© nacása + partners inc. - the fancy new flagship on meiji dori
japanese fashion designer takeo kikuchi established his eponymous menswear label in 1984, and although the creative reign has been assumed by a new designer almost a decade ago, it has remained a highly popular brand. these days takeo kikuchi is a full-fledged lifestyle brand with a wide range of collections, and as such it felt the time was right to make a defining retail statement, one that would rival the increasing popularity and efficiency of the online shopping experience. well, we believe it exactly got what if bargained for from jo nagasaka of tokyo-based schemata architects. the new flagship store occupies an existing three-storey structure on bustling meiji dori in the shopping district of shibuya.
the building's glass façade has been given a modern makeover and this newly acquired transparency definitely adds up to the indoor aesthetics. expansive concrete and wooden floors are mirrored by ceilings with an abundance of meandering exposed pipes. boxy timber displays and shelving in different forms and sizes are placed in different configurations. the flagship's ground floor features takeo kikuchi's casual collections and one floor up the brand's formalwear is showcased while a special section accommodates an atelier. and not surprisingly for a flagship concept like this one, the top floor features a café where to unwind after you shopped till you dropped. location: 6-25-10 jingumae [shibuya].
© nacása + partners inc. - inside the store