For our latest piece of original Highsnobiety content, we headed out to Nakameguro’s blissful planes for a chat and a wander with nonnative’s Sam Fitzgerald.  Here, Sam drops some specialist knowledge on the best stores, coffee shops, and yakitori joints.

Of course, there’s also an up-close look at where the magic happens for the brand, as we check out its flagship premises, Vendor. “[Nakameguro] is a place of respite. Tokyo’s a pretty fast-paced city and there’s a lot going on. It’s nice to have a place a little more laid back,” remarks our chilled out tour guide.

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Bright LED lights, buzzing arcades, and stressed salarymen are usually some of the first things that come to mind when you mention the word “Tokyo” to someone. Like most megacities, Japan’s capital is a place that’s built on organized chaos; its breakneck pace of living probably unmatched anywhere else on the planet.

But then that would only tell half the story. Buried within the sprawling metropolis lie several tranquil oases and green spaces for its citizens to escape the hectic hustle and bustle: the residential district of Nakameguro being a prime case in point. Here, the locals are more accustomed to boutique cafes and cherry blossoms than they are traffic and loud noises. Just ask the label nonnative — one of Japan’s finest fashion exports in recent years — who originated out of these parts.

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