it's not just tokyo where fashion flourishes and is appreciated. it's all over japan, and fukuoka is one of those places which is showing more and more prominence when it comes to high-end retail. an important commercial and trading hub in southern japan, it's an affluent city where life is good, and shopping is getting even better. we're talking the arrival of maison margiela and its new boutique inside iwataya, fukuoka's leading department store and a fixture in the local retail landscape for the past seven decades. it's a full-fledged boutique, situated on the third floor of the department store's so-called new building, and boasts maison margiela's signature all-white aesthetic. although not as imaginitvely captured as in the brand's bigger flagship stores around the world, the design contains plenty of surreal classic elements that make it stand out from other plush settings within iwataya, but it's the futuristic grid of tubular lights that gives it a distinct modern edge. the new maison margiela store carries the brand's women's ready-to-wear, accessories, leather goods, shoes and fragrances. location: iwataya, 2-5-35 tenjin, new building, third floor [daimyo].