amsterdam: san george restaurant opening

© café george / photography: katja gatkowska

when café george launched its first establishment along a scenic canal in downtown amsterdam a few years back, it was the very foundation of a hospitality network that continues to expand to this day. maintaining a hybrid cosmopolitan concept which pairs american-style comfort food and other classic dishes with the setting and atmosphere of many renowned brasseries of paris, it helped raise the bar in casual dining in the dutch capital. café george dining venues have sprung up across town and beyond, gaining a loyal following at every location. for its eighth venue, called san george and situated along one of the city's bustling thoroughfares, the popular dining chain has upped the ante.

behold an italian diner that leisurely evokes the insouciant, glamour-infused days of la dolce vitathe restaurant occupies a circular-shaped gound floor extension of a listed structure built in the style of the so-called amsterdam school. local architecture practice framework and longtime collaborator faced the challenge to fuse the austerity of the building's original elements with the sophisticated decorum that was obviously envisioned. a signature element in all of café george's restaurants is lots of tiled surfaces – perdominantly glazed, we should add – and although it's a tried trick, it's pulled off with a far more glamourous twist.

upon entering the premises, guests encounter what arguably is the restaurant's coziest spot, featuring a luxurious curved leather sofa in sexy cobalt blue paired with several tables and chairs. directly opposite the bar is situated, replete with stools and all dipped in a similar hue. just behind the bare concrete pillars, a clever subtle reference of the building's calvinist legacy, lies the main dining section with two rows of seating arrangements. just a tad more formal, the elongated benches and matching sofas are clad in a velvety green fabric. special attention has been given to san george's light fixtures, most notably the sleek wall lamps that correspond directly with shiny accents found throughout the interior. 

the setting is framed meandering, black + white tiles on the floor, and square-moulded ones up on the ceiling. as said, the fare is distinctly italian, featuring an all-day menu of tasty dishes, ranging from classic antipasti and other specialty bites, to variations of pizza and pasta, and sumptuous meat dishes and seafood. and don't skip dessert, it's not only lovingly made, and as such very much part of san george's dining experience. location: stadhouderskade 7 [oud west].

© café george / photography: katja gatkowska

fukuoka: maison margiela store opening

© maison margiela

it's not just tokyo where fashion flourishes and is appreciated. it's all over japan, and fukuoka is one of those places which 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].

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melbourne: christian louboutin store opening

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christian louboutin's red sole trophies have been available at select stores across down under for quite some time. the luxury cobbler has had his own boutique in sydney since 2010, but with luxury sales steadily increasing in this part of the world, expansion to melbourne seemed the logical next step. so, last week saw the opening of the cobbler's boutique on – yes, where else? – the city's prime luxury shopping strip that is collins street. situated on the ground floor of a historic 19th-century building with triple storey terraces by architect james gall, the retail space measures 70 sqm. [754 sq.ft.] and features a lavish interior designed by monsieur louboutin in collab with new york-based design practice 212box. although the setting includes signature elements, notably the pigeon hole display wall, the design concept features a number of site-specific elements and furnishings as well. the new christian louboutin boutique carries both the women's and men's collections of shoes, bags and small leather goods. location: 88 collins street [cbd].

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southampton [ny]: 3x1 store opening

© 3x1 / photography: eric striffler

as the beloved backyard of well-to-do manhattanites, the hamptons aren't exactly your average provincial resort. no, sir. the big apple's discerning way of life is present in many ways, and the related demand of goods and services can be so substantial that certain retailers have happily followed the trail to set up shop here for the season, or in some cases, establish a permanent presence. in the latter category falls new york-based luxury denim brand 3x1 which has just opened its second store in southampton's historic old town. similar to the flagship store in the heart of soho, the 1,800 sq.ft. [167 sqm.] retail space is designed by creative director scott morrison. it features a clean whitewashed aesthetic, complete with an iconic denim wall that allows shoppers to select from the best denims from across the planet and place bespoke and custom orders. mind you, these are processed within a rush timeline to accommodate summer visitors who are in town for a short period of time. additionally, there'll be a curated selection of the brand’s ready-to-wear denim collections for both men and women. the new 3x1 boutique will also serve as a hub for featuring brand partnerships, collaborations, and showcasing people and brands that share the label’s commitment to quality and love of the creative process. location: 44a main street [downtown].

© 3x1 / photography: eric striffler

bangkok: céline store opening

© céline / photography: wison tungthunya

with the recent opening of two prestigious high-profile malls, you could say that bangkok's luxury retail scene is on a roll again. the volatile political situation hasn't proven to be detrimental to its position as one of southeast asia's top destinations, and tourists – notably the brand-obsessed chinese – have returned in full force to snap up as much trophies as they can. anticipating a staggering growth, céline has expanded its presence in the thai capital with a second boutique at emquartier, one of the two aforementioned malls – it's in fact part of a clustered mall project called emdistrict – that have instantly established themselves as premium shopping hubs, replete with all the prerequisite brands that come with it. the high-end brands huddle together on the mall's so-called m floor, and it's here where céline has set up shop.

although featuring the fashion house's new retail aesthetic, the design is not as distinct as the new boutiques in londonparis or new york. the use of natural stone, one of the key elements, is limited to a patch of wall near the entrance and a number of displays. a sculptural concrete bench, place upon a lawn-mimicking carpet commands immediate attention, as does the beautifully designed floor lamp, designed by creative director phoebe philo in collab with danish artist thomas poulsen a.k.a. fos. the new céline store is split in two sections, the front showcases bags, accessories and shoes, while a secluded area with a seating arrangement in the back of the store features the latest ready-to-wear collection. location: emquartier, 693 thanon sukhumvit, shop ma07 [sukhumvit].

© céline / photography: wison tungthunya

berlin: schwarzhogerzeil store opening

© schwarzhogerzeil / photography: ludger paffrath

the two schwarzhogerzeil boutiques have rightfully ruled the retail landscape of berlin's mitte district for a long, long time. set up by nicole hogerzeil, a visionary retailer who first introduced a slew of brands to the city's fashion-obsessed. still on top of her game, she has taken the next big step by decamping a few blocks away and fuse her retail operations into a single store. at 150 sqm. [1,615 sq.ft.] the new schwarzhogerzeil isn't only bigger and better, but also signal's an even more quality-driven trajectory, one that allows a better presentation of hogerzeil's favourite brands. needless to say a fitting decor was required for this bold venture, and with happy memories of a previous collab, interior designer sylvester koziolek was once again enlisted to do the job.

extrapolating the stylish settings of the previous shops, koziolek designed all furnishings and light fixtures. inspired by the quirky flair of leading french designers such as jean prouvé, le corbusier and charlotte perriand, each piece has an elegant quality and statement value at the same time. the backdrop is subdued, but still with a subtle architectural flair to it, and save an expansive 14-meter long mural, it allows the exquisite furnishings to shine. the result is a sophisticated gallery-like space, where the women's apparel pieces, shoes, accessories and fragrances are blended into the artful settings, and thus elevating the shopping experience from the ordinary. that can also be said of schwarzhogerzeil's current brand list, featuring a quirky mix of coveted brands such as cédric charlier, common projects, dries van noten, maria candida gentile and perret schaadlocation: torstrasse 173 [mitte].

© schwarzhogerzeil / photography: ludger paffrath

melbourne: melbourne arts club opening

© melbourne arts club

the predictable face of suburbia is changing, at least in melbourne's preston neighbourhood. situated a few kilometers north of the cbd grid, the area hasn't exactly been void of things to see and do, but it lacked something substantial that would lure the inner city crowd to its doorstep. well, that was yesterday. j forsyth and julia howland are two avid art aficionados with a keen eye for subcultural excellence and ditto fun of just about any kind. the doors of their newly opened melbourne arts club, a three-dimensional extrapolation of a culture blog founded in 2012, have swung open to the joy of a sizeable demographic of like-minded melburnians. it's a temporary venue, occupying an expansive empty retail space which will knocked down and used for a new block of apartments by the end of next year.

as said, melbourne arts club keeps a finger on the city's artistic pulse, but it also accommodates good day rentals, a furniture rental company run by forsyth's beloved sister. nepotism? given the fact that the two have created a corresponding studio + shared work space available to creatives and freelancers, we'd say it's a rather brilliant joint effort. the aim clearly is to create a vibe of cross-pollination that generates more good creative stuff at the venue. the setting at melbourne arts club, designed by architect aaron hughes, is intentionally low-key, pairing elements of the existing interior with an ingenious configuration of wooden pallets. the rental work space is furnished with simple desks and vintage chairs, and further decorated with homey artworks and objects. location: 1/176-180 high street [preston]. 

© melbourne arts club

oslo: nudie jeans repair shop opening

© nudie jeans

although originally from sweden, nudie jeans is as much a household name in neighbouring norway. and so much so, that the denim brand decided to open up shop in the country's capital oslo. a full-fledged nudie jeans repair shop, it's situated in frogner, an emerging area of town where the city's young and fashion-forward increasingly love to shop and unwind. occupying a 60 sqm. [646 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of a traditional 19th-century building, the store has been designed by nudie jeans' very own design team and blends the brand's signature aesthetic with the building's original elements. the focal point of the setting are the two repair stations right next to the entrance, and the activities deployed here are bound to have a beckoning effect to passers-by.

a collection of vintage and industrial furnishings, most notably a large-scale ceiling-high denim wall made from two conjoined merchant desks, are framed by classic herringbone parquet flooring and a contrasting ceiling in a matte black hue. adding a storied element to the place is the eclectic backdrop of differently textured walls, while repurposed 18 oz. japanese selvedge as cabinet surface and leather cutting left-over used as notice boards emphasize the brand's aim to reuse materials as much as possible. the new nudie jeans repair shop carries the brand's full range of premium denim offerings. location: grønnegata 1 [frogner].

© nudie jeans

london: other/man x tripl stitched

london: other/man x tripl stitched

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thinking of england can be handy in many of lifes predicaments, but especially so when tailoring is concerned. and london is particularly synonomous with old world, traditional garmentry - not to mention new world, hybrid design. a clash of cultures in a nation that has solidified many formative movements in the history of modern fashion. so when one of our favourite forward british mens brands other/man join forces with classically inclined shirt experts tripl stitched you can be sure that only good things will happen. known for their dedication to reviving bygone production methods, tripl stitched have been sourcing, restoring and remodelling vintage sewing machines for a decade now and at long last, have started using them. while the antique machines may not produce as quickly as their modern counterparts, the finish they deliver is well worth the wait. as a keen supporter of new brands, other/man often look to work with like minded craftspeople that have an appetite for fine detail. and with a strong leaning toward british manufacturing, both brands have fused together their first collection of collaborative collars. six minimal shirt styles so far, and more to come.

the partnership blends signature characteristics of fabrics, silhouettes and refined detailing from both brands and will continue as an ongoing component of other/man collections. with distinctive tripl stitched x other/man branding, the shirts themselves are crafted from 100% cotton with an unwashed, pristine fabric, a tripl stitched signature. the bodies are cut with a looser silhouette, extended tail, a bluff edge collar, cuff and a concealed button-down detail. add to that classic contrast triple stitching in a variety of globally sourced fabrics, and you've got an instant set of shirting staples. the aesthetic is minimal and serene, and the designs are intended to be layered over tee shirts or buttoned and tucked in for the more sartorial type. and for all their artisinal features, the shirts are reasonably priced at £125 [$195] and will be available at other/shop's brick and mortar [21 kingly street, london W1B 5QA] or online from mid may 2015. in addition, other/man are kindly offering superfuture readers 20% off any online purchase using code SUPERFUTURE20 at checkout. our keyboards are already clacking!

fukuoka: aesop store opening

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following a string of consecutive openings in tokyo, kyoto and osaka, australian cosmetics brand aesop sets up shop in fukuoka. the southern japanese city has historically been an important place for international trade, spawning an open-mindedness among locals that – and we're pretty sure about that – boosts an above average interest in nifty products. for its first location in the city, aesop picked amu plaza hakata, a prominent shopping mall embedded in the massive hakata railway station building. tucked away on the sixth floor, the store features an interior created by architect shinichiro ogata of tokyo-based archtecture practice simplicity.

the aesthetic is inspired by the hakata neighbourhood’s heritage as a base for diplomacy and trade, and its stature to this day as an international commercial hub. walls are in a subtly shimmering golden hue, and reference the city’s splendour and prosperity of a bygone era. an assemblage of architectonically stacked timber boxes references the trading culture, and appears as if a historic tableau; and the setting is complemented by discreet, streamlined lighting. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: amu plaza hakata, hakataekichuogai 1-1, 6th floor [hakata].

© aesop