there are staple names when it comes to übercool fashion that is embraced on the street and by high fashionistas alike. comme des garçons, the japanese label started by rei kawakubo, is definitely one of them. the playful avantgarde designs, use of distressed fabrics and guerilla stores are all inspirational paths in fashion history followed by many. true to her signature style, each of kawakubo's collections is ageless and wearable regardless of the year it was originally shown. her apprentice, junya watanabe, follows the innovative path intuitively.
you can imagine the joy i felt on my walk this morning when i passed common, a small store that mainly sells japanese household design. there were clothes in the window and a small label:
in i walked to find three racks full of comme des garçons clothes: blazers, skirts, tees, bags, etc. the term 'second-hand' is slightly misleading: everything was from previous collections, but unworn. the extremely attentive owner told me that the clothes were a part of a collection of a friend of his who worked somewhere fashion related and had bought each collection. now they are for sale until the end of this month.
the pricing is extremely moderate: blazers around 250€ and a black layered wraparound mini skirt was 118€. as far as i could tell, everything was size m, but true to japanese sizing it was rather small. i grabbed this cardigan with iconic cdg dots and some navy stripes. pure lambswool and 98€, i consider it a true bargain and a great find. truly sugoi!
so what are you waiting for? this is a rare opportunity to get some of the real thing for a fraction of the price (instead of the h&m cheapo versions), so i urge you to go and get some for yourself!