online: scent candles

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if home is where the heart is, it should definitely be a place that soothes your senses. a very simple yet effective way to evoke an atmosphere of relaxation, or any other mood you're going for, is lighting a candle. not just any candle, but a scented candle by scent. born from a love of home fragrance, the online subscription service presents a curated a range of globally sourced products from the next generation of perfumers and fragrance studios – those producing design-led candles with innovative and evocative aromas. as such, scent knows a thing or two about the dynamics of their core products, and that preferences run the whole gamut.

that’s exactly why scent acts as your personal home fragrance consultant, at your service to hand-select the perfect products for your tastes and needs. mind you, it even accommodates  your preferance for a masculine or feminine scents. on offer are three subscription packages – monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly – to suit every olfactory need. each delivery will bring one candle and a card introducing you to the brand and its story. a subscription costs usd 65 per delivery, including shipping and taxes [delivery within the u.s. only]. and obviously, it's also possible to sign up as a gift for a loved one or a friend.

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copenhagen: mykita store opening

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berlin-based eyewear brand mykita makes its first foray into nordic territory, opening a new outpost in downtown copenhagen. the store is situated on the ground floor of a historic building from 1690, and features a contrasting sleek interior that blends in some of the original architectural elements. the palette remains distinctly modern, and combines white terrazzo flooring, white glass panels, mirrors, and last but not least, curved eyewear wall shelving – obviously backlit for maximum visual drama – that presents mykita's many appealing frames. situated in the store's basement section is a so-called zeiss relaxed vision center, a special lab equipped with state-of-the-art precision instruments by carl zeiss research and staffed by a qualified optometrist. the facility offers a customised optical profile service to perfectly adapt the frame and lens for each customer. location: grønnegade 43 [indre by].

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amsterdam: surface

© søren solkær – dabs myla, los angeles [2013]

hailing from copenhagen, fine art lensman søren solkær [1969] with a penchant for portraiture, specifically shots of big names in the music industry. after dedicating two decades to this genre, the talented dane set out on a three-year portrait project about individuals who create art in the public space. aptly entitled surface, it includes global photography trail that led solkær to cities as far flung as athens, berlin, copenhagen, stavanger, paris, london, los angeles, las vegas, melbourne, miami, new york and sydney. the results of this elaborate project is to be put on display at vroom & varossieau, a gallery in amsterdam with a keen focus on urban and contemporary art. very much a portrait anthology, the show opens fri – sep 9, and presents photographs of some of the most significant street artists of the current art scene, as well as the pioneering icons across the globe, all captured on film with their own art work, often using masks or props to obscure the identity of the artists. location: willemsparkweg 134 [amsterdam zuid].

© søren solkær – the london police, miami [2013]

singapore: uniqlo flagship store opening

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uniqlo continues to be on a roll. the japanese retailer has been present in southeast asia, one of the most dynamic retail markets ont he planet, for quite some time, operating over 130 stores in thailand, malaysia, singaporeindonesia and the philippines. in an unprecedented move, the company has raised its profile in the region by launching its first global flagship store in singapore, the most mature consumer market of the aformentioned five. occupying a sizeable 2,700 sqm. [29,063 sq.ft.] set across three floors of orchard central, a popular shopping complex along the city's most prominent thoroughfare, uniqlo has pulled out all the stops to showcase an expanded and specially curated range of merchandise unavailable at other stores across southeast asia. the interior design induces a heightened brand experience, featuring sleek settings with visually stunning displays and a full product display.

additionally, dark timber flooring adds a distinct local flavour. rotating mannequins and digital displays? check. there are 350 mannequins, in addition to almost 300 displays on the premises, matching the numbers at the uniqlo mothership in tokyo's ginza district. as said, the new uniqlo flagship carries the widest selection of goods in the region, including the full lifewear collection and a range of store exclusive items for men, women and kids. also to be found on the shelves is i am other, the collection designed together with pharrell williams, and a special ut t-shirt corner that exclusively stocks ut designs from the brand's most popular collabs, such as olympia le-tan and bruno munarithe store also aims to engage with local shoppers by way of outreach programs and local creatives. location: orchard central, 181 orchard road [orchard east].

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new york: i'm back!

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the man known for his killer serve returns, street style, and last but not least, rock ‘n roll locks, returns to the tennis courts of new york city’s arthur ashe stadium after a ten year absence. we’re talking the legendary andré agassi and his aim to regain the limelight. not for personal glory, but to change the lives of underprivileged kids – starting with the 2016 u.s. open. and agassi does so by teaming up with lavazza, a brand that’s renowned for a great serve, albeit espresso, for the past 120 years. this quirky pairing of excellence will spawn total agassi hegemony across town by way of 150 agassi clones, each matchingly decked out in a loud outfit and hairdo from back in the day. andré agassi and his lookalikes will perform a flashmob performance prior to the screening of his new ad as spokesman of the lavazza brand. one dollar of every lavazza espresso sold at the 2016 u.s. open will be donated to the andré agassi foundation for education, and benefit its readiness program summer of lifetime at the organization’s college preparatory school in nevada, and will also be used to help students ace through their college tuition fee.

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são paulo: aesop store opening

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just one year after entering brazil's retail scene with a signature store in são paulo's jardim américa neighbourhood, aesop expands its local footprint with a second outpost. it's situated in a low-rise structure in neighbouring vila madalena, an upscale area known for its abundance of cool independent boutiques and nightlife haunts. for the design of the store, fernando and humberto campana, arguably the country's leading designers du jour, have been asked to create a matching retail setting. the fraternal duo fused characteristics of local architecture with elements of the australian cosmetics brand's brand philosophy. shoppers enter the premises through the gate, crafted from aluminum and decorative brazilian cobogó – a brick who's name spawns from a contraction of the names of oliveira coimbra, ernest august boeckmann and antônio de góis, three brazilian engineers who extensively used the material for ventilation and shade in tropical recife throughout the 1920s and proceed across a semi-secluded courtyard, replete with timber benches and greenery, before reaching the actual retail space. inside, the aesthetic is seamlessly extended, albeit in a more practical form. the countertops and product displays are all composed of the same bricks, and paired with sisal fibre on the walls to further enhance their specific decorative appearance. a more secluded outdoor space is situated at the back of the store. the new aesop boutique carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 343 rua harmonia [vila madalena].

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tokyo: tokyo 23 store opening

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the company that operates tokyo's well-known sneaker and sportswear store kinetics has just launched a new retail concept that's entirely dedicated to basketball culture. dubbed tokyo 23, the first of what we can only assume a string of stores, has bowed in the boutique-infested maze of harajuku. the retail space measures a mere 38 sqm. [409 sq.ft.] and has a setting that's loosely inspired by a basketball court, featuring timber flooring replete with markings, an expansive shelving system laden with sneakers, and an opposite wall lined with a clothing rack full of related apparel pieces. the tokyo 23 store predominantly stocks nike jordan shoes, and it has kicked off operations with the eagerly aniticipated release of the air jordan 1 retro high og banned, which created an enormous buzz and pulled hordes of local fans to its doorstep. location: 4-28-18 jingumae [harajuku].

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tokyo: cave empt store opening

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the ever-growing dominance – and influence for that matter – of streetwear is arguably best evident in the streets of tokyo, where to an outsider, everything seems topsy-turvy. but when dissecting the dress sense of of its younger generations, the same drive to differentiate oneself emerges, albeit often at turbo speed. the city's retail landscape can be equally eclectic, and the recent opening of cav empt's first brick and mortar store is indicative of this phenomenon. popular the world over for its low-key 1980s-inspired garb, the japanese brand has opted for a high-profile location in aoyama, one of the japanese capital's most exclusive shopping zones.

unlike the many flagships of luxury brands in the area, the cav empt store features a fairly raw interior that's directly extrapolated from its brand aesthetic. situated on the ground floor, the building's concrete shell has been retained, with utility pipes and all, but revamped with a generous lick of white paint. upon entering the store, the setting looks somwhat plain, but when advancing to the back, visual drama skyrockets by way of a floor of cracked mirror tiles. furnishings are are sparse and simple, and include a cassette deck and speakers to demonstrate its alliance with youth culture. the cav empt store carries the brand's full range of men's apparel. location: 5-3-10 minami aoyama [aoyama].

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paris: quasi-pagan modern

© studio haegue yang – hairy taoist fairy egg [2015] – courtesy galerie chantal crousel

a new season, a whole new wardrobe. well, that's what galeries lafayette is instigating. but leave it to the iconic parisian department store to instill the message by way of evocative communication. to present the new a/w 2016 collections it has collaborated with korean artist haegue yang [1971] under the moniker quasi-pagan modern. yang's creative output is based on the intricate mirroring of civilizational references relating to social and political history and phenomena, as well as on reinterpretating archetypal forms from the avant-gardists, to produce a multifaceted contemporary expression. and as a result, her work comprises of striking juxtapositions and contrasts. the collab with galeries lafayette not only features a series of windows installations at its flagship on bustling boulevard haussmann in paris, but also at its 51 other stores across france.

but obviously, the flagship store in the french capital will play a pivotal role, featuring a site-specific installation underneath the dome that is crafted from printed verticals. and also for the first time ever, an original work by a contemporary artist will grace the department store's shopping bags and that approx.150,000 of these special bags will be distributed to customers [on through oct 9]. for those interested to explore more of yang's work, there's currently a newly commissioned work on display at centre pompidou's forum [on through sep 6]. store location: 40 boulevard haussmann [opéra]. museum location: place georges pompidou [étienne marcel].

© philippe migeat / haegue yang – lingering nous at centre pompidou

new york: rick owens store relocation

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after a decade-long sojourn in greenwich village, the rick owens boutique in new york city has traded up and relocated to a much larger and more prominent space in soho. it occupies a lofty duplex unit of approx. 12,000 sq.ft. [1,115 sqm.] of a red brick building from the 1860s on howard street, situated amidst many other luxury peers. the boutique's interior design, created by the designer's wife and muse michèle lamy, stands out through a brutalist aesthetic that's captured by a quirky mix of materials, such as concrete, polystyrene and marble. furnishings are sparse, and comprise of chunky and monolithic display tables and seats, each dipped in a slightly different shade or clad in camel hide, and simple wall-mounted shelving. specific sections feature large slabs of mirror that optically create an even bigger space. the ground floor of the rick owens boutique presents the accessories, shoes and jewellery collections, and the basement space, connected by way of a monumental staircase, features the full range of men's and women's ready-to-wear. location: 30 howard street [soho].

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