kapok has come a long, long way. what was initially a single shop in hong kong - set up by paris transplant arnault castel - has grown into a directional pan-asian chain that has now planted a flag in tokyo's boutique-infested harajuku maze. the store occupies a 90 sqm. [969 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of modern low-rise structure, situated around the corner from highly popular cat street, and features a d.i.y. chic interior that's similar to other kapok stores. the shop façade is encased in glass that matches well with the low-key aesthetic. the front section has been given an industrial grey make-over that corresponds well with the exposed utility pipes that line the ceiling.
faux suspended staircases run along both windows and serve as whimsical shelving, backed up by a collection of displays in a matching hue. the back of the kapok store contrasts with a setting in plywood, captured in walls and flooring. kapok's offerings are manyfold and are marked by a timeless quality, ranging from men's + women's apparel items and bags, to sunglasses, watches and fragrances, all tightly curated. the new shop's brand list is elaborate, and carries a string of coveted names from asia and further beyond, including mismo, uniform wares, berayah, sandqvist and betina lou. location: 6-13-4 jingumae [harajuku].