Ingni is a giant Japanese women’s clothing brand I haven’t talked about much except for a previous shop staff snap. Ingni is such a wildly popular clothing brand it has stores in even the smallest of Japanese towns. In big cities you can see an Ingni from another one almost. They have a giant store on the first floor of Shibuya 109 and one barely a block away on Shibuya Center-gai. I’m sure when I head back to Japan they’ll have put another 15 Ingnis in.

So after ignoring the brand here’s a little history and talk about them plus a cute shop staff snap I took from Ikebukuro Sunshine City.

Ingni info:

katakana: イング

pronounced: “in-gu”… I have no idea how gni became gu but there it is

naming reason: The name is derived from the english ending “-ing” to mean always in flux.

stores: 100+ all in Japan, over 40 in Tokyo area. Chances are if you’re in a mall, you’ll find an Ingni.

history: Ingni first started in 1982 as a wholesale company selling Kobe fashion, which was a big boom in the 80s-90s. In 1998 they started their own self-named brand Ingni which was more of a CanCam brand at the time. Now Ingni sells to all types and is featured in Popteen, Vivi, Cutie and more.

parent company: It is now owned by Mitsumaru which is the clothing arm of Tokyu, who owns Shibuya 109 along with brands Heaven and Earth.

sister brands: Ingni First, Allamanda

style: the style is trend sweet casual. It’s considered a sweet discount brand for younger women.

discount brand or trend maker?: Ingni has stayed very popular for their price point as much as their style. Usually Ingni is 1,000 yen cheaper than similar brands yet they do often have original designs and produce collections like the trend brands.

official social media

website: http://www.ingni.com/ingni/
blog: http://ameblo.jp/ingni-tokyo/
twitter: https://twitter.com/INGNI_OFFICIAL

Ingni in Ikebukuro Sunshine City

Ikebukuro Sunshine City is a meandering above and underground mall that is near the famed yaoi manga haven, Otome Road. Ingni has a large shop closer to the Tokyu Hands underground entrance from Sunshine Road and was staffed by a lovely shop staff with classic Ingni style.

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Classic cute date style. She’s actually wearing the same jacket of the Okayama shop staff I took previously even though it was 6 months in between snaps.

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She’s holding up the tunic I bought. It’s really comfortable and hasn’t lost or rusted any of the gold studs on it. Very nice quality. Aren’t her denim wedges so cute? I don’t think I’d consider them for myself but she wears them so cutely that I wonder now.
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Soft casual make-up. Circle lens are popular for everyone now that you can get them without a prescription.

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I really liked her soft casual ponytail and daisy earrings. She’s wearing a lot of accessories but they work really well to dress up a simple outfit.

I also like how she’s doing the simple touches to make an outfit more eyecatching. The casual way the jacket sleeves are rolled up, the daisies on her shoes, the socks that match her onepiece. All these style points that help make a look.

Once their Fall collection comes out I’ll talk more about the mega popular brand that’s always goING!

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In 2012 I was in Okayama and then again this year after my Okinawa vacation. Okayama is a big train hub and has two gal malls: Okayama Ichiban-gai in the train station and Okayama OPA just outside the main train station. This is a tiny collection of Okayama OPA (岡山オーパ link) from both 2012 and 2013. I was there for Spring and Summer so it’s much more of a sunny mix, but there’s various styles in Okayama OPA with Hellcat Punks and Alconquins represented to Lip Service and Ingni.

First is a gyaru shop staff snap I took in March with an Ingni girl.

Ingni in Okayama OPA

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