

    She is very nice, minimalist yet sophisticated!!!

  4. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

    finally you are in Tokyo!

  5. Prutha

    April 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

    the first look is my fav….love it!!

  6. vanilla

    April 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

    love the jacket in the third picture.
    oh how i wish to go to tokyo as well.

  7. Luciano

    April 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Not nice, it is sad when you don't recognize if it is a man or a woman…

  8. thetrendnet

    April 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

    great tokyo!

  9. vir beātum

    April 21, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I must say I do retain a penchant for those kinds of shoes, with those kinds of socks. It's so endearing. If only men had a similar option.

  10. Christine Scott

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    everyone should visit Tokyo. It's cool. Tokyo people changed my perception of many things. We really don't matter so much so have fun with whoever you are. cx


    April 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

    One word for the first girl: Adorable.

    Why? The ruffled ankle socks make the difference.

    Great photos.

  12. chibi

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

    LOVE the guy's jacket… and the blue shirt
    waaay awesome :D

  13. Jia En

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

    the girl on the first photo looks lovely!

  14. lizzy

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Just goes to show that Tokyo has some of the best dressed people on the planet!

  15. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

    <3 it..

  16. Sara Bentley

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I love the ruffled socks and Mary-Janes worn by the girl in the first picture — so sweet!

  17. Alexandra V.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I adore their layering process and play of volumes! Tokyo rules!

  18. lumikha

    April 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

    oh my!! all over that last one. especially that cream sweater.

  19. Johanna Urban

    April 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Great photos! I love the girls outfit, so cute!!!


  20. Jamie

    April 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

    omg i love your blog, maybe we can follow each @ bloglovin?

  21. Mumei

    April 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

    the flagship stores in tokyo were amazing. bathing ape in shibuya and acne in harajuku were breath taking.

    the most amazing thing about japanese fashion to me is how drastic an individual's style changes from day to day. the young man with the green hair might wear a suit the next day and a dress the day after that. fashionable people in japan just seem so open minded to every possibility.

  22. Hiroaki Nagahata

    April 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

    wonderful…you took pictures of people who was "really" stylish, not circus.

  23. Chie

    April 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I used to live in New York, but now I live in Yokohama.(Next to Tokyo) It's really interesting to see how foreigner look at Japanese culture and fashion. I hope you enjoy your stay!

  24. Takeru

    April 21, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Great pics and very cute girl.

  25. J.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The brown print jacket with the blue shirt underneath is so outrageously perfect in every way…..I can't breath!

  26. Jess

    April 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

    The attitude of the second guy is wonderful. It takes a lot of aplomb to pull off such an obviously matched and yet "cool" look!

  27. bestie

    April 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I am drooling over the girl's dress. Her whole outfit is just so darling.

  28. Blanca

    April 21, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Great photos as always, I really like the first outfit, Tokyo is full of surprises.


  29. spin

    April 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

    nice boy ; ) great jacket

  30. photohogger

    April 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I think I may have had those socks when I was two.
    Love the BAG the dude is carrying.

  31. Yoli

    April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

    The girl is unbelievably lovely and I agree with the rest, the socks and shoes completes and adds a different twist to the look.

  32. Sognatrice

    April 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I love the first outfit! The dress is beautiful;)

    The (im)Perfect Harmony

  33. Jason laucht

    April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

    very sophisticated! the jacket on the 3rd pic is really nice!

  34. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Tokyo is the best shopping in the world bar none.

    Technically, the "do" in Omotesando means "street" so you if you write "Omotesando St." it's like saying "street" twice. FYI!

    Hope you're having a great time.

  35. Adeline JOIE

    April 21, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Hello Mr. Sartorialist!

    I think you should go to Japan more often! These outfits are amazing and thirst-quenching from the usual trends. The unusual-ness, their boldness, breathes freshness to this place. I love the fact that they care of every nitty gritty detail on them! Thanks!

  36. SPEETway

    April 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

  37. proletarian Great Gatsby

    April 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Photo 1:Alice in Wonderland with de white rabbit's watch as trophy

  38. TorontoVerve.:

    April 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

    They both look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  39. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I hope you're gonna stay in Tokyo for a long time! I've been visiting your site for quite some time now and I can quite safely say that I love your Tokyo pics the most so far.

  40. Udayadity

    April 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    that first girls has such and adorable face and outfit on!
    and the second man looks wonderful as well (love the glasses especially). japan is so lovely.

  41. MiracleBox

    April 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    That girl really looks adorable <3

  42. sofia

    April 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    u should check this site

    I love it!

  43. Ganymede Girl

    April 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Cute, I love the girly socks! They guy is great, I love how he has broken up the complete matching with the blue collared shirt underneath. I can't believe another commenter who said they can't tell the difference between a man and a woman, it really is not that difficult…

  44. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Looking at your Tokyo pictures makes me very nostalgic. I love it!!!!!

  45. la señorita

    April 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    La japonesita me encanta, es muy dulce.
    Tendencia total los calcetines.
    Voy a tener que mejorar mi ingles para poner los comentarios en ese idioma.
    Mas o menos entiendo los comentarios de los demás, pero no sé si vosotros los mios.
    Un beso

  46. A.Chu

    April 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I grew up in Asia, but now lives in NY. I always find styles I/people wear in Asia doesn't quite fit in this new country, and vice versa. So it's good to see how Sartorialist is going to interpret Asian's style and how the culture influence the way they dress differently from the Western countries.

    Will you travel to other Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc?

  47. A.Chu

    April 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I grew up in Asia, but now lives in NY. I always find styles I/people wear in Asia doesn't quite fit in this new country, and vice versa. So it's good to see how Sartorialist is going to interpret Asian's style and how the culture influence the way they dress differently from the Western countries.

    Will you travel to other Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc?

  48. Sophie

    April 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    So cute, I love the girl's socks:) /Sophie♥

  49. LE Blog de MOK

    April 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    That is TOO CUTE !!!!!! love the Look !!

  50. princess glee

    April 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I love this guy's layering and he's great to look at…that purse–for men? I'm trying to embrace the idea and so far it's not working.

  51. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    A very nice facade of Herzog & de Meuron.

    I like the way the architects perceive surfaces as a protection and a communication layer at the same moment. The constructive structure and the visual pattern of this building determine each other.

    rational / irrational – very sartorial !

  52. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    The blonde guy's jacket is to die for.

  53. Cloud of Secrets

    April 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I love how the girl has managed a charming and textured modern Victorian mood without going the costumey Lolita route.

  54. TheFashionAddict

    April 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    that girl's outfit is so cute, love her socks.

  55. notanotherblog

    April 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I agree with the jacket. Your Tokyo visits are making me wanna explore really interesting patterns/graphics.

  56. Kelly

    April 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I really love the androgyny in a lot of these Tokyo pics. It's such an interesting expression of self when you blur the lines between male and female with your clothes. No inside-the-box thinkers here!


    April 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    By walking around this city you realize that no one is dressed that same…
    each one has his one outfit…created just for him.
    You can see thousand of trends rising and growing and it's up to you witch
    one to choose, witch one inspires you most…
    The only truth is that street makes fashion…trends are coming from there…
    Fashion not coming from the streets is sentenced to become "out".

  58. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I love the last photo, with the leather jacket and it's photo transfers on it. Where do you get a great jacket like that? Japan? Also love the layering, done so casually yet it works. He's very hip.

  59. fashionsdirtylaundry

    April 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    The third photo is super! He has a real quality about him, doesn't he?

  60. the red bungalow

    April 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    picture 1 = fabulous!

    Bre @

  61. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    April 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm


  62. Álvaro

    April 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Love the pic of the girl, she´s so lovely


  63. Alhimovich

    April 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    she is so cute! =)

    I make the project "People an their hats" (London), maybe it would be interesting for you or your followers =)

  64. chrissi

    April 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Sart, I am LOVING these Toyko pictures! And the girl in this series is just adorable. I'm jealous of the innocent charm she exudes without being overly frilly in her outfit. Love it.

  65. Jocy

    April 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for covering Japan! Inspiration overload. It would be interesting if you extended your travels to other parts of SE Asia. When people think of inspiring fashion, their idea of "Asia" is usually limited to Japan, Korea, maybe HK. Will you be hopping around that region of the world?

  66. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Andy Hockney or David Warhol

  67. Brae Howard

    April 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    please take pictures in shimokitazawa off the odakyu line, just west of tokyo. it's such a hip spot!

  68. jaine

    April 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    that prada building is awesome! love the windows…

  69. Le 21ème

    April 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    LOVE the blonde dude!


  70. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    That girl renders me speechless with her loveliness. I would have never thought of combining that dress with that sweater. It should look grungy, but it doesn't. I don't know how she pulls it off.

  71. ava86

    April 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    How do the Japanese do it? All that creativity in one collective mind…explosive!

  72. Felicity

    April 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I love the last guy's bag!

  73. a la Modest

    April 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I want that guy's jacket!

  74. stabix

    April 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    She is so nice. I like her coordinate, particularly the shoes.

    Thanks for finding cute Tokyo girl.
    how do non-Japanese see Japanese fashion!? a matter of interest.

  75. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Mr. Schuman, it's great that you're shooting people in Japan!

    That guy's wearing the Tom Ford SS 2010 frames I am dying for!! Anyone knows the name/style number of that model?

  76. nich0las

    April 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I visited Tokyo in 2006 and I've dreamt of returning ever since. Such amazing people.

  77. Christina

    April 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    This guy rocks. The glasses, the blonde hair, it just works. He's cool.

  78. Brigadeiro

    April 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    LOVE the Prada building! Took about 1001 photos of it (both day & night) from every angle, it is amazing! Gorgeous pics!

  79. Ashley

    April 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    she is so cute

  80. AnastasiaC

    April 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    such a totally different vibe over there in Japan – love it!
    everyone seems to ooze personal style….

    hey didnt some Prada Japan employees sue for discrimination recently – apparently they were told they werent pretty/thin/hip enough?

  81. * Jewelry Designer: Harjot *

    April 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    First pic is amazing

  82. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    all you haters out there, open your eyes and your horizons. just enjoy the photos and appreciate that japan's culture is different than yours. androgyny is actually hip over there, and so are sunglasses at night. big deal

  83. Smalls Apparel

    April 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    This jacket is something to envy. Love the spectacles also. Very nice

  84. dresses

    April 22, 2010 at 1:42 am

    wow““`i love the Japanese girl.she is lovely and beautiful.The Prada building are graet.

  85. scarebaby

    April 22, 2010 at 2:02 am

    The blonde gentleman has done a masterful job of layering. And the jacket is amazing!!

  86. Stephen

    April 22, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Everything about this is so new, and fresh, and I can't stop looking at it. Glasses especially.


  87. Glass Of Venice

    April 22, 2010 at 5:50 am

    First girl looking gorgeous .. Jacket is amazing.. Interesting blog.. Thanks for sharing..

  88. yozora

    April 22, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I'm sorry, but the blond guy's glasses don't really work for me. They're far too small for his face. The rest of his look is fabulous, but the glasses look like a pair of childrens' glasses and to me this guy seems like he's not comfortable wearing them.

  89. Celia D.H.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Love the jacket!

  90. gih

    April 22, 2010 at 8:12 am

    On the first photo. That Japanese lady is so cute, I like her Japanese accent.

  91. Chiayen

    April 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Great Prada building @ Aoyama, suggest you can go to GINZA, it's also a very amaziing place, I love there so much, lots of building, Hermes and Gucci, both have Cafe inside, it's also amazing, I love Tokyo so much, haha……

  92. Ashley Arostegui

    April 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The first in this set is so striking. The girl's outfit and expression are lovely- I'm especially into her adorable socks and the buttons on her dress, but the photo itself is so suffused with light and glow!

  93. FiL

    April 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Pure love jacket…


  94. Ninjagaiden78

    April 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Very beautiful ladies.

  95. Alizée G.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    j'adore la derniere fille, si legere et souriante, et puis c'est ca qui est fabuleux au japon tu peux t'habiller comme tu le souhaite personne ne serait étonné de ton look, au contraire, plus ca clash, plus ca change c'est extra !!
    Bisous, bisous, Alizée G.

  96. Jack Daniel

    April 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    What about the building? I love that pic!

  97. kagitsune

    April 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Since we're not just looking at Harajuku (thank goodness!), I suppose I'll lend my own advice for while you're still in Japan.

    If you want to see gorgeous kimono, both on hangers and worn, try Kanazawa. It's a little city on the west side of the island, about 4 hours by Shinkansen. Great people, too.

    If you want to meet the nicest people ever, visit Hiroshima. :3

    Kyoto is full of incredible architecture and history. I understand there's a great costume/fashion museum there, too.

    I'm sure you've heard of "The" Ginza in Tokyo. Very chic people there…

    Anyway, there are a couple websites that do a much better job at summarizing Japanese fashion:

    Anyway, have a great time in Tokyo. I'm so happy you have the opportunity to experience the rich, quirky fashion of Japan. :3

  98. designer t-shirts

    April 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Great images

  99. Ahuva

    April 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Beautiful people!

  100. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Anonymous New Yorker in Seoul:

    The style of the men in Tokyo do not speak to me as a slightly older, conservative man. Where are the fashionable Japanese men in suits that pervade the pages of your Milan visit? Don't they wear good suits in Tokyo itself?

  101. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I know it probably says something as dull as "no parking" but would love that big street caligraphy on a wall in my home!

  102. daydreams and teacups

    April 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Dude. That guy is so Andy Warhol-esque. Love it. Xxx.

  103. zapp

    April 23, 2010 at 1:07 am

    the japanese are the most stylish and fashionable people on earth! they don't copy other countries on style, they set the trend and they are very original in the way they dress up. the japanese are the master of colour mixing and they really know how to layer their clothes in the most interesting and unusual way.

  104. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 5:43 am

    the top girl looks SO cute!

  105. Mich

    April 23, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Your Tokyo shots are brilliant. I hope we get to see more of them! I recently bought a series of japanese dressmaking books and am loving the forms and techniques too!

  106. Mira

    April 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I think I would love to stay in Tokyo, purely for the freedom of fashion that it seems to represent. The level of individuality is astounding but the fact that their outfits work is classic.

  107. mr. pineapple man

    April 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    i agree with everyone~ that girl is cute! she kinda looks like the girl from the first nana movie and atsuhime…

  108. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    david hockney, i love your jacket!

  109. ACJM

    April 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

    For anyone interested,I believe that the girl in the first picture is influenced by the Mori girl (forest girl) fashion, which is influenced by (amongst other things) Scandinavia and antiques.
    [I found out about it through you want to know more]

  110. Caylie

    April 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    love the jacket!


  111. TokyoTopGuide

    April 28, 2010 at 5:14 am

    It's no wonder that Tokyo fashion inspires international designers and celebrities who look to the Tokyo street fashion for fresh ideas. From Gwen Stefani to Jay-Z and Kanye West.They all closely watch Harajuku Teens for this unbelievable Tokyo style.

  112. Cloud of Secrets

    April 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I've translated the top girl's look into thirtysomething mom wear!

    Found in Translation

  113. Anonymous

    April 29, 2010 at 4:29 am


  114. Anonymous

    April 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I like the composition of ??? next to the girl.

  115. AMAIA

    May 10, 2010 at 7:37 am

    two years ago i also streetstyled in tokio for elle magazine… scott is always best!
    i found inspitarion… check&look:
    what do you think?

  116. NoLa Prz

    September 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hes totally unique

  117. fused glass jewelry

    December 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Where are the jewelry accents to complete these looks?

  118. Alex

    November 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    very shoreditch

  119. deckert

    November 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    There are some fascinating points in time on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity but I’ll take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want extra! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

  120. Murano Glass

    September 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I am Italian and I can tell you that the brown jacket in the last picture is very fashion!! Thanks for sharing!

  121. Italian Glass

    October 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I was in Tokyo 2 weeks ago and I must say that fashion over there is not negligible! I saw so many interesting new trends, I look forward to see them in Europe also!

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