antwerp: the apartment opening

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since owners tim van geloven and ilse cornelissens opened graanmarkt 13 in downtown antwerp, the concept store has become a must-see address for discerning shoppers from home and abroad. in collab with art director bob verhelst, the duo selects a fine range of men's and women's apparel, shoes, accessories, homeware, cosmetics and art objects. adding up to this exquisite retail adventure is a restaurant, a gallery space with rotating exhibitions and other events, and as of late, a luxurious pad where to spend the night. aptly called the apartment and situated on the two top floors, van geloven and cornelissens initially intended to set up a bed & breakfast here, then considered to live here, but as the project gradually took shape they decided to relocate with their kids to a family home elsewhere.

the apartment can accommodate up to six people in a sophisticated yet homey setting designed by leading belgian architect vincent van duysen. it features his signature brutalist style, softened by the use of plenty of natural materials and furnishings. a sunny outdoor terrace, a true oasis with ample seating and lush potted plants as a visual bonus, provides sweeping views of the city. the apartment comes with hotel service, meaning guests can indulge in a delivery breakfast prepared with local products, and every that the space boasts full-fledged kitchen and a full fridge, allowing you to cook your own meals if you don't feel like joining the crowd in the restaurant below. location: graanmarkt 13 [antwerpen centrum].

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new york: nyc makers

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new york city is one of the planet's leading creative hubs, pulling talents from far and wide to its five boroughs. interestingly, the city's museum of arts and design is currently hosting an exhibition that celebrates its thriving creative communities across town. entitled nyc makers - the mad biennial and organized by the institute's new director glenn adamson, it presents the work of 100 highly inventive artisans, artists, and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill. the show exemplifies the museum’s ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, and serves as a platform not only for makers who typically display their work in a museum setting, but also those who operate behind the scenes.

obviously, these so-called 'makers' weren't just randomly picked but nominated by a savvy contingent of over 300 new york city-based museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians, and journalists. structured as a series of immersive tableaus, the exhibition presents the eclectic creative output of makers alongside one another, and includes fashion shows, performances, social practice projects, and even culinary explorations. combined, it underlines the relationship between material and immaterial making found in the big apple. participating creatives include hood by air, laurie anderson, rafael de cárdenaslady bunny and confettisystem. [on through oct 12]. location: 2 columbus circle [midtown].

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bangkok: niche nation store opening

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since opening its first store in bangkok's thonglor neighbourhood in 2005, niche nation has supplied the thai capital's growing demographic of discerning trendoids with fashionable eyewear. and now founder jonas koblin has stepped up his presence by opening up shop at central embassy, bangkok's prestigious new supermall and nucleus of top brands. the interior design is a luxed up extrapolation of the original niche nation store without ditching its inviting atmosphere. behind an expansive glass façade sleek floor-to-ceiling metal grids not only add a sophisticated visual layer but also incorporate a number of light wooden display boxes. these correspond beautifully with furnishings and fixtures of the same material.

a special section has been exclusively reserved for an in-store mykita corner, featuring the brand's signature display wall and vintage trolley. niche nation's new store carries a coveted range of other eyewear brands, including oliver peoples, thom browne, moscot, cutler & gross and persol. in search of cool presciption glasses? lucky you. niche nation has exclusively partnered with zeiss and provides an eye test room with state-of-the-art equipment. this allows the store's certified optometrists to offer customers a unique zeiss experience for creating individual vision profiles and lenses. location: central embassy, 1031 thanon ploenchit, shop L2-04 [ploenchit].

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global: adidas x juun.j collection

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adidas has forged an interesting collab with korean designer juun.j to tweak its iconic adidas superstar sneaker. juun.j has given the shoe a contemporary update by deconstructing the iconic 3 stripes, resulting in a white minimalist style available in a low and a high-cut version, first time presented in his show during paris men´s fashion week's recent edition. the adidas superstar has been a classic since it was launched in 1969 and initially used by top-level basketball players. but as urban style would have it, the shoe transcended the court, making its way onto the streets and become an inspirational element of youth culture. this concise adidas x juun.j collection will be available as of february 2015 at selected boutiques across the planet and online.
 

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singapore: aesop store opening

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aesop already operates four stores in singapore, but luckily there's room for another signature retail statement. the australian cosmetic brand's newest outlet is situated in picturesque chinatown, a neighbourhood which has seen a string of interesting new retail and hospitality openings these past few months. created by aesop's very own architecture department in melbourne, the store interior blends the building's historical elements with contemporary accents, while taking cues from the neighbourhood’s colonial architecture. the abundant use of rattan heavily references a bygone era when it was hugely popular, and now it has been applied to cover an expansive curvilinear wall. simple timber shelves are paired with a concrete sales counter and a ceramic sink with copper faucets. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 52 club street [chinatown].

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london: japanese supper club

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quirky boutique caterer monograph continues its adventurous japanese supper club dining series all through this month, and the next edition is scheduled for fri - jul 4 [8pm]. held at a secret location in shoreditch, guests can experience a selection of unique contemporary japanese dishes in tasting portions. the upcoming series will introduce shio koji, a thick white liquid that tenderises and enhances the umami in japanese foods. it's made made by fermenting rice and sea salt and comes straight from the land of the rising sun. squid has a bad rep because it's considered chewy and tough, but you'll discover otherwise at the japanese supper club.

this month's menu features clear soup with aubergine and spinach leaves, shio koji-marinated squid, wild rocket salad with yuzu dressing, salmon marinated in saikyo-miso, japanese short-grain rice, and last but not least, a selection of japanese desserts. as for drinks, you're expected to bring your very own liquid of choice. adding up to the quirky vibe is that guests will be seated randomly next to total strangers for an evening of adventure in more ways than one. location: the secret location will be revealed at the time of booking. so, if you fancy delectable japanese bites presented in an adventurous concept, click here to make reservations.

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berlin: qwstion pop-up store

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berlin's mitte district is a leading retail hotbed, and setting up shop here gets any brand exposure far beyond the city limits. it's no wonder zurich-based bag label qwstion has done so to with a pop-up concept store to raise its profile even further. the temporary retail space is accommodated on the ground floor of a historic structure built in 1878. measuring approx. 70 sqm. [754 sq.ft.], it was previously occupied by an ent practice, and this is evident in the expansive tiled flooring of the partially gutted interior. the shop has been enhanced with matching modular furnishings and playful light fixtures. qwstion will actually share the pop-up store with four other innovative brands, so there's a showcase of its full range of bags, in addition to contemporary shoes by velt, senz6's aerodynamic umbrellas, fashion apparel by frisur and furniture designs selected by mykilos, a berlin-based distribution firm [open through aug 25]. location: münzstrasse 5 [mitte].

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paris: john lawrence sullivan s/s 2015 men's collection

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arashi yanagawa's label john lawrence sullivan goes from strength to strength. the japanese designer's s/s 2015 men's collection presents a range of garments that borrows heavily from british sub cultures, but the mash-up of mod, military and punk, is beautifully balanced. but then again, not too much either, as dashes of bold colours give the silhouette something decidedly contemporary and off-beat. slim-cut pieces are alternated by garments with a looser fit yet a coherence very much remains thanks to the colour coding. shown here are six looks from the collection that we particularly like. unfortunately john lawrence sullivan's men's collections are available in japan only, but we expect it won't be long until it's stocked at fashion-forward stores elsewhere. next to its four japanese flagship stores, the men's items are carried by some of the country's leading fashion emporiums, including cannabis [tokyo], eliminator [tokyo], midwest [nagoya], midwest [osaka] and aloha 9 [fukuoka].

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