Hong Kong’s Take5: The Ultimate Japanese Denim Destination
We had previously spoke of Hong Kong-based Workware Heritage Clothing and the amazing selection of vintage menswear they have. While they are successful in their own right, if you are still on the hunt for another gem in Hong Kong, look no further than Take5. Over a decade old, the store has become one of the most well known denim purveyors in Asia and the world.
Take5 was started by Benny Seki in 2000 when he had a vision to share and spread his passion for American Vintage culture. However, as Japanese companies became the clear leaders for American vintage denim (repros), it only made sense for him to fulfil his mission by means of Japanese denim.
Thus, on 8th January 2000, Seki and his partners opened Take5‘s doors in the dense, coastal city. They began by being the sole distribution agent for four famous Japanese denim labels – Evisu, Dry Bones, Gardener and Stormy Blue - and now offer other wildly celebrated brands, such as Samurai Jeans, Momotaro Jeans, Iron Heart Jeans, and The Flat Head.
Sensing opportunities outside of their homebase, Take5 expanded their reach beyond Hong Kong to operations in three other Asian countries – Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Their selection is also now comprised of other complementary items such as leather goods, silverware, and a plethora of independent magazines.
So if you are ever in or pass through Hong Kong, don’t forget to stop by Take5! Or if you’ve already visited Take5, let us know what you thought in our Take5 forum thread or in the comments below.