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With its tiered roof of interlocking clay tiles, latticed wooden exterior and exposed beams, the new Issey Miyake Kyoto flagship, located in the city’s Nakagyo area, is more than just a store; it’s a celebration of one of Kyoto’s best-known traditional structures — the machiya (merchant townhouse).

For Issey Miyake, famed for weaving together cutting-edge design with traditional Japanese values and craftsmanship, the 132-year-old machiya is the result of years of searching for the ideal space for its first stand-alone store in Kyoto, a city steeped in historical significance.

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