when in los angeles, it's the best excuse to wander off the downtrodden shopping trails of beverly hills and west hollywood for. we're talking the webster's newly opened outpost in costa mesa. well-known in savvy fashion circles for razor-sharp women's and men's collections curated by owner laure hédiard-dubreuil, the store has picked a location at south coast plaza, a preferred destination for the area's well-heeled, to present its hailed mix of styles and brands. very similarly, the interior design is carefully balanced affair with homey touches, creating a sophisticated, salon-like atmosphere. furnishings comprise of both custom and antique furniture pieces by well-known designers from across the planet, including kazuhide takahama, nada debs and milo boughman. adding up to the sophisticated vibe are a number of carefully sourced artworks. as said, the webster is known for its collections, and the new boutique obviously honours that reputation, stocking both forward and niche brands such as off-white, proenza schouler, dior, olympia le-tan, and thom browne. location: south coast plaza, 3333 bristol street, shop 2889 [costa mesa].
yes indeed, denim never goes out of style. but still, each year levi’s vintage clothing dives into its vast archives to come up with even more options to choose from, recreating iconic items that capture the spirit and heritage of the brand. for this coming season, levi's vintage clothing gains a distinct artistic edge as it channels the revolution of american art in the mid-1940s, when abstract expressionism suddenly blossomed new york city and captivated post-world war II america. to celebrate this groundbreaking artistic wellspring, levi's vintage clothing presents a collection around the so-called 9th street exhibition, a landmark show from 1951 in downtown new york that redefined the contemporary avant-garde. each look of this levi’s vintage clothing look collection reimagines the exhibition and all those artists who showed their work there, including jackson pollock, willem de kooning and helen frankenthaler. mind you, some of the items come with surprisingly detailed paint splatter and distressing, shown here are three pieces form the collection that we particularly like.
following the launch of a temporary retail space at homebase new york city last may, newly established travel goods brand away has crossed the big pond to open a pop-up in london's happening shoreditch district. situated just off redchurch street, the neighbourhood's main shopping artery. the interior design is a collab with local creatve consultancy campbell-rey, and presents an eclectic retail setting that's fitting for both its innovative luggage line and a curated selection of compatible products from other emerging brands. each month, the shop will draw inspiration from a different travel destination – as the exotic tiles at the far end of the store clearly signal, this month it's sunny marrakesh – as well as partner with london-based companies, such as frame, farm girl, our/london, propercorn, qnola, and suitcase magazine, to host a program of events, workshops, and talks. the away pop-up store will be operational for the next three months. location: 9 club row [shoreditch].
monocle's new edition, already its 97th, is once again brimming with curated information for discerning urban dwellers, globetrotters, and anyone with a broad scope on life. the october issue presents a fashion special, full of news and advice for dapper grooming, and extends the theme into the business of fashion, offering sartorial and investment tips from the retail sector. the magazine's annual retail survey presents 20 examples of retail excellence, regeneration and entrepreneurial skill. in his observation, editor in chief tyler brûlé describes the confusion he felt when walking down a deserted shopping street in a major european city. while musing on the reasons why footfall was so scant he concludes that simple elements such as a lack of available shade and canopies above shop fronts could be the problem.
the issue cites examples of successful retail strategies in cities as far flung as portland, buenos aires and tokyo. on the brink of frieze art fair in london and the autumn season of intense art marketing, monocle turns its attention to the business of art. gallerist james danziger explains how to buy photographs: 'beware the icons. there’s a tendency to want to buy the best-known images but you will end up with a cookie-cutter collection.' meanwhile, patrizia sandretto offers advice on how to start a collection: 'don’t just purchase a decoration and never buy a name; buy a work.' artist jeff koons converses with his art dealer almine rech about their symbiotic relationship and deep friendship. the magazine also presents a progress report on 14 impressive mayors of cities around the planet, a profile of the dutch [and on why they're so incredibly tall] and various views on u.s. media as november’s presidential election approaches.
given its global presence, it's quite surprising that australian cosmetics brand aesop lacks stores of its own in neighbouring new zealand. but that was yesterday! the melbourne-based company has put up a flag in newmarket, a thriving neighbourhood in auckland that's widely considered one of the country's most coveted shopping areas. aesop secured a compact ground floor unit in a lowrise brick building on osborne street, and similarly to its other boutiques worldwide, the interior design, created by local architecture practice pattersons, takes cues from the neighbourhood's history and heritage, and in this case, it's the utilitarian feel of a traditional washroom from the early colonial era. exposed whitewashed bricks have been paired with recycled and newly lacquered rimu timber, covering both the floor and two walls. the furnishings comprise of beautifully crafted metal cabinets and shelving, a sales desk, and last but not least, aesop's prerequisite shop attribute, a concrete sink embedded in a metal framework. adding even more character to the retail space is a carefully sourced vintage chair. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 2-8 osborne street, shop 2 [newmarket].
the title novel without a name comes from a 1991 book by the vietnamese dissident writer duong thu huong , and the intimate life story of a vietnamese boy soldier in the so-called war against the americans from youthful fervour to total disillusionment. thai artist sutthirat supaparinya has appropriated the title for her own personal take on the 50th anniversary of the vietnam war, a milestone in america’s ascendancy in the indochina region – reflecting also how her home country became a bridgehead for u.s. policy in the region – and back again. a critical part of the story was general electric, once among the biggest foreign investors in thailand.
its presence in the country dates back to 1900s, when it began selling lightbulbs, but towards the end of the vietnam war those bulbs had morphed into massive networks bearing the message of consumer happiness and eternal becalmed democracy across the region, in the form of oil, gas and wind energy, indispensable white goods, military equipment, health technology and finance. in supaparinya's upcoming exhibition, opening at wtf gallery in bangkok on sat – oct 8 [7pm], the artist has conceptualised the idea of intangible power spreading across a region, and mesmerising its people with promises of a perpetually deferred future. on display are three mixed media art installations – collage, video, sound and objects – and all created in the course of this year. location: 7 sukhumvit soi 51 [sukhumvit].
since its inception in 1970, luxury retailer joyce hasn't only fostered many of today's leading luxury brands for hong kong's well-heeled, and along the way, it has also helped establish the city's reputation as one of asia's leading shopping destinations. for many years, the former british crown colony has banked successfully on the abundance of its luxury offerings and its proximity to what has now become the planet's largest luxury consumer market: china. but as the arrival numbers of affluent chinese are declining in favour of destinations such as seoul, tokyo and even neighbouring macau, retailers in hong kong are stepping up their efforts to increase their relevance to this important demographic from across the border.
for the renewal of its flagship at the glittering new world tower in central, joyce has pulled out all the stops, and we're pretty sure the redesigned premises will lure back quite a few swashbuckling shoppers. the company tapped paola navone to create contemporary settings for its merchandise, and the highly acclaimed milan-based designer has done so by deploying everyday materials in unusual ways. starting from the lower ground floor up, where the men's department is situated, the store adopts an eclectic concept that fuses a raw, industrial aesthetic with elements of sheer luxury.
as such, the palette is eclectic, including rough and smooth textures, luxurious and raw finishes, and both vintage furnishings and modern furnishings. the colour blue can be seen throughout the men's floor, shifting into an alluring sapphire blue in the men's v.i.p. room. the ground floor, where shoppers enter the premises, is a voluminous space filled with floods of daylight, and which boasts an unconventional set-up. one enters the women's floor by walking through the window display itself, passing under a curtain of 1960s inspired soft white tinsel. the quirkiness is evident throughout the store, and has resulted in adventurous settings not commonly paired with luxury goods, most notably the white metal cages affixed to the ceiling from which clothes rails hang.
the terrazzo flooring, sanded and with cement-filled cracks, adds up to meticulously constructed atmosphere. a newly installed stairwell leads up to the so-called chamber floor, a space which has been destined to showcase the collections of the most conceptual men's and women's designers at joyce, and as such it'll regularly change scenery. it's also home to the store's tailor’s atelier and joyce cabinet, an exhibition space filled with curated objets d’art, curiosities, and vintage curations by creative partners from across the planet. location: new world tower, 16-18 queen's road central [central].