As a feyyshun person, you primarily hear two things when people find out about your occupation:
- Where did you get that *insert fashion item* from?
- Can you shop for me or style me, please?
And while I can’t help with question two (I can teach you, but I have to charge), question one is always met with groans and eye rolls when the desired pieces happen to be off-season items or obtained overseas. I understand the frustration, but it is literally my job to shop for the best pieces in the market! And like an alcoholic in a bar, I literally can’t say no to a good fashion bargain.
But what I can do, is guide you with your overseas shopping purchases, even if I can’t physically be there. I’ll be starting a series of shopping guides to different places I’ve loved and had the privilege of exploring. You’ll get to know all my favourite cult stores, one-of-a-kind vintage boutiques and local brands that I love. Because who wants to shop at the usual high street staples of Zara, H&M and Topshop when these brands are readily available back home amirite? (Unless they’re heavily on sale, then ignore me!) And because good things should be shared, here’s a handy list of places you can keep in mind for the next time you travel!
First up is a destination that’s a favourite amongst Singaporeans—Tokyo.
(No, I did not wear this to go shopping.)
Tokyo can be overwhelming as a city if you don’t know where to start. Even for a seasoned shopper like me, I too consulted a fellow fashion editor for the best tips to streamline my shopping experience. What makes the city’s shopping scene so exciting is the sheer amount of variety you can get there. From thrift stores to high-end luxury, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a brand that isn’t available in Tokyo’s vast shopping districts.
P.S Don’t forget to bring your passport with you everywhere for the 8% tax refund!
Scroll through for some of my favourite places: