As a not-so-well-known destination on the vintage route in Tokyo, Mel Antique deserves every bit of recognition for its exquisite collection of French cotton and linen, ranging from 1830 to 1950. Owner Takatoshi Tanaka is no understatement to the term ‘passionate’, and his spirit is rooted in France where he spends many summers on long digging trips around the countryside – looking for these incredible pieces from old barn houses and warehouses.
Tanaka has archived all of these gems into a quaint showroom space on top of Tokyo’s trendy suburb, Shimokitazawa, where you’re more likely to find a younger crowd and vintage from the 50s onwards. So, to find his store is stepping into his little museum, his capsule that holds much inspiration and much history. Expect great organic fabrics you forgot about like early 20th century poplin or curious hemp-like weaves that can give you a wealth of information surrounding its wearer, his or her wealth and social status. A must-go destination for romantic collectors, or designers – Tanaka san has gone the extra mile for you.
2-26-7-2F Kitazawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo
opening hours 13:00-21:00