There’s nothing you can’t buy in Tokyo I guess. The only problem: you need lots of money.
Now I know why there are so many Japanese at Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada or Maison Martin Margiela in Europe. Because: The salaries in Japan are higher than for example in Europe. That’s why the designer stuff is more expensive in Japan as well. So the Japanese travel to Europe and carry their salaries right to the Louis Vuitton store in Paris where they buy their dream bag at half the price they had to pay in Tokyo. To them it’s a bargain. And Japanese love designer stuff (and no, they don’t fake them – as some of my colleagues recently confused). That’s also why many big designer houses create special editions you can only buy there. Like Prada’s New Years gift collection. I was so impressed by Prada’s huge flagshipstore in Aoyama (the architecture is breathtaking) that I decided to write a dedicated post about it. Like everywhere else in the world you are not allowed to take pictures inside any store, so I had to take some of the pics from Prada’s website. But the first two are mine.
I had to photograph Prada’s New Years gifts Japan Edition from their catalogue. Sorry for that, but aren’t they amazing? They had many more but what’s the sense in posting a whole catalogue?
And yes, I did buy something at Prada… Will show it in another post. 😉
At last – because it’s so beautiful – another photo taken from Prada’s website.
You can find the flagshipstore in Aoyama, a district very close to Omotesando Station.