© narifuri / Photography: Tomooki Kengaku

Founded in Tokyo little over a decade ago, cycling gear brand narifuri has garnered a cut following both home and abroad with well-designed garments, accessories and bags. Anticipating the versatile lifestyle of its target urban demographic, the brand also cleverly includes a compatible range of garments with a distinct fashion signature. Next to various stockists nationwide, narifuri has longtime managed a flagship store in Tokyo‘s Sendagaya neighbourhood – mind you, it rents out bikes to explore wider swathes of the city – and as of late, a new second outpost in the heart of Kyoto, Japan‘s revered cultural capital. The company secured a traditional shop alongside Fuyacho dori, and tapped Osaka-based architecture practice dot architects to create a fitting interior design.

While many of the building’s original details have been retained, the new setting also sees significant modern interventions that lend a distinct contemporary touch, most notably perspex embedded in the upper floor that allow in additional daylight. The ground floor serves as retail space and presents narifuri‘s full range of merchandise, but also features a separate section near the entrance where foldable bikes can be rented to visitors who wish to explore the city on wheels. The second floor is designated as event and exhibition space, and aims to connect various communities with narifuri‘s carefully nurtured cycling culture. Location: narifuri, 522 Masuya-cho (Central Kyoto).

© narifuri / Photography: Tomooki Kengaku