© solakzade - a vintage eyewear heaven emerges on omotesando dori
born and bred in osaka, brothers tatsuya and ryo okamoto launched their initial solakzade store in japan's second city back in 2007. specializing in highly sought-after and rare men's and women's vintage eyewear [both sunglasses and optical], the fraternal duo have crafted a unique niche market for themselves and are the only retailers with such offerings nationwide. making their next major step, the okamotos decided to pack up and relocate to tokyo, where on thu - jul 19 a new solakzade boutique with a bohemian-chic interior will officially open its doors. located on bustling omotesando dori, arguably the city's most prestigious address, the store carries a staggering number of over 5,000 frames, ranging from 1950s american-made classical vintage frames and 1900-1940s antique gold-coated frames like john lennon's to classic american-made ray-bans from 1930s-1999 and fashionable vintage shades of a string of european designers, including christian dior, céline, balenciaga, paloma picasso and chanel. the tokyo store also accomodates a full-fledged workshop, featuring heavy-duty machinery sourced from fukui prefecture where most of japan's optical machinery manufacturers originate. needless to say that solakzade's unique offerings and expertise have gained quite a following among influential hipsters, including japanese hiphop superstars verbal and teriyaki boyz, and leading retailers such as isetan, selima optique and gr8. location: 4-29-4-b1 jingumae [harajuku].
© solakzade - tatsuya and ryo okamoto at work, solakzade's store interior [top to bottom]