Japanese retailers (taken from MyNudies)
RED TEXT - UPDATED INFORMATION Last update - 19 Nov 2007
I've seen it in countless threads and I've received plenty of PMs about it so I may as well share the info.
Most people are buying jeans from rakuten.co.jp either directly or through the use of a proxy. Others have been able to order jeans directly from their official websites. This is a quick guide on how to do it.
Rakuten - What is it?
RAKUTEN ICHIBA ( http://www.rakuten.co.jp) is one of the largest internet malls in Japan. RAKUTEN means Heaven. ICHIBA means market. There are more than 8000 shops in this mall. More than 5,000,000 people have their membership on this web mall and there are 6.000.000 items listed. However, you need to checkout your purchases separately as each web store is operated seperately.
Do they ship outside of Japan?
Most shops do not ship outside of Japan but some do. Some shops will be able to speak english and some will not, in that case use google translator or babelfish.
Shops that ship internationally. (click to go the store front)
*2nd no longer ships Flathead jeans to the U.S.A due to the Levi's lawsuit.
**Take off only have a confirmed Australian buyer Thanks Rob!
Skull Jeans - fabfour.co.jp -email to order *
pants shop avenue
Denime - email to order
www.clever-id.com - email to order, takes paypal. (thanks bonanz)
http://www.g-a-r-d-e-n.com/onlineshop/ - *new* - thanks BJ
*Fabfour do not ship jeans with red tabs to the U.S.A due to the Levi's lawsuit.
Western stores selling Japanese denim.
Location: San Francisco
Brands: Samurai, Flathead, Iron Heart, Skull and Sugarcane.
Blue In Green Soho
Location: New York
Brands: Samurai, Eternal, Fullcount, John Bull, Paul Smith Red Ear, Pure Blue Japan, Skull, Somet, Studio D'artisan, Sugarcane and Warehouse.
Contact: Email contact page
Location: New Jersey
Brands: Sugarcane and Buzz Rickson
Contact: Contact page - fax or telephone
Iron Heart EuropeLocation: UKBrands: Iron Heart and The Flathead
Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
These shops do not ship internationally.
JACKPOT (Indigo_junkie is the man)
SAMURAI - OFFICIAL PAGE WEBSHOP, no longer shipping jeans to countries outside japan (Thanks Tiro)
You will notice everything on these web pages will be in Japanese, to better help navigate yourself through the websites you can use the aid of an online translator such as google translator - enter the URL of the rakuten page at the bottom and translate the entire webpage from "Japanese to English BETA". It will in no way be perfect but should help you a little bit.
Ordering It is possible to order directly from the above mentioned rakuten shops if they are so willing. However all ordering instructions will be in Japanese. Super-rag have since created a guide to creating a rakuten account, find it here. It is noted that you do not need a rakuten account to order from rakuten store fronts and you are able to do a one off purchase. To make a purchase as a one off, please refer to this STEP-by-STEP guide here. (The instructions are in 100% english, it is fool proof) If your order is confirmed they will send you an email saying so in Japanese. Take full use of google translator.
Step 4ProxyA proxy can help you obtain any item you desire from rakuten store fronts or Japanese websites that do not ship internationally. This is by far the easiest way to obtain goods from Japan. Works like this
You pay proxy deposit--->proxy orders your item--->vendor ships to proxy inside Japan--->you pay proxy in full including fees and shipping--->proxy then ships item to your country of residence.
There are commercial type business like proxys such as Juno or Celga and then more individual ones such as parachutes(sufu) and japanhookup(sufu). With the more commercial proxys they will be more reliable but their fees tend to be much higher. With members on forums its a transaction based on trust but the fees are usually quite low.
Junos Bid ServiceCan also do bids on yahoo japan, fluent japanese and speaks fairly good english. Website has a lot of useful links to yahoo auctions.
Similiar to juno, fluent english. Specializes in anime goods.
Parachuteslocation: Yokohama, Japan
fees: Please refer to a new link here for fee details. *CLICK*
contact e-mail: email@example.com
JapanHookup - he is the cheapest
fees: (Cost of the item + cost of shipping) x 15%
Regular email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile mail: email@example.com
**Japanhookup is currently suspending services until september 1st**
Costs You will purchase all items for the price that is listed on the web page, it may be slightly higher though since you will have to pay tax on your purchase. In most cases the price of item and the price of tax are included on the webpage. Please note that if you are ordering directly the store may be unable to mark the item as gift and low cost, whereas a proxy will be able to do this. Please take this into consideration.
All information gathered from various buying guides on the superfuture>supertalk message board and rakuten.
RED TEXT - UPDATED INFORMATIONLast update - 19 Nov 2007