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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