(I took these pics on the sly, while no one was looking but then the Baby shop girl spotted me with my camera and came running up to tell me I couldn't take pictures. Sorry the h.Naoto one is blurry.)
I went up to Fukuoka today to do some lolita shopping, and I thought I would make a post about the location of the stores. There was a post from two years ago discussing this, but some things have changed a bit.
First, on the Metamorphose website it gives specific directions, including a map to their Fukuoka store. I arrived at the location on the map today to find a hand written note on the mail box saying that they had moved to the VIVRE building. More on that later...
I also went in search of the Moi meme Moitie store. The Fukuoka branch is called Maison de Rosenkreuzer, and there is an address on the site which I looked up using Google maps. The map took me to this little back street, not far from the now former Meta store, and the supposed location was an apartment building between two hotels. I was reluctant to walk in, but when I finally did, determined to discover if the store was really there, I found a mailbox with a tiny sign that said "Maison de Rosenkreuzer," room 504. I took the elevator up, turned the corner, and found nothing but an unassuming apartment door. No sign with gothic lettering, no indication at all that a store existed in that building. I decided against knocking on the door, and then trying to explain in my meagre Japanese why the hell I was knocking on (potentially) some stranger's apartment. I still have no idea what was up with that. If someone could clarify the address/situation with the scary apartment building, that would be great.
Back to VIVRE. It's located directly across from Tenjin Bus Station, and you can spot it on maps, but when you're standing in front of Tenjin looking across the street, all you see is a building that says "Tenjin Core." VIVRE is actually attached/located in the same building, but in the back. Go in the Tenjin Core doors and head toward the back and you'll see green lit signs that say "VIVRE." All the lolita stuff is on the top floor, the 8th, and there is a helpful directory by the escalators that has a list of the shops by floor, and it's in English so the mall is very easy to navigate.
Now for a shop list! The entire 8th floor is punk/lolita fashion and the stores include:
Baby/Alice and the Pirates (when I was there the AatP section mostly had dresses, and not so many jackets, etc. The Baby section also didn't include many prints. The only ones I saw were L'Osieau Bleu and Alice in Ribbon Kingdom. They don't allow you to try the clothes on here)
Metamorphose (this includes a wider selection of their Crown Label than they have on their site. You are allowed to try the dresses on here.)
Putumayo (they let you try on the dresses and skirts here, but not cutsews, in case you get makeup on them)
Kera Shop Heaven (including stuff by Innocent World, Atelier Boz, Choco Chip Cookie, Marble, and others)
h.Naoto (this shop is the biggest one, with the most stuff. It took up almost one half of the floor)
Black Peace Now
Sexy Dynamite London
Hell Cat Punks (these last four are pretty small)
There's also a shop with wigs and many shoes and some verging on ita looking accessories. I didn't see the name for this one.
I've heard people say that sometimes the shop girls at the brand branches are not always very nice, but the girls that I talked to were awesome. The girl in Baby quietly followed me around the shop, holding things as I picked them out and very patiently waiting while I stressed myself out over what to buy. And the one girl at the Putumayo store speaks very good English- with an Australian accent! she lived in Australia for a while. It's interesting to hear a Japanese person speak with not a Japanese accent, but an Austrailian one. Though, I do think I annoyed the h.Naoto girl when I asked her if her armor ring was a REAL Vivienne Westwood. She was kind of just like "yes.... o_O"
Anyway, I hope this helps somebody! Until they move stores around again.