Friday, December 9, 2011
Bubbles is a fairly new vintage shop that opened up this year in Harajuku, Tokyo. I went there for the first time during my last visit to Japan with my friend. I met the wonderful owner, Coi-san, and got to chat with her a bit about her shop. I ended up seeing her a few other times when I was in Tokyo at her shop and at an event as well. Her shop has a really great mix of vintage, especially from the 80's, but definitely with a Harajuku twist. There is a wonderful variety of great stuff you can find around town, nor can you buy online.All of the shop staff are super cool, and even being in the store for just 10 minutes is a great experience, while the UK's "Shampoo" is often going on in the background.
When I asked on of the shop staff about the concept of the store, he paused for a moment, and said "HYPER MIX!" (In Japanese). I think its a great description..Using vintage but mixing textures, proportions, and patterns in a very Tokyo way which adds a new twist to the vintage for sure. I think that's what is so great about some vintage shops in Tokyo..They take a lot of items that people in middle-America wouldn't even want, but recreate them and make them interesting, and once desireable again.
I've been wanting to do an illustration of Coi-san for awhile now. Coi-san's personal style is also really great. She has been on street snap sites several times, as well as ELLE girl Japan. She even blogs for Elle! Check out Coi-san's blog HERE.
I can't wait to go back to Tokyo again and return to Bubbles soon. I hope you guys enjoy this new illustration!
(From DROP Tokyo)