Yesterday I bought a $20 button.
Actually, it cost ¥1,470 — with the current exchange rate, that’s $18.28 USD.
I’m not sure if this is a case of succumbing to Tokyo’s inflated prices or embracing the rare gem this city sometimes offers you. It doesn’t actually matter, because at the moment I’m in button-love.
I’m working on a special project that needed one special detail — thankfully, a place like & STRIPE exists. A button and notions shop in hip Nakemeguro, & STRIPE has really neat stuff. That’s right — neat. Neat-o. Rad.
They have a strict no-photos rule inside, so you’ll have to trust me. & STRIPE is easy to find — from Nakemeguro station, head northwest until you hit the river. Follow the river west and the shop is on the left side, about a 5 minute walk from the station. (Need help getting to Nakemeguro station? Try this site.)
1-25-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042 Tel. 03-3714-3733 Open 11:30 to 7:30, closed the first and third Tuesdays of each month
A second shop is now open in Kichijoji: 2-7-4 Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo 189-0004 Open 11-7, closed the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month
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