Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Aug 2, 2016

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

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Colorful and cluttered, the office bursts with paraphernalia, from stacked bicycles and piles of books on designer chairs to an apple-green iMac, a futuristic record player and a red Snoopy phone on the rosewood desk. This is, of course, no ordinary office — it’s ...

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

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There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views ...

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

| Jul 9, 2016

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

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Vintage graduation CEO Tobe Naoaki’s boutique Grimoire has been responsible for so many important fashion moments in Tokyo’s recent fashion history. Even those who have never wandered into its loving re-imagining of turn-of-the-century European fairy-tale style will have most likely seen one of its ...

Latest luxury timepieces introduced in Japan

| Jun 23, 2016

Latest luxury timepieces introduced in Japan

Misuzu Corp., a trading company that deals mainly in watches, has recently starting selling six new brands — Union Horlogere, Jaermann & Stubi, Catorex, Rochas, Dici and Candy Time — in Japan, the company and watchmakers announced on June 10. Misuzu, which also operates ...

Our picks from Salone del Mobile Milano 2016

| Apr 30, 2016

Our picks from Salone del Mobile Milano 2016

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As always, Japan was well-represented at Salone del Mobile Milano last month, with Sou Fujimoto creating a forest of spotlights for clothing retailer H&M’s COS brand, Panasonic’s “Kukan — The Invention of Space” installation, as well as separate exhibitions, including the Experimental Creations showcase ...