Taipei isn’t just the capital of Taiwan – it’s also the fashion capital of the island nation. Home to many up and coming fashion designers, the city is home to boutiques that are a cut above the rest. Here are seven of the very best shopping spots in town.
This high-end fashion boutique actually markets itself as an art gallery, and will often collaborate with local artists who exhibit their works in-store. Have your wallet at the ready, as Danchu Taipei sells real high-end designer gear from brands such as Yohji Yamamoto and Gareth Pugh.
A store that is a relative paradise for lovers of the monochromatic, Immense sells mostly items that are either black, white, or both. They sell both high-end and slightly more affordable collections, such as their own brand line, but best of all, they stock items from local Taiwanese designers.
Damn It! Vintage
Finding good vintage clothing shops in Taipei isn’t as easy as you think. They are few and far between, but when you do go looking for one, make sure it’s Damn It! Vintage. Specializing in 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s clothing, what makes this place unique isn’t just the treasure trove of amazing vintage clothing, but the fact that it’s located in a temple. Unusual? Sure, but when it comes to fashion, they do say anything goes.
Design Store (三八計)
Located in Songshan Cultural Creative Park, 38 Design Store offers customers the chance to see the items being worked on and take a look around the designer’s workspace. The best place in Taipei for handmade designer clothing, the store is owned by a designer who is also open to customizing clothes with input from customers.
‘0416 x 1024
Nothing represents Taiwanese street fashion quite like a quirky t-shirt, and so for those with a love for the weird and wacky, ‘0416 x 1024 is perfect. Though not a boutique as such – because they really only do t-shirts, bags, and hats – their collection is incredibly unique and you certainly won’t find the like outside Taiwan. This place is definitely the store for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Started with the express intention of bringing some of the world’s most innovative fashion concepts and brands to the general public of Taiwan, Secret Service is the store where you can find it all. From avant-garde fashion to casual street wear, if it’s in vogue then this store most likely has it.
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