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.
Nobody does retail like Japan. Nobody.
The Seilin Co.’s flagship store is an inspiring store that feels like a small house all made out of wood; floor, wall, ceiling. The deemed lighting and smell of incense burning add to the already warm environment. It’s jam packed with tees, jeans, shirts and other great accessories.
Limited edition polo shirts from Fred Perry Tokyo
One of the several flagship stores from Japanese brand Hysteric glamour, created by artist Nobuhiko Kitamura.
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.