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GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.57
Live in Tokyo; about 30 years…. However, they spend impressionable time until early teens in district, and town called "Ginza" gives off great brilliant aura for me who am not yet all gone from country-bred mind even if they become in their 40s. Furthermore, there is relationship in charge of annual Ginza feature with a certain ladies' magazine for more than ten years, and is keenly aware of special case feeling of Ginza with water caltrop water caltrop so as to repeat years; these days. When GINZA SIX opened, we remembered that we heard story to "be going to turn into world "GINZA" in Ginza" when we interviewed man of influence of Ginza once, and right that prediction thought that it was just practically.
When such I went to visit Ginza, we look for "genuine article which only adult looks good" with carelessly. Therefore Shops curious in GINZA SIX? It was three admiration brands which it wanted to continue using until face became shiwasshiwa that I raised without question when we were asked this.
The first house Belgian leather brand "Delvaux." As for this, it is thing throughout the life! It is place that can come across special dish called this. Venerable maison which Delvaux was born in 1829 one year before the Kingdom of Belgium founding of a country and was detected as the Royal Family purveyance for the government brand in 1883, and after that continued being related with the Royal Family in dense month. It seems to be the world's oldest luxury leather goods brand.
As for elegant, beautiful thing of Noble saga bags such as art museum displayed orderly in shop where there was…. Feel of a material of leather which "the finest" thing is transmitted through in iyaa, amateurish estimation is the best part.
Meanwhile, we discover hateful guy who let sense of fun work! Very deluxe item which limited article "miniature berujiteyudo" is bag type charm of miniature size of icon bag "yellowtail Yong" of brand, and craftsman having high technique as well as bag builds up by the same manufacturing method. Sense that seems to be Belgium which fused by manufacturing that is design and lux that punch worked for under the theme of surrealism is unbearable! Though it is charm, are you pretty even if you actually make card case? Imagine unintentionally what.
However, true purpose that I came for here is this. It is my future partner, preliminary inspection of shoulder bag "myutan". Texture of leather with expression called "crispy calf" is good, too. We made our debut in this, autumn/winter of 2016, but fixed just after that. You make slant cliff promptly, and shoulder turns off, and check familiarity to body to one's heart's content…Well, after all it is wonderful! By the way, price 460,000 yen (the following, the all price exclusive of tax). Is long way off still more, but sometime by all means….
"F Viana Phillippi" that it provides good-quality basic for adult woman that I that feeling has already kept swelling went next. It is one of the brands representing Italy Umbria that is knit big production place. "Some that person is different in rich feel of texture that is comfortable on exquisite earth color and skin with Nuance…"Arouses refined air which seems to be whispered.
Detail of chain called "Luce" treated from shoulder of parka which this torso wears by arm becomes signature motif of brand.
Soon after having trod into Shops, we discover dress to be charmed by promptly! We put pleats dress on long knit of woolen silk cashmere (we leave without seeing whole body in photograph! Please confirm the brilliance with your eyes in boutique, and) design is one piece that with that alone is extreme in fashion degree (166,000 yen). This was at a loss to be wondering whether to buy on the spot seriously.
Gorgeous stole (270,000 yen) which was recommended more, but was treated Fox fur what we remained and tried by silk blouse (138,000 yen) of chess nuts brown with ribbon Thailand of Luce and knit of woolen silk. To madam whom there is a feeling of lux in a moment…. We have discovered oneself new. Such an encounter that it is unknown is the powerful charm of shopping.
However, it was simple white shirt which accent of Luce was made on for the collar cause that we would go to visit again later, and I chose. At first it is start on my "F Viana way" from here.
Finally, to French leather brand "peran." We are born in 1893, and this is first Japanese boutique this year in historical couture house which reached the foundation 125th anniversary. A lot of things which are konsepuchuaru beyond established concept to bag which brand which started as glovemaker produces!
Grove and design which we focused smartly including clutch which became built-in at hand are unique.
This that excellent architect, clutch bag (304,000 yen) of collaboration with late Zaha Hadid Ms. Design which is dramatic, and colors the back of the hand is very elegant in spite of being atmosphere that is avant-garde. Metal parts are exquisite form fitting both the right hand and the left hand.
Being digression, but husband having possibilities to call me the French, and there being often opportunity to visit France, but valuing what think by French wearing that it is wonderful for a long time while taking care of leather item which oneself just looks good with. We dropped in at Grove Shops which there was around Pare royal for school days that came for the first time in Paris aimlessly and purchased Grove which was just correct in own hand and remembered that we used habitually for a long time. Thereafter we look in Grove Shops carelessly when we visit France in winter.
Well, bag was "peran" called main item now and heard whether there was recommended Grove.
Then there was such Grove. Grove (110,000 yen) of series called "Eiffel" is accessories rather than cold protection use already, but flexible leather seems to stick to hand, and arrive, and feeling is the best, too. He/she wrapped up big hand like my men kindly. Gold metal such as bangle is arranged for wrist and is a feeling of fashion that is not ordinary person.
As for the small-sized handbags which we are in Japanese dress and seem to look good with. Eyes had gone only to leather which was just black on that day, but black leather realized that the charm was shown so as good-quality in this peran.
A time to come across genuine article at famous place of Ginza. In background of thing called perfect gem, there were reliable manufacturing and story and was fashion CRYDD at the autumn beginning when we realized that it made fashion fun still more and felt.
Text: Hiroko Kawashima Photos: Sachiko Horasawa Edit: Yuka Okada
I’ve lived in Tokyo for about 30 years, but I spent my formative years, up to my early teens, living in a more rural part of Japan. Even now in my 40s, I haven’t entirely freed myself from a rural mindset. For me, the district of Ginza gives off a glamorous and glittering aura. I’ve edited an annual Ginza feature for a women’s magazine for over ten years, so I have that connection as well. The older I grow, the more acutely I’ve come to sense Ginza’ distinctiveness. When GINZA SIX opened, I remember interviewing one of Ginza’s former leaders, who opined that Ginza was on the way to becoming a global district. I think the prediction is coming true now. Naturally, when I go to Ginza, I go looking for authentic items suitable for adults. If I’m asked which GINZA SIX boutiques I’m interested in, I immediately rattle off three brands I admire—the kind you want to remain loyal to until you’re old and gray.
This first is Delvaux, a leather goods brand from Belgium. Here you’ll find products to treasure for a lifetime. Founded in 1829, one year before the Kingdom of Belgium was established, Delvaux was named an official proprietor to the Belgian royal family in 1883. It’s continued to maintain close ties to the royal family since then. It’s the world’s oldest luxury leather goods brand.
The store interior exudes a sense of refinement, like a museum. When it comes to the beautiful and elegant handbags displayed in a stately array…actually, let me say, the best part is the texture of the leather. Even an amateur like me can immediately see it’s of the highest quality.
Of the ones on display, I find some interesting and whimsical items. These limited-edition Miniatures Belgitude are bag-shaped charms, miniature versions of the brand’s iconic Brillant bag. Like the bags, they’re luxury items made by highly skilled craftspeople using the same time-honored production methods. The combination of punchy, surrealism-inspired design and luxury production values positively radiates a Belgian sensibility. They’re charms, but I can’t help thinking they’d also make adorable business card holders.
The real reason I’m here is to scope out my future partner in life, the Mutin saddle bag. I love the look of the Crispy Calf leather. The bag made its debut in fall/winter 2016. I’ve had my eye on it ever since. Today, I immediately try it out, placed diagonally across my body, then hanging from my shoulder, checking how it fits against my body. It’s great! The price, by the way, is 460,000 yen (all prices listed before tax). There’s still a long ways to go, but someday, someday, I’m sure this will be mine.
Already excited, I go next to Fabiana Filippi, which offers high-quality basics for adult women. It’s a representative brand from the Umbria region of Italy, a major producer of knitted fabrics. The exquisite, nuanced earth tones and rich textures, which feel marvelous against the skin, together create a refined air. It’s something you could easily imagine inspiring whispers like There’s something different about her…
The brand’s signature motif is the chain detail that runs down the arm from the shoulder of the parka, worn here by a mannequin.
No sooner do I step into the store than I come across an enchanting dress (166,000 yen). The design layers a long knit of wool silk cashmere with a pleated dress—something you can’t see here because the photo isn’t a full body shot (for which I apologize; I hope you’ll go to the boutique and see for yourself!). The levels of stylishness achieved here are off the charts. Honestly, I went back and forth and nearly bought it on the spot.
I try this on after it’s recommended to me—a chestnut-brown silk blouse with a luxurious ribbon tie (138,000 yen) and a gorgeous wool-silk knit stole with fox fur (270,000 yen). It transforms me in an instant into a woman of luxury. I’ve found a new me! Encounters with the unknown like this are one of the real pleasures of shopping. Later, when I go back, I end up choosing a simple dress shirt featuring a luxuriously accented collar. My own Fabiana journey begins here.
Lastly, I go to PERRIN, a French leather goods brand established in 1893. This historic couture house celebrated its 125th anniversary this year. The boutique at GINZA SIX is their first in Japan. Having started as a glove maker, the brand’s bags feature an array of unconventional conceptual features.
The unique designs focus on close-at-hand stylishness and include clutches with an integrated glove.
This clutch bag (304,000 yen) was designed in collaboration with a world-renowned architect, the late Zaha Hadid. The design that so dramatically adorns the back of the hand is at once boldly avant-garde and the height of elegance. The exquisite form of the metal portion fits both left and right hands.
As an aside, my husband is French, and I visit France often. One of the things I love about the French sense of style is that they choose leather items that suit them perfectly, then cherish and maintain the articles with the greatest care through a long and rewarding ownership. When I first visited Paris as a student, I dropped into a glove shop near the Palais-Royal. I bought a pair gloves all but made for my hands, and I remember cherishing them for years and years. Since then, whenever I visit Paris in the winter, I go and look around a glove store.
At PERRIN, whose mainstay now is bags, I ask if they have any gloves they can recommend.
These are the ones they have. Within the L’Eiffel series, these gloves (110,000 yen) are more accessories than something to stave off the cold. But the supple leather seems to bind to the hand—the comfort’s amazing. They gently embrace even my largish hands. And the gold bangle-like metal at the wrists confers a stylishness that’s beyond ordinary.
These small handbags would probably go well with a kimono, too. Black leather seemed to catch my eye the most today, and at PERRIN, I get a clear demonstration that higher quality strengthens the appeal of black leather.
So, a moment of encountering the authentic at a famous place in Ginza. Sure-handed production and a story stand at the backdrop of these masterworks. That’s what makes being stylish even more fun—something that really struck me on this first fashion cruise of the fall.
Text: Hiroko Kawashima Photos: Sachiko Horasawa Edit: Yuka Okada
Hiroko KawashimaBecame a freelance fashion writer after working at an apparel trading company. She currently writes for Kateigaho and other magazines oriented to adult women on a broad range of topics, including fashion, jewelry, and timepieces. Married to a French man with an eclectic personality, she, her husband, and her son pulled up roots and moved to a rural area in northern France in September 2018 for a slower-paced life amid natural surroundings. Before moving abroad, Kawashima was a devoted student of pottery repairs using lacquer mixed with gold, as well as the practice of decorating lacquer ware with gold or silver powder (maki-e). She currently practices these two traditional Japanese crafts in France. Her dream is to operate a bed and breakfast in rural France with her family—ideally, Burgundy.