If you only have time for one and only one store while passing through Tokyo. I mean, seriously, who only have time for one and only one store while passing through Tokyo, but you get my point, let’s say you do. Tokyu Hands, the self titled Creative Life Store. This Japanese department store carry so many things I don’t even know where to begin. The many floors display an extensive selection of high-quality functional items and unique articles; housewares and outdoor living, travel gear, fancy containers, Made in Japan exclusives, beauty products, tools, stationery, bags, convenient goods, anything you can think of to keep it organized, inspiration and the materials needed for your Do-It-Yourself projects and hobbies… Their vast selection cover a wide range of my obsession with the extension of thoughtful design in our daily life.
My love for magazines; graphic design, journalism, photography, themes, discovery, opinion, education, etc. keep me in loyal relationship with Monocle. With 10 issues plus two special editions published a year, an ongoing series of travel guide and books on quality of life, podcasts and films, the Monocle brand is nothing less than editorial excellence in my opinion. It's always well designed, clever and over filled with intelligent information. Additionally, they're also offering a line of high quality products produced in collaboration with distinctive and world renowned brands, which can be found at one of their expanding retail network in New York, London, Toronto, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Plus cafés in Tokyo and London.
Paper-Oh is an unconventional brand of notebook who’s continuously pushing forward the art of bookbinding by combining sophisticated technique and passionate imagination. All notebooks use 100% natural uncoated paper sourced from sustainable forests and are Smyth sewn with minimal glue. Buco is a one season only limited edition from the company. This minimalist design features a peek hole, an horizontal elastic closure and color lined page edges.
En Route is the new select store and concept brand from fashion powerhouse United Arrows. It’s about running and walking around Tokyo. Biking, Yoga… What about brunching? It’s active life with a very high end twist.
Hiroshi Fujiwara’s new concept store is located in the basement parking garage of the Sony Building in Tokyo, Japan.
The PARK-ing is a unique shopping experience and include some of Japan’s hottest brands. Distinctive collaborations and specially curated in-house products, including an eclectic choice of brands such as Nike, Puebco or retaW. Denim By is a collaboration between, Fujiwara’s design studio, Fragment and Shibuya based brand, Vanquish. And Poggy’s box represent the vision of United Arrows and Sons Creative Director, Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi.
The bare-bones space has a genuine raw feeling and is designed by Nobuo Araki, the architect already responsible for Fujiwara’s previous retail project; the POOL Aoyama.
Before entering down the basement, there’s a Bonjour Records pop-up store and Cafe de Rope serves artisanal coffee.