los angeles: 13 bonaparte store opening

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the new york pop-up store last spring merely was a pretaster, but 13 bonaparte's newly opened flagship boutique in los angeles marks the official kick-off of an expansion scheme stateside. the paris-based menswear brand, headed by designer david sarfati, has specifically picked a retail space in this sprawling city becaus of its dynamic scene and the fact he deems his garments highly compatible with the local fashion sensibilities. opting for a r1,000 sq.ft. [[approx. 93 sqm.] retail space at row dtla, an innovative lifestyle hub in what currently is the most happening part of town, 13 bonaparte shuns l.a.'s traditional shopping grounds, and settles closer to a forward consumer base instead.

as a combined retail space, showroom and office, the interior design is both hybrid and seemingly transitional. featuring a collectiuon of 20th century vintage design pieces, including a marco zanuso coffee table, a neon lamp by rodolfo benetto, as well as leather chairs from the 1970s. art and photography books that serve as inspiration and reference add a cultured touch to the retail setting. the new 13 boutique carries the brand's full range of men's clothing and denim pieces. plans are currently underway to launch additional standalone stores in new york and san francisco. location: row dtla, 318 east 7th street, suite 124 [downtown].

© 13 bonaparte / photography: tyler william parker

tokyo: wut store relocation

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it's no secret that tokyo's fashion scene moves at the speed of light, fastidiously absorbing any noteworthy international trend, and while at it, adding an inimitable sense of style, colour, and last but not least, a daunting outspokenness that very often transcends western individuality. the city is awash with luxury monobrand flagships and independent boutiques that cater to the majority of the city's sizeable fashion crowd, but few share the niche focus of select shop wut. guided by the roving eye of its director and buyer yann le goec, these past few years the boutique emerged as a true treasure trove of cherry-picked small independent brands, creating a large fanbase with a penchant for quirky styles along the way.

its connectivity with underground culture and its protagonists both home and abroad, wut has also earned a solid reputation far beyond the japanese capital's city limits by introducing new brands, staging fashion shows, and throwing many a fun party as well. and now, after being located in the harajuku maze for almost a decade, the store has relocated across town to new premises at lumine est, a popular multi-storey shopping mall directly opposite shinjuku station. here, the new wut shop shares space with destination tokyo, another highly specialized retail format of the h.p.france fashion group.

the interior design boldly takes cues from its former cradle, featuring tiled surfaces and furnishings, and as if to flaunt an evolution of sorts, walls clad in matching vertical planking. the all-white interior is offset by suspended and moveable clothing racks in a bright red hue. fashionwise, wut continues to be a trailblazer, stocking forward brands and introducing cool new names along the way. the current brand list includes labels such as vladimir karaleev, bernhard willhelmtigran avetisyanxander zhou, and old time fave anntian, which as it happens, will throw a party at the new wut location on sat – sep 2 [6pm-9pm] in celebration of its a/w 2017 collection, and of course, the store opening. location: lumine est, 3-38-1-b2f shinjuku [shinjuku].

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chicago: ace hotel opening

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quirky ace hotel has always had a penchant for off-the-beaten-track locations – often ahead of the cruve, helping an entire neighbourhood to reinvent itself  – and its newest outpost, ace hotel chicago, is no exception. situated in the west loop, an area of town that has seen a steep gentrification in recent years, the boutique hotel chain occupies a cluster of industrial buildings that was once home to a cheesemaking factory. designed by chicago-based practice grec architects, it comprises of three separate buildings: a seven-storey concrete structure to the north, a red brick building forming its southern wing, and both connected by modern corridor.

while the older building is a nod to the area's historic legacy, the remainder of the buildings is distinctly modern and inspired by the austere principles of the bauhaus movement. the property features 159 guestrooms and suites in various sizes, ranging from a compact 290 sq.ft. [approx. 27 sqm.] to 864 sq.ft. [approx. 80 sqm.] for those who prefer to live at large, and a number of these pads come with stunning skyline views. the design aesthetic is typically ace hotel, fusing modern comfort, understated design pieces and cherry-picked props with the building's architectural features. all rooms come with free wifi, rudy's toiletries and pearl+ soaps.

mind you, some rooms even have turntables or guitars. as for the facilities of ace hotel chicago, they add to the free-spirited, artistic vibe the chain has become known for. obviously, they come in matching form, and include the midwest's first stumptown coffee roasters café in the lobby area, an all-day neighbourhood restaurant and garden terrace called city mouse, and which serves a wide range of tasty classic dishes, in addition to a landscaped roof terrace replete with bar where to sit back and mingle with fellow guests and locals. two flexible event spaces, one on the ground floor and another up on the sixth, are readily available for either business or pleasure. location: 311 north morgan street [west loop].

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tokyo: loewe pop-up store

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thoroughly dusted off, loewe is once again going places under the talented guidance of its new creative director jonathan anderson. as the endeavours of the spanish brand are paying off, itsl retail activities are stepped up, seeking the limelight in prestigious locations across the planet. in the latter category falls isetan shinjuku, arguably japan's leading department store, and a true treasure trove of high-end menswear. not surprisingly, loewe has becomne the next brand to land on venue's coveted premises with a pop-up store. the space is situated on the third floor and features a setting that was specially designed by anderson in collab with renowned french creative agency m/m (paris).

the pop-up store is funished with sleek tiered displays, clothing racks and furnishing is a pristine white hue, paired with neatly arranged potted plants that add a colourful touch. it's stocked with key pieces from loewe's a/w 2017 men's collection, and which is inspired by the industrial punk theme. additionally, items are available from the brand's street journal collection, a garment and accessories range insoired by old news paper style typography [open through aug 28]. location: isetan shinjuku, 3-14-1 shinjuku, men's hall, ground floor [shinjuku].

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global: illesteva x michael jackson

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to celebrate the 35th anniversary of michael jackson's best-selling album thriller, new york-based eyewear brand illesteva has teamed up with the michael jackson estate to launch a limited-edition model, inspired by the sunglasses worn by the iconic singer during his record-breaking victory tour in 1984. the original aviator style frame has been reimagined by illesteva, using a single sheet lens. handmade in italy, the gold mirrored face is accented with lightweight gold temples, and is even engraved with jackson’s signature, allowing you to effortlessly channel your inner king of pop. the illesteva x michael jackson trophy sunglasses come in a batch of just 200 numbered units, and retail for usd 240. it'll be available for purchase at select illesteva stores  and depositories across the planet. 

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jackson: anvil hotel opening

© anvil hotel / photography: mikael kennedy

to most city slickers, the great outdoors merely is a romanticized concept of nature's splendour, but clearly, they've yet to discover the allure of of wyoming's pristine and rugged scenery to understand it's also very much a reality. it's in jackson, a lively mountain town on the outskirts of this northwestern state, where the newly opened anvil hotel offers boutique hospitality with urban comfort and cool design, and all a stone's throw away from the scenic landscapes of both yellowstone and grand teton national park. it occupies one and two-storey buildings originally constructed in the 1950s as a motel, and now meticulously redesigned by new york city-based studio tack.

the property is situated smack in the middle of town, featuring 49 beautifully designed guestrooms and a matching set of facilities that both take cues from the rustic environs. against a backdrop of wood paneling and brass fixtures, rooms are furnished with custom metal beds which are layered with custom woolrich blankets, in addition to custom benches and side tables and dark kilims. obviously, the bathrooms are similarly style-infused, featuring raw brass fixtures, overhead rain showera, and bath products from c.o. bigelowthe hotel lobby, conceived as a hybrid of a café and mercantile, is a welcoming setting, featuring cozy seating and a wood burning stove, integrated with a store, curated by outdoor boutique westerlind in new york city.

in addition to beautifully packaged provisions, the lobby offers freshly baked treats from local bakery persephone and have partnered with local snake river roasting company to create custom coffee blends. adding to anvil hotel's lifestyle concept is glorietta trattoria, its restaurant which is located a short stroll away on glenwood street. homey and welcoming, featuriung naturally finished materials with simple tiles surrounding a large wood-burning grill in the middle. helmed by chef troy furuta, the diner serves italian-inspired seasonal dishes, in addition to a variety of wines, cocktails and other beverages. location: 215 north cache street [town center].

© anvil hotel / photography: tuck fauntleroy, mikael kennedy and read mckendree

online: senscommon all-commute overcoat

© senscommon / photography: renée de groot

the summer season is in full swing, and although insouciance and relaxation prevale, we're gradually exploring style options for less sunnier climes ahead. ticking a number of boxes, and quite effortlessly so, is this essential garment by designer laura silinska of senscommon. called the all-commute overcoat, it's an overcoat that's both water and windproof that doesn't make you look like you're trekking the rugged untrodden grounds, but instead is gifted with a sleek and distinctly urban aesthetic and easily adapts to any mobile or active lifestyle. but that's not all, it's a smart product as well. the all-commute overcoat is crafted from hi-teh material that's lightweight and breathable, and being entirely seam-taped, it snaps around legs protectively, a handy feature when cycling around town. interestingly, the garment was inspired by the mobility and durability of old cowboy coats, and is fully adapted to anyone going places. the senscommon all-commute overcoat comes in different sizes, and can only be ordered online [international delivery available].

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chengdu: gentle monster store opening

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the playful and stylish aesthetic of gentle monster resonates extremely well with the millennial crowd, and with china's young consumers spending considerably more cash on lifestyle goods than their contemporaries overseas, it's no wonder the korean eyewear brand sees retail expansion here as a top priority. following outposts in hong kong, beijing and shanghai, a new flagship store has recently bowed in chengdu, the gentle monster brand is known for pulling out all the stops for its retail spaces, and this new store is no exception. situated at taikoo li, an upscale shopping mall in the heart of the city, the store occupies a spacious two-storey unit. the design of the store is dramatically themed the new generation after tsunami, and is all about visual drama, featuring an eclectic range of elements, decorations and materials that aim to make shopping here a titillating experience.

upon entering the new gentle monster store, a theatrical setting unfolds that represents a post-deluge landscape. captured in black and grey hues, the setting features a giant swirling staircase that represents the aforementioned tsunami, differently textured surfaces – mind you, even charcoal is included – and last but not least, suspended moving sculptures that evocatively symbolize re-emerging life forms and nature's resilience. one floor up, the palette is light and airy, yet featuring similar intricate details that signal a nascent world. the merchandise is interspersed in a discreet manner, presented on shelving or displays that seamlessly blend into the interior. the new gentle monster store carries the brand's full range of coveted sunglasses and prescription frames. location: taikoo li, zhong shamao lu 8, shop 1213 [jinjiang]

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hong kong: nigel waymouth installation

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commemorating the renewal of its flagship store in hong kong's central district last winter season, luxury retailer joyce commissioned british artist nigel waymouth [1953] to create an artwork. the result is a screen-printed poster of which only 100 editions exist. waymouth took cues from his background as founder of iconic 1960s fashion boutique granny takes a trip in london and one half of british art duo hapshash and the coloured coat. mind you, the british creative concocted many of the most recognisable concert posters and record covers of the time for the likes of pink floyd, jimi hendrix and soft machine, and as such he's no stranger to creating highly significant representations of culture, music and fashion.

starting with a panoramic image taken from the highest bar on the planet, the artist took inspiration from hong kong's iconic skyline at dusk, creating a neon pink starry backdrop for the poster. carefully researched, each detail included in the screen print has symbolic meaning. the work features a phoenix for peace and prosperity, chinese dragons to signifying strength and luck, and the circular dragon coil for longevity. the print is currently on display at joyce cabinet, the gallery space of the reopened joyce store, as part of an installation that also displays a range of waymouth's previous works [open through mid-september]. location: new world tower, 16-18 queen’s road central, ground floor [central].

© joyce / hapshash and the coloured coat – ufo [1967]

oslo: saint laurent store opening

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despite a flourishing economy for many decades, norway has oddly been a backwater when it comes to luxury retail, driving trophy hunters to more developed neighbouring countries to splurge on high-end goods. but that discrepancy is fading fast as the retail landscape of its capital city oslo is showing a dramatic transformation with the accelerated arrival of luxury monobrand boutiques. following the launch of several high-profile stores along nedre slottsgate, a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with monumental buildings, the newest addition on the block is saint laurent. the boutique is part of promenaden, a prestigious and elaborate retail project that's putting the norwegian capital on the global map of luxury shopping.

occupying a spacious ground floor unit on the premises of newly opened retail space, the boutique presents an interior infused with saint laurent's latest design codes, featuring an abundance of black and white marble, mirror surfaces, black leather, and both shiny brass and nickel-plated elements. the latter material is largely captured by shelving, display cabinets, and suspended hang bars, adding a solid dose of glamour to the understatement of the design. the new saint laurent store carries women's and men's apparel, accessories, shoes, sunglasses and jewellery pieces. location: nedre slottsgate 13-15 [sentrum]

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