Of late a new term has spawned out of Japans latest music craze. Bangya (a contraction of Band Girls) are girls who are avid fans of Visual-Kei music. Due to the unique style and depth of Visual-Kei music and culture, the fashion of fans of VK are diverse and varied. So for those looking for a few tips on how to flaunt their fashion, here we have listed our top 5 recommended brands for bangya and fans of VK.
Wanna Bangya Look? Then look for PUTUMAYO!
If there is one item that every budding Bangya must have, it would be a piece by PUTUMAYO! The diversity of the brand and relatively friendly pricing makes this a very convenient place for young girls to check out! Featured heavily in industry heavy hitter magazines such as KERA and the Gothic & Lolita Bible, the ever popular brand PUTUMAYO is deeply respected due to its variety of genres and range of appeal. With items designed for Goth-style fashion, along with pieces for punk, cute girly Lolita lovables, and fresh funk, rock and pop pieces within their lineup, finding adequate fashion which can be used to create unique, vibrant Visual-Kei looks that are neither too hard nor too soft is an absolute breeze! So please, if looking for a single item to complete that dreamt of ensemble, or simply wanting to create an outfit from head to toe, make sure you check out PUTUMAYO!
Mana : The Brand That Cannot Be Overlooked!
Another label that is cannot be under estimated and not be more perfectly suited for Bangya is that of the guitarist Mana! Known for his leading role in the Visual-Kei band MALICE MIZER, (the band’s name stands for “malice and misery”, extracted from “Nothing but a being of malice and misery.” — their reply to the question “What is human?”-Wikipedia) Mana went on to create Moi-même-Moitié. With tastes and inspirations from antique regal times, the brand creates an elegant, enchanting and enticing atmosphere that is great for all Banchya!
Moi-même-Moitié is the Gothic Lolita fashion label of Mana, the co-founder and former guitarist of the Visual Kei rock music band Malice Mizer and founder and lead guitarist of Moi Dix Mois. It was founded in 1999 and features the specific styles of Elegant Gothic Lolita, which blends the innocence and cuteness of the Lolita fashion with the darkness and mystery of Gothic fashion, and Elegant Gothic Aristocrat.
The label’s name is a portmanteau of the French words “moi-même” (myself) and “moitié” (half), although the expression “moi-même-moitié” does not exist in French. It could also be interpreted as “my own part” or “my own space”.
Moi-même-Moitié’s clothing is characterised by the use customised materials and couture-like construction. The brand’s logo is a candle stick, which often appears as a design detail, for example as embroidery or on buttons, lace and jewellery. Other frequently used motifs are crosses, roses (with thorns), Gothic architecture and bat wings. The designs are most commonly black, white, grey and deep blue. Lace is also sometimes used.
Moi-même-Moitié has branches in Tokyo and Hiroshima and also offers online ordering for both domestic and international customers.
SexPot : The Bangya Brand
SEX POT ReVeNGe (SexPot) is a highly recognized brand within the Harajuku street fashion. Whilst SexPot has long had origins within Gothic, Rock and Punk fashion their agnostic values of common sense result in wondrous creations that are also perfectly suited to the abstractness of Visual-Kei fashion and Bangya.
Quality Bangya Fashion From h.NAOTO
The Japanese brand h.NAOTO has of late become a truly international brand with common people celebrities alike in the USA, Europe and Asia all enthusiastically and proudly wearing h.NAOTO products and admitting to fandom. As with the pervious recommendations the charismatic charm of the brand which utilizes elements of Punk, Rock, Gothic, Militaristic, Street, etc elements into their designs again harmonizes perfectly to be used with Bangya Visual-Kei fashion! H.Naoto is a very progressive and diligent label that regularly releases cutting edge seasonal collections so be sure to check their official website and social media outlets so as not to miss out!
EXCENTRIQUE : For The Elegant Bangya
For those Bangya who wish to maintain their elegant sense of self yet still promote their love of Visual-Kei, the classical designs of EXCENTRIQUE may be perfect for you! Incorporating corsets and simple, stylish silhouettes the conventional and chic creations and collections from EXCENTRIQUE are universally timeless and can be eloquently worn at any occasion. So when looking for a more mature distinguished look for your ensemble, look no further than EXCENTRIQUE.