Dec 18, 2012

Acne Studios opens house in Japan

They are two cities separated by more than 8,000 km. But despite the geographical distance, a little piece of Stockholm arrived last week in Tokyo — in the form of Asia’s first Acne store. The cult Swedish brand, famous for its high-quality jeans and ...

Signed, sealed and delivered: Paul Smith's stamp collection

May 3, 2012

Signed, sealed and delivered: Paul Smith's stamp collection

His creations are more commonly found paraded on fashion catwalks or on hangers in boutiques around the world. However, the British designer Sir Paul Smith is not a man to be confined by genre, as reflected in his latest creative endeavor — a collection ...

Dover Street Market Ginza: a bazaar concept

Mar 27, 2012

Dover Street Market Ginza: a bazaar concept

Twisting white poles. Wooden tree sculptures. Metal cages. Giant insects. And yes, an elephant. This may not sound like the standard decor of a fashion shop, particularly in the upmarket Ginza district of Tokyo. But Dover Street Market, the concept store created by Comme ...

Tsutaya's newest media center suits silver market to a T

Jan 31, 2012

Tsutaya's newest media center suits silver market to a T

To many Japanese, the name “Tsutaya” will bring to mind one very clear image: neon lights, blue-and-yellow signage, bestselling J-pop albums and late-night DVD rentals. So it may come as a surprise to some to learn that Japan’s biggest music, book and video outlet ...

Dressed to impress Tokyo's art crowd

Nov 24, 2011

Dressed to impress Tokyo's art crowd

A life-size bucking brown horse, pieced together from old leather jackets. A loom operated by a Noah’s Ark collection of polar bears, birds and other beasts. A fashion boutique till that scans barcodes to create a cacophony of musical sounds. Hearing the words “fashion” ...

PS: 'I love Japan.' And Japan loves Paul Smith, it seems

Oct 30, 2011

PS: 'I love Japan.' And Japan loves Paul Smith, it seems

“Hold on,” says the British designer who launched a thousand stripes, reaching awkwardly into the back of the crisp white shirt he is wearing. “Sorry, I don’t have a business card but you can see my name written on the label — Paul Smith.” ...

Massage away the blues with sensory therapy

Jan 6, 2011

Massage away the blues with sensory therapy

A pot of tea brews next to a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table. Three flying porcelain ducks hang on the wall. A pile of books sits on the shelf. And somewhere in the distance, the sound of bird song mingles with the ...

Dec 9, 2010

Marc Jacobs' flagship sets Tokyo aglow

Deftly dodging a stream of cars, taxis and bicycles, Stephan Jaklitsch stands in the middle of a narrow road in Tokyo’s Aoyama district. In less than 24 hours, the architect will “unwrap” the paper covering the glass walls of the building before him to ...

Modern design aesthetics enhance traditional Kyoto

Dec 3, 2010

Modern design aesthetics enhance traditional Kyoto

Gray corridors, strip lighting, scratched desks and bland canteens: Schools are not generally renowned for the finesse of their decor. With a universal motto of “function over design” classrooms have never been renowned for their beauty and style. So it is perhaps a surprise ...