Saturday, October 3, 2009

Opening Day!

Today was our opening day and we're pleased to report that it was a big success! Of course, it started off in frantic fashion as launches of any kind always seem to, with both of us literally running around the store trying to get it ready by 12:30PM. I don't really know why, but we were actually a little surprised to see people gathering to wait outside for opening time. A crowd quickly gathered inside shortly after we opened the doors.

For those who couldn't be there, here is our store interior:



It's a small store but as you can see, there's actually still a lot of room to add and decorate. In the back, we have a large area reserved for shoes (it's kind of cut into the wall, so there's not much else we can put there right now). Believe it or not, our store is larger than any similar stores in Japan.

We actually didn't get a chance to take any photos of the exterior. We've still got some work to do on it anyway - we're not all that happy with our awning.

Here is some of the gang that was there at opening:


(If anybody has any objections to the use of this photo, let us know.)

Everybody looked really cute and you were all great customers! We hope you come back soon.

Arsenic and Old Lace has also posted up her own photos from the opening.

A couple little notes on the immediate future for the store:

* Our next door neighbor (who actually used to rent the place himself) gave us a great idea for a changing area, so we'll be getting on that post-haste. We were actually kind of stuck on this for a while, because our store has lots of little nooks and crannies that make it not obvious where to put a changing area without major construction. But now we've got a direction, so hopefully within a month or so we'll have a curtained area for you to change. This is a priority for us.

* We will have the special order forms ready either tomorrow or Tuesday (remember, we're closed Monday only this week). We just need to make a bunch of copies.

* Several of you saw us receive our Victorian maiden shipment today. Some of that was to fill our last group order, but we do have a few new things for the store, including mini-hats, a rose leaf comb hair accessory (we ordered more, but they only had one left), and two new regular skirts. Check them out in the store, or you can wait for us to post them to the web site.

* We'll hopefully have our information whiteboard up in the store tomorrow, but the next shipment we're expecting is from Innocent World. It should hopefully arrive within the next week. Following that, we're planning orders with Putumayo and Maxicimam right now, so if you're fans of theirs, it's a good time to start thinking about whether you want us to order anything for you. We'll keep you all posted on that.

Once again, thanks for a great opening day!

Those of you outside of New York, have no fear - we'll be updating our web site again soon.

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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.

  • Atelier-Pierrot - ordered, awaiting shipment
  • PUTUMAYO - mid-January
  • SEX POT ReVeNGe - mid-late January
  • Yosuke USA - mid-late January
  • 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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