Paul’s Boutique is a UK-based label known for its playfully excessive line of clothing and accessories. While certainly not Japanese, fans of perennial favorite gyaru brand Cocolulu are sure to find some common ground within Paul’s range of bright and colorful tops and bags. I have a feeling it’s only a matter of time before word gets out and girls everywhere start snapping up any and everything PB.
I wasn’t able to find anything about the history of Paul’s Boutique beyond a mention of them being a “very small company”. Despite these humble claims, the brand has still managed to encounter problems with fakes and copies, noted by the counterfeit notice on their website. Curious shoppers outside of the UK can find many of their bags for sale legitimately on ASOS.
Tokyo Telephone’s writing is great as I’ve come to expect. While I think that Roen’s prices are a bit crazy, this part rings particularly true to me:
Whereas the shops of 109-2 offer some amazing designs the quality of materials used can sometimes leave something to be deisred. Case in point would have to be the difficulty in finding solid leather boots – they are nearly always made of faux-leather plastics. The up-shot of this is that that fancy pair of Sabgreed boots is going to look great for the first month, but the Roen ones pictured above made of high quality leather are not going anywhere for as long as you want them.
Can’t count how many pairs of shoes I’ve passed up because they were synthetic leather. While I don’t mind synthetic fabrics, synthetic leather is almost always complete garbage and will look terrible after a few wears. Just say no to synthetic leather!
Lately I’ve been looking into getting a decent pair of sneakers. I don’t wear sneakers often but it would be nice to have something cool to wear when I do. I wasn’t prepared to lay down $600 for a pair of Margiela’s, and was also looking for something a bit “louder”. Coincidentally, I found out about the brand JUMP, who appear to be a big player in Asia.
The list price for these are about $300 a pair but you can find them for as low as $100 if you look around (though beware of fakes). The pair pictured above are what I’m planning on getting; a collaboration with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas. I like them despite this rather than in spite of it.
Do you guys like these? Do you know any other cool sneakers?
Word has gotten around that fur is going to be huge this fall, so what will you be wearing? It’s okay if you can’t decide, we’re here for you. Sneak a peek and get inspired with these warm and fuzzy picks for girls…
One trend I’ve been spotting here and there amongst all the new arrivals at various select shops is asymmetrical tees. We’ve already seen a lot of draped tops and loose pants to go along with the current ethnic boom, so it makes sense that shape will likely play a big role in the upcoming season as well. Check out how various brands are interpreting the asymmetrical look…
I’m going on vacation to visit my family for the next week and will be updating sparingly, if at all. Shockingly, seeing my mother for the first time in two years takes precedence over scouring Marui for sweet deals. Retromantique is coming with me as well. Hopefully the other two girls can pick up the slack!
Just found this amazing blog and had to share it with you. The writers Samuel and Rebecca describe it as a blog for tourists in Japan, but I’d say it’s more like an entirely thorough digestion and description of a bunch of cool Japanese shit. Also, Samuel appears to be the only other male Tornado Mart fan I know who isn’t Japanese.
The quality of writing is superb and the subject matter is consistently interesting, even though I disagree with some of their tastes haha. Wish they were writing for this blog instead!