Does anyone else remember losing hours, days, weeks to championship manager during their teens? And not the newfangled versions, I’m on about the old format circa 2001/2002 season when if you snapped up Tonton Zola Moukoko from Derby’s youth team he’d go on to cut through defences like a hot knife through butter, which is strange because in reality he turned out to be a bit shit. There is a point on its way here.
It was bloody addictive though, and since growing up and getting a real job (which would have never happened if I’d kept playing it) regretfully there’s now little time to indulge in fantasy football. Instead, it appears the gaping hole that champ man left behind is rapidly being replaced by Instagram.
It’s dead good isn’t it, and as equally addictive. Like most social media platforms it of course depends on who you’re following. I mean if your trawling pictures of split-arses like Justin Bieber all day then clearly you’re a twat and have never played championship manager, but aside from that it’s a great tool for keeping up to date with independent menswear gubbins. One such page I’ve recently stumbled upon is ‘Suntrap Tokyo’, a vintage outfitters based in Suginami, in yep you’ve guessed it, Tokyo.
Now I don’t know the first thing about this lot apart from the fact they stock a boat load of Post O’alls, which is good enough for me. Their website is basic, but judging by the photos their physical shop most certainly isn’t. Think an Aladdin’s cave of new/pre-worn vintage Americana and memorabilia that would probably require a visit to do it justice.
The website is in Japanese, so if it’s not your native tongue then don’t be a divvy and use google translate. They ship around the world and by the looks of it when ordering you must complete a form on their website with your name, contact number, and the name/code of the product you’re after. They’ll then get back to you via email, let you know a bit about the sizing of the item and whether it’s in stock. They’ll then reserve it for you, and you pay them via Paypal. All a bit arse about tit, but you could argue that just adds to the charm of the place.
My recommendation though, if you’re in Suginami get yourself in the shop for a mooch. Until then, they’re on Instagram.