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Haberdashery in Kobe, Japan

Haberdashery in Kobe, Japan

 

 

Looking for the best vintage shop in the world? Look no further.

 

By: Gabriella Anderson

Osaka, Japan

 

Kobe’s Haberdashery, nestled away on a side street between Tor Road and Ikuta Street in the trendy Sannomiya area of Kobe, Japan, is the answer to all of your vintage needs and desires. In addition to the welcoming smiles of the lovely staff and the insanely beautiful store signage and merchandising, Haberdashery is stocked with stunning vintage finds.

 

Haberdashery

The groovy treasures at Haberdashery

 

The shop has everything from mens’ and ladies’ clothing, watches, handbags, hats, and scarves to antique tableware and furniture. They also carry a small selection of gorgeous vintage wedding gowns. Many of the items are sourced from the UK, USA and France (Victorian Era – 1980s), but what I think gives Haberdashery its pleasantly unique vibe are the Japanese vintage pieces thrown into the mix (think intricately embroidered silk Kimonos).

 

 

Hirotoshi Yamamoto

The owner of Haberdashery, Hirotoshi Yamamoto

 

 

Haberdashery’s owner, the brilliant Hirotoshi Yamamoto, has been running the shop since 1993. The store’s concept and aesthetic stem directly from Yamamto’s own unique style and vibrant attitude. He strives to build a personal relationship with each of his clients in order to make their visit a memorable and enjoyable one. In addition to running Haberdashery,Yamamoto as well owns Milou (located in Kyoto) and Orange Thrifty (located in Rokkomichi, Kobe). I have yet to visit his other two locations, but I have a feeling they are equally as splendid and inspiring.

 

 

An even further credit to all of this Japanese vintage awesomeness (and a point which I personally think is the most fashionable thing about the shop) Haberdashery, in partnership with Japanese Red Cross Society, has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund to provide assistance to those affected by the March 11th T?hoku earthquake and tsunami. They have raised over ¥600,000 to date.

 

Haberdashery

Haberdashery

 

If you’re into checking out a wonderful mix of old stuff, warm staff, and heart rather than hype, definitely put ‘Haberdashery’ at the top of your ‘TO DO’ list on your next visit to Japan.

 

Photography courtesy of Haberdashery

 

 

 

Gabriella is a music-obsessed style-junkie, originally from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in Osaka, Japan. She likes to take photos, dance and eat organic fair-trade dark chocolate, sometimes simultaneously.  

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