Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Store opening: the clothes we'll have

blogger-emoticon.blogspot.comWe thought it might be a good idea to lead up to our store opening with a series of posts answering some of the questions we've gotten about what to expect on the 3rd. (We'll condense these later into a FAQ post just before the opening.) The first topic we'll cover is just what we expect to be selling on the first day, and why.

In Japan, we're what's known as a "select shop", in that we pick and choose the clothes we want to sell rather than just taking whole lines. There are a few reasons for this, the two main ones being that we don't have unlimited room and we have to account for cultural differences, both between Japan and the United States and between New York and everywhere else. (That doesn't mean we're always right, and we do experiment with things now and then that we aren't so sure about.)

So we will have a selection of clothes from the four brands we've started with, including Algonquins, SEX POT ReVeNGe, Atelier-Pierrot and Victorian maiden. We started earlier with Algonquins and SPR and still have some of their summer clothes, so our Lolita area won't be quite as full up as our punk/rock/vk area will be initially. One thing to understand is that there's a seasonal lag with any clothing store - the autumn stuff we just got from SPR and Algonquins was actually ordered months ago, during summer. We still have a bunch of stuff from both of them that we haven't even posted to the web site yet, and that we didn't bring with us to NYAF either. There's gonna be some new stuff that you haven't seen, no matter how closely you follow us.

We do have pending orders with both Victorian maiden and Innocent World to help us bulk up on Lolita. Whether we will receive those shipments by the 3rd is up in the air right now - we're trying, but it's gonna be close. (We might get one or both on Saturday... though it could be next week too.) Shoes are not part of that first IW order, but socks are, along with skirts and jumper skirts, bags, wallets and more. From Victorian maiden we're expecting a couple extra skirts and dresses as well as hair accessories, mini-hats and some other things for our display case.

We are planning Maxicimam and Putumayo orders for shortly after opening, but we will not have them on the 3rd. Maxicimam might be of interest to some of you, though, because they make a line of larger size Lolita clothes. Whether we carried larger waist sizes was one of the more common questions we got at NYAF. So please watch for Maxicimam news here.

As for vintage used clothes, most of what we have is currently posted to the web site, though there are a few extra things that we just never got around to. We will be doing consignment at the store (more on that in another post) and we'll start buying from Japan again as well, but vintage clothes are not our main focus so we've been putting more energy into making deals with brands and getting new clothes.

We'll also have a post on the special order process coming up - even though we're a select shop, we can and will get you anything you want from any of the brands we carry. All it takes is time. More on that later.

That's all for now - watch for a few more of these store opening posts over the next couple days!

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Upcoming Order Schedule

The following is our approximate schedule for future orders we plan to place with our brands, subject to change at any time. If you are interested in special ordering an item, you can use this as a guide for when to order. We recommend ordering 1-2 weeks in advance. Please email us to start a special order.

  • PUTUMAYO - ordering mid-February
  • SEX POT ReVeNGe - just arrived!
  • Yosuke USA - ordered-awaiting shipment
  • VICTORIAN MAIDEN - schedule varies, contact us

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This is the official blog of Tokyo Rebel, New York City's only Japanese street fashion store! We also ship worldwide. Specializing in gothic, Lolita, rock and punk styles, we carry real brands imported directly from Japan. Our brands include SEX POT ReVeNGe, Listen Flavor, PUTUMAYO, Innocent World, Novalar's, Lumiebre, Yosuke USA, ATELIER-PIERROT, Victorian maiden, Pullip, and more!

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