Designer Akira Naka studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, and he is known for creating clothes, which bring out the beauty of the wearers.
Yamato, a manufacturer of kimono textiles since 1917 and located in Kanda, has collaborated with Isetan department store, which also started off selling kimono textiles in Kanda
The specialty store named “Isetan the Japan Store Kuala Lumpur” will open its doors in Malaysia this October. The store will open as the remodeled Isetan Kuala Lumpur department store located within Lot 10.
In 2011, Isetan Mitsukoshi launched the project “Japan Senses” as a means to communicate the charms and beauty of Japanese culture.
In 2011, Isetan Mitsukoshi launched the project “Japan Senses” as a means to communicate the charms and beauty of Japanese culture.
On Feb 17, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store launched its original Japanese luxury brand “SEKItoWA”, on the first floor men’s section, as well as the “Gallery LIFE MINING”, lining up Japanese interior items, on the fifth floor.
On Feb 2, Japan’s living national treasure and dye artist Fukumi Shimura opened her exhibit titled “Fukumi Shimura - Regression to Horo” at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Crystal heelless shoes designed by Noritaka Tatehana sparkled on the runway of Iris van Herpen’s 2015 A/W collection. The shoes were created using the technology of 3D prints.
This is Part 2 of the report on the tour of Satoyama and Satoumi in the Ishikawa prefecture, organized by Isetan Mitsukoshi food buyers and the Ishikawa New Agriculture Total Support Organization (INATO) along with gourmets.
In 2011, Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi [*1] was the first in Japan to be named as one of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) [*2].
Matsue Chiba, the successor of the Shoai Hiyashi Zome dyeing technique, lives in near Mount Kurikoma of Miyagi, Japan.
Japan’s oldest Aizome (indigo dyeing) technique, the Shoai Hiyashi Zome, dates back to the Heian period, and was carried on by the Chiba family residing in Kurihara, Miyagi.
Fashionable stoles decorated with motifs of Kabuki theatre have made their debut at Ginza Mitsukoshi department store. The stoles were designed in partnership with Marumasu and Shochiku.
This article is Part 2 of the interview with the married couple Fumiko and Homare Yamashita, who have their atelier “Kihachijo Meyu Kobo” on the island, Hachijo-jima.
Kihachijo silk characteristic of the Japanese island Hachijo-jima is the product of the island’s nature and history. Kihachijo silk was sent to Mainland Japan as tributes since the Muromachi period into the Edo period.
Discord is known for its black and white designs symbolic of Yohji Yamamoto, but for its team-up with Yoshitaka Amano at Isetan Shinjuku, the brand presented designs in blue, purple and other eye-catching colors
At Isetan Shinjuku department store, visitors can find a selection of popular Japanese souvenirs and gifts to take home with them.
Chanel has revealed its history and the life of its founding designer Gabrielle Chanel, known more by the name of Coco Chanel, under a series of movies titled “Inside Chanel.”
Avex Group Holdings spent three and a half years to develop Majotae. Japanese brands Yohji Yamamoto, Mina Perhonen and Keita Maruyama created exclusive items to bring out the charms of Japan’s traditional cloth for Isetan Shinjuku's event.
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company hosts an exhibit of local Hello Kitty designs in Uchisaiwaicho of the Tokyo area. Open until June 30. Hakuhodo handled the exhibit design.
Japanese artist Kyosuke Tchinai will hold a solo exhibit from Mar 13 to Apr 12 at the Galerie Tamenaga Osaka.
Kohchosai Kosuga says, “The one thing that remains the same is our mission to expand the possibilities of bamboo and elevate its value.”
Kaikado specializing in handmade tea caddies welcomes its 140th anniversary and its collection of tea caddies became a part of the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Hosoo, specializing in Nishijin weaves, is making quite a name in the luxury brand market. Top-notch brands such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton have requested the company to handle the interior designs of their gorgeous boutiques.
In 2012, successors of Japanese traditional crafts came together to form the creative unit “Go On.” The unit’s mission is to preserve the skills and experiences of traditions and pave the way for the future.
For the 2015 S/S collection, The Sakaki presents a shirt made to look as if it was made of broadcloth woven with two-ply yarn. But if you look closely, it’s an Oxford shirt.
Designer Kotaro Sakaki of The Sakaki pursues his designs, but does he have an image of the completed design in his mind?
In fashion, new trends are created each season, but designer Kotaro Sakaki of The Sakaki sees this differently.
One of the things that make The Sakaki special is its colorful lookbooks. “I want people to have a laugh,” says Kotaro Sakaki, the designer.
Kotaro Sakaki, the designer behind the brand “The Sakaki,” is truly open-minded. His look books show models wearing goblin and Hyottoko masks. Beneath all the humor though is intricate and carefully considered designs completed to perfection.
Saira Kunikida, the great-great granddaughter of Doppo Kunikida, one of the greatest novelists from the Meiji Period, is the face of Isetan Mitsukoshi’s “This is Japan” campaign.
“Jam Home Made” presents its second project introducing the charms of traditional Japanese crafts.
The event “Le Japon Rive Gauche” was held at the Parisian department store “Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche,” from Aug 30 to Oct 18 of this year.
Popular Japanese ramen chain Ippudo hired Engineered Garments, a fashion brand led by New York based designer Daiki Suzuki, to design the uniforms of its New York stores.
ISSEY MIYAKE presents a limited collection of wooden accessories designed in collaboration with furniture brand “Tendo Mokko.”
Mr. Hirose established the stole brand “comment?” to introduce trendy items using Edo komon.
Yuichi Hirose is the fourth-generation president of 90-year old HIROSE DYE-WORKS. Edo komon originates from the kamishimo garment worn by the samurai class and is a traditional craft with a 400-year history.
The Parisian department store “Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche” will open “Le Japon Rive Gauche” to showcase designs by over 100 Japanese brands. From Aug 30 to Oct 18.
The event dubbed “Isetan Yukata Selection 2014,” presenting a full lineup of new yukata designs is currently open at Isetan Shinjuku. The catalog of the collection styled by Souta Yamaguchi is also available.
On May 12, a press conference was held at Isetan Shinjuku for the new accessory brand “discord” by Yohji Yamamoto. The designer’s statements at the conference are fully revealed below.
The new luxury accessory brand “discord” by Yohji Yamamoto is on presale at Isetan Shinjuku from May 12. A press conference featuring the designer along with Isetan store manager Masaaki Takano was held on the opening day of the event.
- Where is the balance between fashion and art in the world of creation?
- I see stories and the passing of time reflected in your designs. What are your inspiration sources?
- What kind of feedback did you receive when you exhibited samples at the “Nipponista” pop-up held in New York this February?
We interviewed Tomoko Fujii of Tomihiro Senko and Ryuji Otani, designer for BARCOS J LINE.
A new international brand named “BY KAMAWANU” has debuted from Tenugui Brand “Kamawanu.” To commemorate this, a pop-up will open at Isetan Shinjuku (5F) from Apr 1 to 15.
Designer Hiroki Nakamura's eye for beauty has developed the brand “visvim.” His recent creations are warm and appealing as if they were vintage clothes. We asked Mr. Nakamura about his passion for design.
The website “100 Tokyo” opened on Mar 20 as part of the Cool Japan project initiated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. It introduces all “cool” things particular to Tokyo and Japan.
Industrial designer Marc Newson teams up with visual design studio “WOW inc.” led by Hiroshi Takahashi. The two have designed a katana (Japanese sword) as an art piece named “aikuchi.”
The sole harness maker in Japan “SOMES SADDLE” teams up with shoes designer Hiroshi Tsubouchi for its 50th anniversary. For the collaboration, Tsubouchi designs his first bags under the name “SOMES SADDLE × HT LABEL.”
The exhibit “Edo Sakura Renaissance & Banquet” by art aquarium producer Hidetomo Kimura has opened at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall.
This year, Mitsukoshi celebrates 110 years since it became the first department store in Japan. In commemoration of the special anniversary, the store will renew the design of its shopping bags from Apr 1.
Art aquarium producer Hidetomo Kimura will showcase his latest exhibit titled “Edo Sakura Renaissance & Banquet.” From Mar 7 to 30 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall.
Isetan Mitsukoshi currently holds a pop-up event dubbed “Nipponista” for one week in Soho, New York. An opening reception was held in the city on Feb 5.
Fashion brand HaaT from Issey Miyake presents the Ultimate Black series as part of its 2014 SS Collection. In stores from Feb 1.
Ne-net will line up exclusive items designed using the brand character Nyaa. The special items are created in collaboration with traditional craftsmen and folk toy designers. To be in stores from Jan 31.
The art festival DOGO ONSENART 2014 (Ehime prefecture) will be held in commemoration of the 120th anniversary since the reconstruction of Dogo Onsen. The event will pre-open from Dec 24 and hold its grand opening on Apr 10, 2014. Until Dec 31, 2014.
In store at REALITY LAB. ISSEY MIYAKE, which just opened on Nov 11 from ISSEY MIYAKE INC., are exclusive items made from washi paper made in the Tohoku region.
On Nov 1, Saga Prefecture signed a partnership agreement with the Dutch Embassy as part of the prefecture’s attempt to re-boost the local Arita ware industry, which proudly enters the 400th year of foundation in 2016.
Takisada Nagoya presented textiles for the 2014 autumn/winter season under the theme, “Urban Camouflage.” The collection presents are a wide variety of patterns such as camouflage, animal, reptile, digital, and plain or 3-dimensional geometric.
Under the concept “Hasami-yaki to the World,” the brand “Monohara” will be launched this winter. For its debut series, it will team-up with House Industries, US type foundry and design studio.
Sogo and Seibu department stores will introduce collaborated items with world famous design office “nendo” and Japanese traditional manufacturers under the series “by | n meister” and “by | n”.
araisara (designer: Sara Arai) presented its 2014 SS collection at Meiji Memorial Hall on Oct 17. Under the visionary light of the moon on the thirteenth night of the lunar month, the show introduced 42 designs themed “Fantasy.”
“Ginza Fashion Week Re-Design Exhibit with Kabuki Costumes” presents a line-up of one of a kind dress and accessories made of textiles ordinarily used only for Kabuki costumes. Available at the Terrace/Terrace Court on the 9th floor of Ginza Mitsukoshi.
Fashion brand “45R” is holding a pop-up event under the title of “Nuno Sancai” at Isetan Shinjuku The Stage (1F). From October 16th to 22nd.
From Oct 23 to Dec 21, Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum located in Yoyogi, Tokyo presents exhibition “Imperial Court Costumes of the Meiji, Taisho and Pre-War Showa Era-Western and Traditional Clothing.”
“Tokyo Kimono Week 2013- Kimono/Japan/Nihonbashi-” is being held for the seventh time from Oct 17 to 29. The event aims to discover new possibilities for kimono and rediscover the charms of Japanese culture.
From the 2013-14 AW season, Dickies lines-up apparel from the “Takumi Line,” made with Japanese craftsmanship. The latest items are being sold at the brand’s store in Kichijoji, Tokyo.
On Sept 28, a showroom for Mie Prefecture “Mie Terrace” opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Mie Terrace consists of a store, a restaurant and an event space.
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Co., Ltd. is a long established company devoted since 1796 to the traditional Nara craft of bleached ramie fabrics “Nara-zarashi”. Six of their private brands have announced new products for the 2014 spring collection.
Jibasan ele, which opened its first store at Sakae-machi, Kobe last year, opened its second store at Kobe International House SOL (address: 8-1-6 Goko-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe).
The joint exhibit “MaG.” of fashion, interior and sundry goods was held this month in Tokyo and Osaka. The exhibit was also held in March and this was the second time for the event to be held.
NUMBER TWENTY-ONE, an original women’s shoes brand launched by Isetan Mitsukoshi two years ago, launches a new brand for sneakers this fall. The new brand “NUMBER TWENTY-ONE THE BLISS”
OKADA TEXTILE based in Koyaguchi, Wakayama will hold a pop-up event on the 1st floor of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi. From Sept 11 to 24. This is the second pop-up event for the brand at a department store.
“Denime” launches an environmentally friendly project titled “Re:project.” For customers who bring in their old Denime pairs of jeans and denim jackets to the directly operated stores, a 5,000 yen coupon is gifted in exchange.
Sportswear brand Champion is releasing a made-in-Japan versions of their classic REVERSE WEAVE® sweatshirts and crewneck parkas.
At Musee Guimet in Paris, the exhibit of Rosanjin Kitaoji, who is the model of the manga character Yuzan Kaibara of “Oishinbo,” is being held until Sept 9. The title of the exhibit is “L’art de Rosanjin, Genie de la cuisine japonaise.”
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings holds an event dubbed “Japan Senses” to communicate the charms and beauty of Japanese culture. Until Aug 19 at Isetan Shinjuku, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi and Ginza Mitsukoshi.
Emblems featuring goblins from Kyoto-based “KYO-TO-TO” are being sold as trendy items for the summer.
Japanese fashion brand Miharayasuhiro teams-up with travel/business bags brand TUMI. The collaboration bags will be pre-sold from Aug 2 to 4 at Miharayasuhiro Tokyo store
Ms. Keiko Oshino of Leather atelier “Rim” recommends design candy from Kyoto for gifts.
Today’s gift from Kyoto is introduced to us by the editor-in-chief of Keihanshin Lmagazine, Ms. Ayako Murase. She recommends the fukiyose from kelp specialty store Giboshi.
In today’s piece, we introduce Yosuga from Kamesuehiro, recommended by Mr. Isomoto of Art Nishimura Co., Ltd. The company is part of the over 450-year old Kyo-Yuzen kimono group “Chiso.”
YANMAR Co., Ltd. celebrated its 100th anniversary last March. On July 25, the company presented details on its “YANMAR Premium Project,” which covers plans for the next century.
Gucci presents a special edition of its popular bamboo bag in collaboration with longstanding silk goods brand “Sendaihira.” Sendaihira operates in Sendai of Miyagi prefecture and it has inherited traditional craftsmanship from the Edo period.
For our fourth piece, we introduce Miyuki Senou from the yagenbori group, which manages 10 dining facilities in Kyoto and Tokyo.
Our third piece introduces Mutsuko Sakurada, who manages a Michelin two-star restaurant “Sakurada.”
Our second piece introduces architect Kaori Fujii from Kyoto. She has handled the store designs of popular stores in the area, such as the restaurants: IL GHIOTTONE and Yonemura.
This piece is the opening act of a series of articles relating to Kyoto. In the series, we will introduce local people with refined taste and their favorite items from the area.
Japanese style sparkler fireworks produced by Kyoto Yuzen kimono brand “Chiso” (founded in 1555) hit stores once again. The popular fireworks are being sold
E-commerce website “2PMWORKS” collaborates with Studio Ghibli Inc. and brand “OJAGADESIGN” to create cute leather card cases. The items are available for reservation from July 12.
Arashiyama station in Kyoto, managed by Keifuku Electric Railroad Co.,Ltd. has been renewed by renowned designer Yasumichi Morita. In 2002, Morita handled part one of this renovation project to rebuild the station building.
Popular goldfish art exhibition “Art Aquarium 2013” is being held at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo until September 23.
Isetan Shinjuku will line up men’s sandals designed in collaboration with TATAMI, the luxury line from 240-year old German shoes brand Birkenstock, and popular Japanese brands. The sandals will go on sale in limited numbers from July 31.
Within the international circle of luxury brands, Koyaguchi of Wakayama Prefecture is regarded as the hot manufacturing area of high-quality fake fur,
Kifune (Kurama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto), known as a spiritual place of the Water God, introduces new craft beer “SUIGEN” made with its spiritual water. On sale from the end of June.
Textile maker of Japanese clothing “Hinaya Kyoto” publishes a styling book for kimono titled “Oatsurae Zine.”
A preview of the latest landmark “ABENO HARUKAS Kintetsu Main Store,” located at the core of ABENO HARUKAS tower building in Tennoji, Osaka was held prior to its actual opening on the 13th.
Bag manufacturer, Fukue Co., Ltd. and denim maker KUROKI Co., Ltd. have collaborated on producing four types of original brand bags. The bags were introduced at an exhibition called “Gold Rush” in Fukuoka last week.
Underwater goldfish art exhibition ‘ECO EDO Nihonbashi Diners Club Art Aquarium 2013 -Edo Coolness of Kingyo -’ will be held at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Nihonbashi, Tokyo from July 13th to September 23rd.