tokyo: de bonne facture

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founded only two years ago by deborah neuberg, de bonne facture is a discerning menswear label for equally discerning gents. creating timeless wardrobe essentials in ateliers across france, the brand aims for quality craftsmanship with a distinct personal touch. since then the concept has evolved into a full men's collection of apparel pieces, accessories, leather ipad cases and ties, and these coveted items have found their way to a string of a-grade boutiques around the planet. and now, de bonne facture has embarked on another interesting style adventure, creating a sophisticated collection of cravattes, or ties, from refined japanese silk that's usually applied to make traditional kimonos. these limited edition designs will be presented at bloom & branch in aoyama, one of de bonne facture's upscale stockists and described in a previous post of ours, during a three-day showcase. the event opens at the aforementioned lifestyle concept store on thu - feb 5 [6pm-9pm] and continues during the two following days. location: bloom & branch, 101 dai-ichi kuyo building, 5-10-5 minami aoyama [aoyama].

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amsterdam: andaz amsterdam

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situated along one of the city’s main canals, the andaz amsterdam is a beacon of contemporary design paired with five-star hospitality. concealed behind a modern façade of black bricks unfolds a marvel created by dutch designer marcel wanders, and one that’s in line with the boutique hotel brand’s aim to provide both leisure and business travelers an exceptional experience with a distinct local flavor. smack in the middle of the scenic canal district with its abundance of upscale boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, the 122-room property is both a tranquil retreat with all the perks of luxury hospitality, but at the same time very much in touch with the area’s happening buzz. staying in one of the guest rooms at andaz amsterdam comes with a frivolous indoctrination of dutch history through wanders’ evocative design.

meeting the requirements of today’s savvy traveler, the stylish pads provide complimentary snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, local phone calls and wifi. the hotel’s artistic aesthetic extends well across the premises, featuring various facilities with a unique setting. a visually arresting adventure kicks off right upon entering the lobby and the adjacently located andaz bar + lounge where guests and locals mingle over signature cocktails. also on the ground floor, refined palates have found a new place of culinary worship at the bluespoon restaurant + bar where chef julien piguet wows them with farm-to-table dishes. and should the good life be a tad too strenuous, a full-fledged spa is readily available for those in need of pampering, while those who require to break some sweat can check into the state-of-the-art fitness center on the premises. location: prinsengracht 587 [centrum].

 

 

 

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paris: y-3 a/w 2015 collection

© y-3 / photography: dominique charriau for getty images

the closer we got to the historic couvent de cordeliers, the more peeps we encountered solemnly clad in black and toting next generation sneakers. no, the venue of y-3's a/w 2015 collection could not easily be missed. the crowd, waiting diligently on the courtyard, killed time chatting and gawking at new arrivals and a bunch of lanky runway models who had sneaked out for a smoking break. the show was held in the convent's former dining hall, which had been transformed for the occasion in a matching minimalist setting in which only the robust limestone pillars hinted the building's historic age.

an energetic beat accompanied models in y-3's designs for next fall and winter, and once again it was a sleek mix and match of tech and sportswear. both men's and women's silhouettes were classic and tailored with peaked shoulders and cinched waists, and paired with a palette that was inspired by the royal air force: steel blue, dark navy and cool gray, sobriety ruled but in a cool understated manner. keeping fashion matters spicy, these shades were backed up by new interpretations of classic camouflage in bold graphic patterns, emphasizing anew y-3 and creative director yohji yamamoto's commitment to innovation.

the women's pieces comprised of a variety of shapes, colours, patterns, fabrics, and techniques, captured in both short jackets and long coats that showed yamamoto's signature penchant for dramatic volume. the men's designs showed similar characteristics, featuring tailored jackets, trench coats and blousons. an anchoring emphasis had been put on y-3's hugely successful footwear, and the collection showed a new range of must-have models in black and fancy new colour ways, all similarly inspired by the dynamics of aviation. shown here are six looks from y-3's ultra cool a/w 2015 collection that we particularly like.

© y-3 / photography: dominique charriau for getty images

melbourne: aesop store opening

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although aesop set up no less than nine signature stores in melbourne, it didn't have a presence yet at emporium, a newly opened downtown mall which has proved to be a magnet for the well-heeled. well, until now that is. the cosmetics brand struck a new and fruitful collab with kerstin thompson architects that resulted in yet another appealing shop. the prime material used is sustainably sourced spotted gum timber which has been used for the floors, shelving and the striking perforated screens that adorn both the shopfront and walls. these also function as folding doors, and filter light to provide a retreat from the brightly illuminated arcade outside. the store is sparsely furnished by two boxy units crafted from the same material: one being the sales counter, and the other incorporating a sink in and fossets in a matching shiny copper. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: emporium, 287 lonsdale street, shop 1-042 [cbd].

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paris: agnès b. a/w 2015 men's collection

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even before the show started, the scene right in front of agnès b.’s headquarters in the canal st.-martin district resembled a convivial gathering of old friends. the company’s staff greeted arriving guests, while these new arrivals hugged and kissed those who had just preceded them. once inside, the happy reunion continued with a festive glass of bubbly and salmon sandwiches. the catwalk show was packed to the guilds, and immediately started off with catchy soundtrack of french rock - yes, what else? - that spurred on the models to maintain an energetic strut. as always, these ambassadors of style had been carefully selected, and this time a platoon of fresh-faced chaps shared the runway with slightly, to somewhat older icons from the french capital's rich cultural scene. agnès b.'s a/w 2015 men's collection is an expansion of the brand's highly popular non-fashion approach to fashion, featuring classic silhouettes with an alternating contemporary or vintage edge. looks can easily be mixed and matched, also with items that hang in your closet, and we mean that in a good way! this is still agnès b. and the spirit of her line of garments still exudes playfulness, quirk, and yes, even a hint of of subversion. shown here are six look from agnès b.'s a/w 2015 men's collection that we particularly like.

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paris: maison kitsuné opening

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the kitsuné brand knows what genuine fun is, and it's no surprise a third store in paris will open its doors on sat - jan 31, right in the heart of pigalle, an area of town known for its buzzing nightlife. the shop is situated on the ground floor of a historic mid-19th century structure by french architect eugène viollet-le-duc. the popular music and fashion brand hired architects emiliano salci and britt moran of milan-based practice dimore studio to decorate the space and they came up with a playful design that subtly juxtaposes different styles and details. at 70 sqm. [754 sq.ft.] it's quite compact but the clever use of colours and textures, the practical configuration and simple yet highly effective lighting, all add spaciousness, albeit faux. a shimmer of luxe is injected by shiny aluminium which has been used to cover the ceiling, while it also lines doorways and specific wall sections. custom-made shelving lines the walls and furnishings come in tables made from stratified wood, and chairs are lavishly finished with amaranth fur. the new maison kitsuné store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's collections. location: 68 rue condorcet [pigalle].

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cape town: space minding

© ólafur elíasson / stevenson [cape town + johannesburg], neugerriemschneider [berlin], tanya bonakdar gallery [nyc] - mono scanner [2004]

following the opening of a much-publicized inauguration show of the glitzy fondation louis vuitton in paris, artist ólafur elíasson lands another prominent exhibition halfway across globe at stevenson's cape town gallery space. in his first ever show in south africa, entitled space minding, a group of works are presented that are all focused on light. the work mono scanner consists of a cylindrical fresnel lens, mounted horizontally on a rotating pedestal, and casting a single, narrow beam of light onto the floor, walls and ceiling of the room. as the lens rotates around the horizontal axis, the vertically oriented band of light sweeps slowly across the surfaces of the room, giving the impression that the band of light is emitted from the lens not as a disc but in the shape of the room’s rectangular cross-section.

a single rotation takes approximately one minute and 30 seconds. a second room features works from elíasson's polar fall fade series. each artefact consists of three coloured glass panes, supported on a wall rack, with a different elliptical cut-out in each pane. the overlapping ellipses create a variety of colour saturations and tones. they're hand-blown by artisans and possess visible bubbles and variations throughout. the works extend the artist’s interest in creating pigments and visual effects through the superimposition of coloured, transparent layers. visitor oscillate between viewing the piece head-on, gaining the complete colour spectrum of the combined panes, and from the side, revealing the depth and construction of the layers [on through feb 28]. location: buchanan building, 160 sir lowry road [woodstock].

© ólafur elíasson / stevenson [cape town + johannesburg], neugerriemschneider [berlin], tanya bonakdar gallery [nyc] - mono scanner [2004]

chengdu: muji flagship store opening

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it won't be long until chengdu ranks among china's top tier cities. the boomtown of 14 million inhabitants has steadily grown into an economic force to be reckoned with, and the increased affluence in the region has greatly influenced the its retail landscape. a slew of foreign brands have already found their way to chengdu's increasing number of malls or expand their presence. japanese retailer muji had established a few shops here, but recently added a colossal flagship store. situated in the jinjiang shopping and entertainment district, the new store measures 3,135 sqm. [33,725 sq.ft.] and is the company's largest establishment overseas. next to muji's coveted range of non-branded offerings, its flagship status comes with special sections and goods, such as café & meal muji, a diner serving with simple yet tasty and nutritious dishes, idee, muji's own line of designer furniture and homeware, and also found muji, a section which features a rotation of tightly edited and artisanal merchandise from around the planet. location: 19 daci si lu [jinjiang].

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paris: henrik vibskov a/w 2015 men's collection

© henrik vibskov / photography: hörður ellert ólafsson

the historic premises of espace des blancs manteaux in the marais district of paris formed the backdrop of the show of henrik vibskov's a/w 2015 men's collection. the catwalk initially featured a curtained off section, but as the show was about to kick off an intricately designed and very theatrical 20-meter long installation was revealed that not only referenced the collection's quirky subtitle messy massage class, but also emphasized the danish designer's penchant and talent for playful visual drama. for his latest collection vibskov incorporated impressions from the medical world and tweaked them into his usual off-beat mix of avant-garde and street style. the silhouettes bear his instantly recognizable signature, featuring experimental proportions and a new kind of masculinity. upper bodies are long and stretched, while trousers remain baggy, cropped and sometimes even cropped. and although this was a showcase of vibskov's men's collection, one or two women's outfits were shown that very much indicate a fashion-forward unisex quality of most of designs.

© henrik vibskov / photography: hörður ellert ólafsson

los angeles: the elder statesman store opening

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what was launched seven years ago as a wholesale business in custom blankets, greg chait has now turned into a luxury lifestyle brand. and the cherry on the cake - for now that is, as we're sure greater things lie ahead - is a new boutique that exemplifies the style and aesthetic of the elder statesman brand. occupying a converted bungalow in leafy west hollywood, the store measures 1,600 sq.ft. [149 sqm] and sits on an equally-sized yard. the setting, designed by los angeles-based practice commune, is very much a holistic extrapolation of the elder statesman's aesthetic of timeless design, pure materials and personality.

the structure has a roof clad in copper with skylights that allow in floods of daylight. inside, flooring, doors and windows are made of alder wood, subtly corresponding with exposed beams overhead. the wall and ceiling are dipped in a crisp white, giving the space a fresh look. a mix of custom-made furnishings - some with a vintage look - and carefully selected objects, give the store a distinct personal edge. this distinct sense of style extends out to the yard where it takes shape in a stone patio, landscaped with desert cacti and native greenery. the elder statesman carries the brand's full range of men's and women's apparel, accessories, kids items and things for your home. location: 607 north huntley drive [west hollywood].

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