As promised, here is the second installment of my Kita-Kore experience.

Next stop was Garter. At the facade, guests were greeted with some sort of an eerie art/fashion installation where garments and shoes were entirely covered with asphalt. The entire scene somehow reminded me of those sick cult horror flicks like Saw and Hostel. Of course, everything on display was for sale and apparently wearable in literal terms. I don't know if you can actually wear it in broad daylight except in Harajuki of course. Perhaps during Halloween it should be okay.

One can easily spend an entire afternoon perusing the building since there are so much cool stuff to see. Filled with over-the-top custom-made conceptual oddities suitable for Lady Gaga production numbers or Rio Carnival-themed ensembles, this one-of-a-kind shopping mecca seemed more like a contemporary art museum than a retail space to me. Located in the same building was another store called iLiL specializing on streetwear/sportswear D-I-Y novelty items. From the raddest Nike Air Force One-geta hybrid kicks to a Samurai-inspired fencing helmet, iLiL takes D-I-Y to a whole new level by translating out-of-this-world concepts into fashion with the right dose of wit and humor.

The secret is out now. If you want to get the attention of street style photographers next fashion week, then, book a flight to Tokyo ASAP! Don't forget to take daddy's black AMEX because all things Kita-Kore don't come cheap. Who knows you might just end up on Vogue.com!

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