No curtain call for this duo

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Jan 12, 2007

No curtain call for this duo

by Martin Webb

The world of fashion is no stranger to an excess of marketing hype surrounding creations with a singular lack of substance, and Tokyo is no exception. Now Theatre Products, a prime example of a fashion brand that is talking loud but not saying very much, ...

Sitting on the dock of the bay

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Dec 8, 2006

Sitting on the dock of the bay

by Martin Webb

Occupying a space comparable to that of Tokyo Dome, the newly opened Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu is officially Tokyo's largest shopping mall. Constructed on the site of a former dock on Tokyo Bay, the massive complex covers about 10 hectares and houses 190 stores, eateries ...

Gucci hits Ginza

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Nov 10, 2006

Gucci hits Ginza

by Martin Webb

Gucci's new home in Tokyo is the first store built specifically to house the Italian superbrand. Last week, Gucci opened the doors of an eight-story glass-and-steel flagship store in Ginza. Incorporating four floors of retail space, a cafe and a gallery, as well as ...

Bringing it all back home

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Oct 13, 2006

Bringing it all back home

by Martin Webb

Meguro-dori, the street that runs west from Meguro Station, was once home to numerous imported-car showrooms, and not much else. Over the past few years though, it has gained fame as Tokyo's No. 1 interior shopping drag, lined with around 50 stores selling new ...

Dover Street shop storms into Tokyo

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Sep 8, 2006

Dover Street shop storms into Tokyo

by Martin Webb

When it comes to revolutionary retail concept stores in Japan, there's no getting away from Tokyo's Aoyama district. That area's latest major opening comes from none other than Japan's epoch-making fashion house Comme des Garcons. For the benefit of the fashion unsavvy, Comme, as ...

Getting the write stuff

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Jun 30, 2006

Getting the write stuff

by Martin Webb

Beyond scribbled shopping lists and jotted memos, putting pen to paper is increasingly rare in this age of electronic communications. But that only serves to enhance the delight of discovering a hand-addressed envelope on the doormat. While sending a signed and sealed missive is ...

Knight expands fashion empire

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Apr 14, 2006

Knight expands fashion empire

by Martin Webb

Eccentric British fashion designer Paul Smith is currently presiding over a rollout of stores across the globe. Following on from the December 2005 opening of a bubblegum-pink store on Melrose Avenue, L.A., last week he was in Tokyo to unveil a four-story flagship in ...

Lauren gets his Tokyo landmark

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Mar 31, 2006

Lauren gets his Tokyo landmark

by Martin Webb

Omotesando, Tokyo's premier luxury brand boulevard, has recently been furnished with a string of ultramodern shrines to consumable design, crafted in concrete and steel and glass. That makes Ralph Lauren's vast whitewashed neoclassical monolith -- which opened yesterday -- seem even more like something ...

Parisian maverick targets Tokyo

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Mar 10, 2006

Parisian maverick targets Tokyo

by Martin Webb

"Fashion is everything," says Armand Hadida, owner of Parisian boutique chain L'Eclaireur. "It's how you wake up, how you walk, how you eat and, of course, how you dress." Hadida was in Tokyo for the opening of a store in the upscale Minami-Aoyama district. With ...

Tokyo's major drag . . . redefined

Style & Design | COUNTER CULTURE Feb 17, 2006

Tokyo's major drag . . . redefined

by Martin Webb

Labeled the Champs Elysees of Tokyo, tree-lined "brand boulevard" Omotesando is one of Japan's most treasured strips. Acting as a conduit between the posh Aoyama district and youth mecca Harajuku, it houses a wealth of highly original retail experiences. The street is also a showcase ...