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Tokyo Snaps: Part One



—01. Margaret Howell Cafe, Shibuya.


Half of our team is now in Tokyo, with a few more to arrive over the next couple of days. We have a packed schedule which started off with an exciting interview on our first full day together. We'll be trying to visit as many shops as possible between meetings and interviews, so we'll try to update with shop visits and whatever else we might be up to in the coming weeks.

Reader Comments (18)

The MHL cafe in Shibuya? Really? If that's a sign of things to come, I won't be holding my breath. You guys should get a clue of what's really interesting in Japan, maybe even do the unthinkable and go beyond Tokyo for a while?

But I get it - you're just a bunch of boring rugged casual bloggers, a style which has been over in Japan since more than 3 years now. It's only for tourists.

You are not welcome.
November 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter渡辺
How depressingly clean and tidy it all looks
November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJo
why such a grumpy chops?
November 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersid
Byjaysus...Ulysses has moved to Japan
November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary Christmas
To be fair, these photos are inordinately dull. What were you thinking?!

Although anyone talking about 'rugged casual' being 'over' not only sounds like a fashion moron but also has missed the point entirely. Inventory should more to advocate honest quality and steer well clear of price exclusivity suckerdom.
November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiffen
渡辺: Thanks for your help, man. We look forward to your next contributions.
November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXX
You should hire that guy, he's hilarious.
November 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhi mom
He's probably not from Tokyo
November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSorrybut
Seriously, this is your trip to Tokyo? MHL cafe? Fanboys represent. And yeh, 渡辺 said it best.
November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMA
渡辺 change your name in something that we can all properly say. smart ass.
November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHans Peterse
渡辺 ,

I think it's funny how the Japanese are STILL obsessed with AMERICAN workwear AND WWII garments.

Please take your genius elsewhere, or, better yet, provide a link to your work.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWinthrop
November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDookie
We're talking in English or Japanese Dookie...nothing in between.
November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPostman Plod
These photos are amazingly superfluous and self-referential, in all fairness. I like Inventory magazine, but I agree with Giffen when he says it should be more about honest quality rather than price and brand exclusivity.

Its not so much about 'product, craft and culture' as it is about, on the most part, plugging pieces of clothing based entirely on whether it fits with seasonal looks. You guys definitely outsell yourselves.

Its a little boring now.
November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee
Don't be so hard on the guys. They followed up with some real nice shots of them exploring the wonders of Shibuya.
November 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter渡辺
snoozie pics guys. Expect better. Do something different - Tsukiji Fish Market!
November 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphilipr
seriously? It's funny how readers try to dictate the content of a mag that hasn't strayed from the original evolutionary line of being. Why don't you shut yourself in a solitary solemn state or go elsewhere to find your "quality" yet inexpensive, "unbranded" yet branded content... laughs.
November 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterv
re: 渡辺

At least inventory does something honest and real- the brand is not a forced calculation of "cool" that is constantly be shoved down your throat- ie. "stock items"
I think it's great that guys with such great taste and passion for the items they sell and talk about can also have down to earth personalities and feel comfortable being themselves. They dont work to produce an image for their brand that isn't them.
check out your blog post about changing your girlfriend for the improvement of your brand and i'm sure you'll see where I am going with this...
November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.R.

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