Monday, August 31, 2009

Announcing our New York store opening date!

blogger-emoticon.blogspot.comLadies and gentlemen (and we know there are a few of the latter out there), we're pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the first brick and mortar Japanese street fashion store in New York City! The largest city in the United States is neglected no longer.

When: October 3, 2009
Where: To be announced!

The location is, for now, secret. But we do have a space, and we're working on it right now. Air conditioning went in this weekend! We can at least tell you that it's in lower Manhattan, as we always planned. Somewhere in the circled area below:


(Probably not in the water, though.) Why are we holding out? It's simple - the space is still empty and raw and we want it to be a little more finished before we announce the location. We'll be ready in a couple weeks.

There's a lot to do, especially with planning for two major events going on concurrently. We have not only the store opening coming up, but also the New York Anime Festival in just a few weeks time (yikes!).

We'll be doing some special promotions for our store opening, and we'll have more details on those as we get closer to October 3rd.

We just want to say also that we're extremely excited to be able to open our first physical store, and to bring all these great fashion brands from Japan over to the United States. You know, there's more than one brand in Japanese Lolita fashion, and there are a bunch in punk fashion too. They all deserve their chance here, and we'll be expanding our brand offerings beyond what we have now hopefully pretty quickly. (We already have a few more lined up for the near future.)

Stay tuned for much more in the coming weeks. If you want to follow all the little details as we work on the space, follow us on Twitter.

Be sure to tell all your friends about us! And feel free to repost details of this anywhere on the internet that you feel it's appropriate.

Those of you who are interested in applying for jobs - yes, we will need to hire people shortly, but probably not before opening. So your best bet is to wait - we will have job applications available in our store and likely online (though you will need to give them to us personally once they're filled out).

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Victorian maiden and Atelier Pierrot have arrived!

Arriving on the same day today, we have our newest brands Victorian maiden and Atelier Pierrot in stock and soon to be available for purchase! Both brands specialize in very different styles (Classic vs. Gothic Lolita), but both make truly beautiful clothes. We'll be posting new products from each brand to our web site over the next few days. For now, here's just a little taste of what we have - more and higher quality photos will follow as we create the product pages.


Victorian maiden:


Atelier Pierrot:

Lots of great colors and cuts there. And we've got more than just dresses and skirts - not pictured are blouses (in both black and white), panniers/petticoats, parasols, and of course, the famous Atelier Pierrot crinoline.

Keep watching our site to see when we post your favorite items up for sale. The first products will go up tomorrow evening.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

FINAL REMINDER! Victorian maiden group order ends tonight!

If you guys haven't yet partaken in the Victorian maiden group order, and you're interested in classic lolita fashion, then you owe it to yourself to visit this link right now to read the instructions on how to place your order. If you're not a LiveJournal member, simply leave the LJ username off your order.


Don't miss out! We will stock Victorian maiden clothes regularly as well, but the selection will be small at first. The group order is the only way to ensure you'll get exactly what you want.

UPDATE: this group order is now closed! Thanks to all who participated!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Weekly sale! Algonquins 2-way Boston Bag!

This week, we mark the return of our weekly sale after a short hiatus by celebrating Summer Fridays! Those of you who have them know what I'm talking about, as you read our blog and sip an ice-cold Mojito out on your patio at 2PM on a Friday afternoon. Those of you who don't, well, you probably don't wanna know. But let's all pretend Summer Fridays are a magical time when nobody has to do any work. Surely that's worth celebrating!

To commemorate the occasion(s), we've chosen one of our favorite handbags in all of our collection. Perfect for you to wear on those non-work Summer Fridays when you can be as stylish as you want to be. It's the Algonquins 2-way Boston Bag!




Why do they call it a 2-way bag? Carry it as either a slimline purse, or expand it via two zippers into a large carry-all. Available in either pink with pink lining or grey with black lining.

Normally $88. On sale today only for a nice round $73.

This sale ends Friday night at midnight! Don't delay - order now.


UPDATE: Sale is over...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

General Updates - Obon, brand updates, more!

blogger-emoticon.blogspot.comYou might be wondering what's up with some of the things we've been talking about lately - our store, our brands, our orders with those brands. So! A few updates to keep you guys in the loop:

* First, this is Obon in Japan. Most of the country, including all of our brands, is shut down for the week.

* Our Victorian Maiden group order is ongoing. (We will post a reminder just before it closes this weekend.) Read the instructions and order now to ensure you get what you want! We will also be stocking them regularly, but the stock will be small at first. So the group order is the best way to avoid missing out. Also, Victorian Maiden has now added us to their list of official retailers - scroll down to the bottom of this page.

* Our Atelier Pierrot order is in process but is being held up by our bank, who despite being a national, well-recognized name are apparently not used to dealing with banks in Japan. blogger-emoticon.blogspot.comWe're working it out, but it's taking a little time. The good news is we only need to do this once and then it's set up for all future orders. In any case, we're not going to know if it's resolved until the end of Obon.

* Our first SEX POT ReVeNGe autumn order has been placed and is on track. This is the first of at least two orders; their autumn collection is being released throughout August and September, so we'll place another order early next month. When we do post the items from our first shipment, don't be disappointed if what you wanted isn't in it - it's probably coming in the next shipment. But there is going to be a lot of great stuff in that first shipment too.

* Our ALGONQUINS order is on track. They are waiting until all of our order is in stock before shipping. It should be sometime this month. In the meantime, we've received a new catalog from them with winter jackets and other cool-weather stuff in it - we're deciding whether to open that up to you guys like we did with the last SPR catalog.

blogger-emoticon.blogspot.com* If you're still waiting for Angelic Pretty, it's probably best to give up. Unlike our other brands who have been super-responsive, AP simply never answered us again after we placed our order, even after repeated attempts at contact. It's very disappointing to us after meeting with them in Japan and then being offered a deal in writing. We're still hopeful that eventually they will come around, but even if they do, we will have to start the process all over again. It will take a little time. So this is not imminent. We've removed them from the list of brands we're regularly carrying for that reason. We believe we have a great selection of brands even without them, with more still to come.

* Lastly, the process of opening our brick and mortar store is heating up. You guys are going to want to stay tuned for more.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

New brand: VICTORIAN MAIDEN! (and a group order!)

8/24 UPDATE: Shipment is here! Those of you who participated in the group order, we will be in further contact soon! The rest of you can look forward to a small stock of Victorian maiden clothes and accessories. We'll build over time, and we're working on a way to do special orders if you'd like to get something we don't normally stock from them.

Original post below:

More exciting news!

Last night, we signed a contract with Victorian maiden that's in effect as of today. That means we will soon have their clothing in stock! This is now our second brand that otherwise has no overseas shipping, so we'll be among the few ways to get their clothes in this country. However, we were going to hold off a bit before telling you guys, at least until our first order had been placed. But we've got even more to tell you this time, so we couldn't wait.

We're doing our first group order!

What does that mean? Well, if you're a member of the Elegant Gothic & Lolita LiveJournal community, you probably already know. Go check out the details here.

For the rest of you, a group order is basically what it sounds like - a bunch of people getting together and ordering a bunch of stuff from the same company.

The big advantage is that it's basically nothing but special orders, so you can pick out exactly what you want from the entire stock of Victorian maiden. You don't have to hope we get something you like; you can order what you want, even reserve items. (Of course, you do need to pay in advance - that's the tradeoff.)

So, can you get in on this even if you're not a LiveJournal member? Sure. Just read the instructions at the link above (here again) and follow them like anyone else. We'll be glad to include you in the order.

And if you have any questions, please let us know!

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

SEX POT ReVeNGe Autumn 2009 - want your feedback!

We've been poring over SEX POT ReVeNGe's Autumn/Winter 2009 catalog putting an order together over the past week or so, and we wanted to both give you a preview of some of what you'll be seeing from them shortly and solicit some feedback on what you guys are most interested in. We've scanned (with SPR's permission) the pages from the catalog that feature Megu showing off their clothes - take a look and see what you like. We love everything, so it's hard for us to judge! Unfortunately, we can't order the entire catalog. They also have plenty of t-shirts, accessories and other things that are not displayed this way, so this isn't the entire collection - but these are their featured items.

The slideshow below is clickable - clicking any image will take you to the photo page on Flickr. Email us your favorites, or leave a comment here!



This is also the order we'll be bringing with us to the New York Anime Festival in September, so if you plan on attending, let us know what you want and it'll definitely be there!

P.S. Not all of these items are immediately available, so we will probably end up placing two separate orders, one for now and one in a month or so.

8/6 UPDATE: First of at least two autumn orders sent. Will let you know when it arrives.

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Weekly sale! Metamorphose black JSK (used)

Last day of the week! Last chance for us to have our weekly one-item sale. This week we celebrate a belated birthday - Daniel Ash of goth pioneers Bauhaus and Love & Rockets - who was born on July 31, 1957. This week's sale item is something suitably gothic, and we turned to our vintage used selection to change it up a little from the last couple weeks:



Metamorphose black jumper skirt - normally $170, today just $135. Wow!

This sale ends tomorrow night at midnight, so act fast.


UPDATE: Sale is over. Tune in again next week for a new sale item!

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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 - ordered, awaiting shipment
  • Innocent World - ordered, awaiting shipment
  • Listen Flavor - early March
  • Lumiebre - early-mid March
  • Yosuke USA - just arrived!
  • VICTORIAN MAIDEN - schedule varies, contact us

About this blog

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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