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].

© senscommon / photography: renée de groot

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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moscow: moscow diaries

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as part of carte blanche, an art programme of the moscow museum of modern art which invites art institutions to implement their own curatorial initiatives on its premises, the institute currently hosts the moscow diaries exhibition by the center for experimental museology and the museum of american art in berlin. the show explores innovative approaches to art theory and practice, zooming in on issues around authenticity and the role of the museum in defining a work of art. two trips made to moscow in the late 1920s serve as a starting point for the showcase – the first, by german philosopher walter benjamin in 1926, and the second by alfred h. barr, the founding director of moma in new york city, two years later. during his visit to the russian capital, barr had a chance to see the works of kazimir malevich that would later play an important role in his story of 20th century modern art. the russian artist was given a solo exhibition at the tretyakov gallery in moscow, curated by aleksei fedorov-davydov, a specialist who believed in incorporating marxist sociology into the museum displays.

benjamin's visit was related to his desire to see first-hand the promise offered by the proletarian state, and he met writer sergei tretyakov who it is believed became a key source for benjamin’s famous essay the author as producer. the exhibition, in part, reconsiders fragments of the 1936 moma exhibition cubism and abstract art curated by barr, and looks at the moment malevich became an integral part of the story of modernism worldwide. a second part imagines a meeting between barr and benjamin at the home of tretyakov, mapping outcomes from their encounter and reflecting on the experimental displays of fedorov-davydov. the exhibition examines the background for, and the development of, ongoing debates around aesthetics in the 20th and 21st centuries, based on the fictional and historical intersections of people, events and ideas [on through aug 20]. location: moscow museum of modern art, 10/2 gogolevskiy bulvar [khamovniki].

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singapore: dover street market opening

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it has been a shoppers' paradise for as long as we can remember, but with today's opening of dover street market's newest outpost, you could say singapore has officially joined the planet's top tier of shopping destinations. in collab with club 21, a luxury retailer with both multibrand flagships and monobrand boutiques across the island state, southeast asia, china, japan, and australia, dover street market singapore joins the latter's hub of dining venues at dempsey hill, a shopping and hospitality complex with a boutique feel. a nutmeg plantation in the 1850s, the grounds became a military camp during world war II, and following a string of transformations, its current guise is a shopping and hospitality complex with a strong boutique feel.

the store occupies a 12,325 sq.ft. [1,145 sqm.] pavilion-like structure with a high ceiling – at well over 10 metre at its highest – that's marked by a series of colourful giant arches. mind you, it's the first that time colour has been used architecturally in any of dover street market's stores. two existing rows of black beams have been supplemented by two newly created rows of beams in a lighting design by thierry dreyfus, a paris-based designer and show producer. other architectural highlights include two large glass and steel structures housing all the main collection brands of comme des garçons. and obviously, all of the interior design you'll come across on the premises spawns from the mind of the japanese brand's elusive yet genius creative director rei kawakubo.

similarly to dover street market stores in london, tokyo, new york and beijing, the one in singapore boasts a string of different settings, each adapted to the brand or product range it presents, and a select range of top fashion brands that secured branded spaces, they've been given free to design their own concession, including balenciaga, gucci, the row, sacai, céline, thom browne, undercover and nikelab. in celebration of the launch of dover street market singapore, specially created items can be found on the shelves as well, including t-shirt editions by gosha rubchinskiy, gucci x dover street market pre-fall special pieces, and nike x dover street market vintage re-edition tees. location: dempsey hill, block 18 dempsey road [tanglin].

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