tokyo: ambush workshop opening

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anyone even slightly familiar with japan’s pop culture knows yoon and verbal are downright royalty. flaunting an eclectic style that straddles hiphop, street style and high fashion, the husband and wife team have firmly anchored themselves in tokyo’s fashion and music scene with their jewellery brand ambush, and aren’t doing badly abroad as well. blessed with a background that’s permeated with multicultural influences – both have korean roots and spent a considerable time stateside – asian sensibilities and clear-cut visual codes are paired with a media-savvy approach, putting both the brand and its founders at the forefront of style.

since its inception in 2008, ambush has gone from strength to strength, appealing to  fashion forward circles across the planet. the jewellery brand is now expanding operations with the highly anticipated  launch of ambush workshop, its very first store just off boutique-lined cat street in tokyo’s buzzing shibuya shopping district. aiming to make a unique retail statement, yoon and verbal enlisted acclaimed architecture practice wonderwall to create an interior design that reflects the brand’s quirky design vision. a striking white panel shields off the lower façade, but features a diagonal cut-out at the bottom to gain access to the premises. a narrow staircase leads up to the second floor where an interior unfolds that’s marked by a play of clean lines and smooth surfaces.

a row of support pillars runs along an elongated jewellery cabinet, making it seem to defy gravity. it’s lit by a sleek light fixture that dangles from the ceiling across the same length. additional furnishings comprise of two display units and clothing racks that showcase apparel items. a ceiling of exposed timber and heavy steel beams offers a stark visual contrast with the understated aesthetic below. ambush workshop carries the full range of jewellery, in addition to a curated selection of apparel pieces and an exclusive range of store exclusives, including limited edition t-shirts, bags and original accessories. location: 1-22-8 shibuya [shibuya].

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amsterdam: denham x art comes first

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since its inception in 2008, denham has gradually evolved from a mere denim brand to a full-fledged fashion label, and one that continuously flexes its creative muscle with the fabric firmly anchored within its identity. interestingly, it also treads untrodden grounds by reaching out to entities outside of the company, and denham's ongoing house guest artist series is indicative of this focus. for the upcoming 12th edition, denham has collaborated with art comes first, the london-based creative collective led by influential style gurus sam lambert and shaka maidoh. the duo's own collection, dubbed avec ses frères, explores the power and symbolism of black this season, so it was natural to reflect this concept in the denham collab project as well, and the boys tweaked denham's signature styles in both the 5-pocket and the tops collections.

lambert and maidoh demonstrate their sartorial skill on pieces like the rhys oxford where they applied formal marcela cotton along the its iconic shoulder yoke and reworked the button-down collar to introduce bold black accents. they also took apart classics like the bolt jeans, adding discrete blind-zipps at the cuffs to sharpen the silhouette to a more tailoring standard. the monochrome rock 'n roll vibe has also been retained on styles like the gusset sweat, tubular tee and chore jacket and the 5-pocket extension including modifications of the bolt and crop in black. the denham x art comes first collab collection will be officially launched on thu – sep 15 at denham's men's store in amsterdam. location: prinsengracht 493-495 [centrum].

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puerto vallarta: w punta de mita hotel opening

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thirteen years after opening a hotel in mexico city's swanky polanco district, w hotels opens a second, design-led mexican property on the pacific coast, a few kilometres northwest of puerto vallarta. named after its oceanside location, the w punta de mita is part of los veneros, a multi-use development dotted with various luxury resorts and pristine beaches. as with any of the luxury chain's properties, the design, a collab effort of aset/aomamister important design and starwood hotel's very own design team, draws inspiration from local culture and history, fusing colonial style with elements from indigenous huichoi tribes.

upon arrival, guests are greeted by an oversized huichol statue standing in a reflection pool, along with a fleet of colorful tuk tuks that whisk them from the main entrance to the welcome area and lobby, or living room in proper w hotel lingo, as well as around the grounds. the design-led concept is immediately evident by an artsy backdrop that includes papel picado backdrops, mexican wrestling masks and historical mexican figures with surfboards; mariachi instruments; candy skulls, and other regalia. the resort features 119 guest villas, in no less than eleven different categories, each with a different set of amenities or in different size.

and yes, for those who love to love large, an extreme wow villa is readily available. as this is luxury territory, expect these rooms to live up effortlessly to all modern standards, and then some. he way all of the aforementioned is embedded in a uniquely designed concept package is what's the main draw of w punta de mita. not surprisingly, the living room is set up as a social hub extraordinaire, replete with a setting that induces interaction and exploration. a big open space with no walls to divide the area, it's anchored by a rectangular bar that replicates an altar. adding up to the cozy grandeur is a sacrificially-inspired chandelier that's illuminated by 450 led lights.

the space is dotted with strands of beads around small cocktail tables for guests to sit and sip on handcrafted signature cocktails while listening to the sounds of the resident deejay in the corner leading to the wet deck. here, plenty of lounge chairs and v.i.p. cabanas, equipped with a flatscreen tv and well-stocked minibar, can be found under the walkway and around the pool. located on the grounds are three beautifully designed, locally-inspired murals by mexican graffiti artist nacho bernal, depicting different takes on the surrounding area. also on the premises are five dining facilities where to indulge in sumptuous concoctions, with the spice market – star chef jean-george vongerichten's hailed southeast asian dining concept – at its core. location: km 8.5 carretera punta de mita,desarollo costa banderas [punta de mita].

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