Location: Tokyo, Japan
Coolest Brands: Engineered Garments, Needles, Barena
If you're going to go through all the effort to make a 12-hour flight to Tokyo, you would be a dummy for not checking out the original Nepenthes shop. Sure, there are oodles of shops you can visit (and you should), but if you want a first-hand look into exclusive Engineered Garments and Needles gear that you might not get the opportunity to catch in the NY shop, Nepenthes is the place. A bonafide grail of shops, it's as hidden as its American counterpart... so be on the lookout, and happy hunting.