As a street style journalist, Rei Shito is always on the lookout for fresh new faces on the city’s fashion scene. This month, she met up with a young entrepreneur who is making his mark on the shopping streets of Harajuku.

Rei says: “It has been a while since I have introduced you to a Harajuku kid. This is Hayashin, owner of a vintage clothing store called Pat Market Tokyo in the famous fashion district of Harajuku.

“He’s wearing a cut-off T-shirt from Vyner Articles, along with Andrew MacKenzie trousers (which he sells at his store) and Rick Owens boots. I like how he has slightly tucked the shirt into the trousers, and how the trousers are casually tucked into the boots. The effect is harmonious and considered, yet also laid-back and nonchalantly cool.

“Hayashin told me his favourite brands currently are Undercover and Number Nine (though he’s not so much a fan of Takahiromiyashita TheSoloist). A child of the new generation, he finds inspiration in the culture of Ura-Harajuku, the backstreets area of Harajuku characterised by its independent shops and family-owned restaurants.

“At just 23 years old, Hayashin already has a strong passion to learn and absorb more about fashion.”

About Rei Shito

Each month, Rei Shito identifies one defining look that she’s spotted on the street, whether at home in Japan or abroad on her latest trip to the world’s fashion hotspots, providing readers with a fresh, thought-provoking perspective on current trends. Rei is acclaimed as one of the planet’s most original and influential street style photographers and fashion bloggers, publishing her work on her blog Style from Tokyo, as well as several magazines in Japan and overseas, such as For more street style inspiration, follow Rei on Instagram and check out her videos on YouTube.
[Portrait Rei: Jun Tamura]

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