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Vintage Mecca – Tokyo

According to the International Herald Tribune, the story about vintage clothes in Tokyo goes like this: A Hollywood actress, after a successful crash diet, sold her size 6 wardrobe to a thrift shop in Santa Monica. Three months later she came to Tokyo to promote her latest movie and one afternoon wandered into one of the city’s landmark vintage clothing shops, called Santa Monica. What should she find there but her own shorts and several party dresses, unobtrusively displayed under a sign that read: “Santa Monica Style.”

The story must be true as Tokyo has 400-plus vintage shops scattered all over the city.

Vintage apparently began its popularity just after the war. Young men wanted to copy the style of the American GI’s and began buying clothing on the black market.

I must make a trip to Tokyo soon. Maybe there I will find my perfect 50’s dress.

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