london: nudie jeans repair shop opening

© nudie jeans

the second nudie jeans repair shop in london has just become a fact, and not surprisingly it opened  in shoreditch, an area of town which has transformed into one of the city's most dynamic areas in terms of retail and hospitality. the store is situated on redchurch street, generally seen as the area's most desirable address for fashion brands. needless to say that gentrification is in full swing, and nudie jeans has secured a lofty 73 sqm. [780 sq.ft.] unit on the ground floor of a newly redeveloped stretch of real estate on this axis of style. it has been designed by the brand's in-house interior architecture team, and features an interior with the distinct minimalist-industrial hallmarks we've come to know.

a focal point of the store, similar to any nudie jeans repair shop across the planet, are the repair stations, and these are paired by a 3 meter steel-fabricated denim wall with a matching ladder on a track, situated directly opposite. flooring made of reclaimed victorian pine and vintage furniture pieces from post-1930s era not only adds further patina to the retail setting, but also a homey touch. a playful hit of swedish art is represented with a nudie jeans raven-shaped puppet created by artist maline nordin holding open the door. the new nudie jeans repair shop carries the brand's full range of men's and women's denim. location: 19-29 redchurch street, unit 3 [shoreditch].

© nudie jeans

mexico city: la metropolitana pop-up store

© la metropolitana

founded by rodrigo escobedo, alejandro gutiérrez and mauricio guerrero, an entrepreneurial trio from mexico city whose expertise is firmly rooted in design, la metropolitana is a joint effort which focuses on developing design projects in interior design, furniture design, architecture and graphic design. as part of a new wave of young mexican creatives and a flourishing local scene, they aim to make their mark with a distinct vision and approach. and their efforts haven't exactly gone unnoticed as la metropolitana's nomination by london's design museum for the designs of the year award 2015 proves.

and now, it's is raising its profile on home turf by setting up a pop-up store in colonia roma, a swanky neighbourhood of the mexican capital. the temporary venue occupies a space within a restored and stunningly redeveloped townhouse on tree-lined calle córdoba, and which is now home to a cluster of creative businesses and lofty apartments. situated in the basement area, featuring a raw setting of bare red bricks and concrete flooring, la metropolitana's pop-up store features an exemplary selection of furniture pieces, ranging from chair and tables, to shelving and other designs. the pop-up store remains operational for an indefinite period of time. location: calle córdoba 125 [colonia roma].

© la metropolitana

paris: easy laundry

© merci

its distinctive vision and exceptional range of offerings have made merci a favourite destination for discerning shoppers from across the planet. heralding the arrival of the spring season, the concept store has launched easy laundry, a new in-store theme with a very compatible installation of 24 stacked washing machines courtesy of samsung. the theme references – or should we say emphasizes? – the season's domestic connotations of cleanliness and lightness, but all in a very merci way. to achieve this state of bliss the store not only presents its clientele with a curated selection of nifty home appliances by the aforementioned electronics giant, swish home utensils, and a number of organic soaps, stain removers and bleaches, but also a diverse batch of fresh style propositions in white [on through apr 26]. location: 111 boulevard beaumarchais [marais].

© merci

hong kong: château zoobeetle store opening

© château zoobeetle

launched in 2012 in paris as a leather goods and accessories line by elsa lepeu and johanna el iman – two sisters with a background in the luxury industry  zoobeetle's operations were later on reinforced by a third member, junior parado, and eventually relocated to hong kong. their joint effort continues to blossom, resulting not only in a growing collection of contemporary bags, small leather goods and accessories, but also a growing number of collaborative items with other brands, and now also a new store of their own. called château zoobeetle, it's situated in hong kong's sheung wan area, and set up as a one-stop shop for design aficionados and anyone appreciative of well-made products alike.

the store occupies two floors of a non-descript building, yet stands out through a chic façade of moulded black panels and gold lettering. measuring 1,400 sq.ft. [130 sqm.] spread over two floors, the interior by design agency substance is an extrapolation of the façade's clean style, and features a similar mouldings that adds a light classic touch. upon entering château zoobeetle, the first thing shoppers come across a well-stocked bar with detailing in shiny brass. giving away the proprietors' french roots is the fact that it's filled with fine wines, poured during special wining tastings, one of the store's activities.

the clean aesthetic extends upstairs, featuring the same wooden shelving, but supplemented by modular displays and a cutesy seating arrangement with vintage sofas by the window. château zoobeetle obviously stocks the full range of zoobeetle's products, but also a curated assortment of men's and women's apparel, shoes and accessories, in addition to eyewear, luggage pieces and cosmetics. obviously, the store's brand list is a diverse one, and lists coveted, predominantly french brands, such as cuisse de grenouille, mr. boho, amish boyish, apologie and pétronie et boniface. location: 38 sai street [sheung wan].

© château zoobeetle

fukuoka: super y-3 photographed by leslie kee

© leslie kee

originally from singapore, photographer leslie kee's obsession with japanese culture lured him to the land of the rising sun where he eventually managed to establish himself in the highly competitve fields of fashion, music and advertising with his dynamic style. one of kee's latest projects is shooting fashion brand y-3's s/s 2015 collection with japanese rock guitarist miyavi and gay dance sensation ayabambi a.k.a. aya sato and bambi, and all under the supervision of its creative director yohji yamamoto. always a happy snapper, kee continued to shoot pictures off-set and these are now to be exhibited at the y-3 store in fukuoka. entitled super y-3 photographed by leslie kee, the show opens sat - apr 18 [6pm-8pm] in attendance of kee himself, and will feature official photos from the series, as well as shots that didn't make the cut, and perhaps more interestingly, a selection of backstage photographs. shoppers who stop by the y-3 store and splurge over jpy 21,600 on goods receive a specially designed tote bag [as long as stock lasts]. location: daimyo II building, 1-13-9 daimyo, ground floor [daimyo].

© leslie kee

tokyo: 221restir store opening

© restir

just watching the pace at which tokyo's retail landscape continuously evolves leaves you breathless. it's fair to say that shopping here is a form of escapism – and a refined one at that – from the daily grind. and if you add the innate sense of aesthetics and love for top-notch quality, it's hardly surprising the city is dotted with so many quirky, cool and highly sophisticated store concepts. the sprawling harajuku maze is a fertile habitat for glittering flagships of the planet's leading luxury brands, chain stores and indie boutiques, and there's so much activity that the retail landscape can potentially change overnight. just off cat street, a busy pedestrian trail lined with standalone boutiques, a new shopping complex recently opened named six harajuku terrace. it consists of two low-rise buildings laid around a central terrace, and its the home of six new fashion and lifestyle boutiques.

following openings in tokyo's roppongi area and one in osaka, it's right here at six harajuku terrace where japanese high-end retailer restir pushes its retail concept 221restir further into the limelight. the store occupies two light-filled floors within the complex, featuring a contemporary interior that's defined by a minimalist interior of shelving in sleek black steel, chunky furnishings, and of course, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. the 221restir boutiques serve a younger demographic than the regular restir stores and their offerings are more in sync with current street trends. the new 221restir store accordingly carries select men's and women's merchandise from japan and abroad that suits their taste. currently in stock are jewellery pieces by yazbukey, house of holland t-shirts, leo bags and shoes, and men's apparel by white mountaineering and women's collections by facetasmlocation: harajuku six terrace, 5-16-13 jingumae [harajuku].

© restir

paris: #soundofparis

© nik hartley - jerry bouthier

remember we talked about design hostel generator operators newly opened property in paris in previous post? the chain is known for being connected to local urban culture, and so generator launched #soundofparis. it's a competition that would not only give budding talent, be it musicians, music producers or deejays, the opportunity to step into the limelight, but also win cash prizes, and perhaps more importantly, a one-to-one studio session with maison kitsuné icon and dj jerry bouthier and a gig at the #soundofparis party. well, the cards have been drawn a little while ago and the winners announced, so fast forward to thu - apr 16 [9pm-late] for the aformentioned party. it'll feature sets by the contest winners and monsieur jerry bouthier himself, and it's all happening at generator's fancy new outpost in the city of light. needless to say the event doubles as the design hostel's official opening party. see you on the dance floor, peeps! location: generator, 9-11 place du colonel fabien [canal st.-martin].

rotterdam: gorilli store opening

© gorilli

fostering urban culture lifestyle through tightly edited offerings, the gorilli store has been nothing less than a wayfarer in rotterdam's retail scene. having garnered a sizeable following well beyond the city limits, gorilli closed down its original store late last year, only to resurface at a very prominent downtown location in a tweaked retail format. anticipating eroding borders within the global lifestyle segment and the dramatically increased mobility of today's shoppers, gorilli accommodates its clients with a new shopping environment and matching services. the store formula has been given a reboot as well, focusing solely on a concise set of forward brands that continuously raise the bar. the new shop interior is crafted entirely from hardboard panels and matched with an existing tiled floor, and allows the merchandise to pop.

an entire wall features sneakers presented on shelving while opposite apparel and other lifestyle items are presented in rows of displays in the same material. a line of flourescent tube lighting meanders across the premises and loosely references the previous store location. the gorilli's brand list is an interesting mix of high-end labels and street-cred merchandise, and there'll be a wider choice in footwear. currently on the brand list are coveted names such as comme des garçons, clae, maison margiela, gram and moschino. lacking the traditional sales counter, payments are processed via an ipad and receipts are forwarded by e-mail. another novelty is storage of your purchase, allowing you to roam freely across town for some more splurging, and a forwarding service. location: korte lijnbaan 20 [centrum].

© gorilli

shanghai: welcome to diesel world

© diesel

diesel has made a big media splash in shanghai. to celebrate the opening of shanghai international fashion showcase, the italian fashion brand headed out east for an unprecedented brand showcase. held at shanghai exhibition center, an immersive exhibition is presented which narrates the brand’s 37 years of history and its vision for the future as created by nicola formichetti, its new artistic director. entitled welcome to diesel world, the showcase fuses reality and digital into an entertaining and interactive environment in which diverse product sections, ranging from denim pieces and diesel black gold items, shoes and bags, to eyewear, fragrances and diesel living products, present diesel’s italian roots and its journey to becoming the successful international lifestyle brand that it is today.

mind you, selected pieces have been reworked and customized especially for the event into unique objects by formichetti himself and the diesel style office. additionally, a special fashion performance was held – featuring both professional models and people who had been scouted on the streets of shanghai, beijing and other major chinese cities – and this was followed by a gig by singer and teen icon momo wu. obviously, the opening was a big spectacle, attended by formichetti, and even diesel's big boss renzo rosso had flew into town to mingle with the large contingent of chinese celebs and other opening party guests. location: shanghai exhibition center, friendship hall, 1333 nanjing xi lu [nanjing xi lu].

© diesel

bangkok: beams store opening

© beams

one and half years ago leading japanese retailer beams tested the water with a pop-up store, and evidently bangkok's demographic of upward-moving young consumers liked what they saw. well, how could they not? beams has now returned to the thai capital to set up shop permanently, and it does so at the city's newest hub of leading lifestyle brands, the multi-storey emquartier mall. it's the japanese retailer's very first standalone store in southeast asia, and we have the impression it'll serve as a blueprint for rapid expansion across the region in the coming years. aiming for a broad client base, the store occupies a ground floor unit of approx. 170 sqm. [1,830 sq.ft.] and boasts an interior design that's less outspoken than that of beams' stores across japan, featuring different settings captured in white and beige, and accentuated by furniture pieces in dark wood. the new store carries is curated selection from beams' many collections, and includes men's and women's casual apparel, shoes and accessories. location: emquartier, 693 thanon sukhumvit, shop 1a-09/10 [sukhumvit].

© beams