© Dior / Photography: Yasuhiro Takagi

Few countries take shopping as seriously as Japan, and we mean that in a good way. Local sensibilities towards aesthetics and service are unrivalled, and give way to an appreciation of life’s finer things in equal measure. It wasn’t very surprising that Kim Jones, creative director of Dior‘s men’s line, staged his S/S 2019 Collection in Tokyo last November, inviting artist Hajime Sorayama to adorn the runway with a large version of his iconic female robot. Sorayama also collaborated on a capsule collection which dropped in Dior stores across the planet last week. Celebrating both the release of the collection and its second anniversary, the five-storey façade of the Dior flagship store in the Ginza shopping district has been fully transformed, depicting the cherry blossom petals and robot figurines that adorn items of the capsule collection. Obviously, the flowers are firm nod to the Land of the Rising Sun, a lifelong fascination of the luxury brand’s founder Christian Dior. Location: Ginza Six, 6-10-1 Ginza (Ginza).

© Dior / Architecture photography: Yasuhiro Takagi