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Falling in Love with London Once Again in the Middle of Ginza Falling in Love with London Once Again in the Middle of Ginza
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.62
I like cooler things than cute ones. My heart dances to the special details that shine brightly in simpler than gorgeous ones. These pants are more suited than a dress, a shirt than a cut-and-sew, and pants than a skirt. What attracts me is men's style clothes or something with a neutral atmosphere.
There are times when people around me say, "I want to be a feminine item or more adventure," but this doesn't suit me. In particular, the knee-length skirt is my demon style item. There are places where I help me with my weaknesses, but it gives me a sharp impression. The reason why it doesn't fit is that the long hair is good, but the short cut is similar to the fact that it doesn't fit well for some reason, and it may have a compatibility with the person's essential shape and atmosphere. .
By the way, winter is near and I want a new outer. In search of this one, I walked across GINZA SIX, where there are many complex stores that develop Men's ＆ Women's.
The 3rd floor "NEIL BARRETT" is Japan's first complex of Men's ＆ Women's. The chest immediately screams in a collection lined with black glass walls in a beautiful timeless space. An item with a brand icon "Sanderbolt (Inazuma)" is also wonderful, but my aim is to use a delicate jacket made of tailoring prepared by the UK with Neil Barret. In fact,…It's not such a big news, but designer Neil Barett was a senior at Central St. Martins Art University in London where I spent my school days working as a clothes designer before reaching the current writing business. I'm one of the designers I love while I'm in school.
I've been to Shops for the first time in a lot of course, there are many cool jackets for women as well as men, and the tension has not risen since it was the first time. Even though the sleeves have not yet been passed, the power of the clothes that make you feel happy just by seeing a pin coming on the hanger is great.
This wool jacket (125,000 yen * + tax jacket (125,000 yen *) As if customized in a tabler, I was attracted to the fact that it has a perfect fit along the body, but is flexible and comfortable to wear. The combination of the construction of an authentic tailored and the sporty feeling in an exquisite balance seems to be active in various scenes from formal to casual.
Men's cowhide backpack (129,000 yen) has a light and sophisticated design that can be carried on its back, and is just the right size to carry work tools such as PCs, iPads, materials and notebooks. Every time you use it, if the leather gets stuck to yourself, you will have to keep it away. This item you want to wear for a long time.
I like the silhouette and texture of a shirt or jacket, and I bought it, but I often want another accent and often stud it myself. I'm rude to the creator, but I met this leather shoes (102,000 yen), and the DIY spirit flew to the other side of time in an instant. It's purely nice.
Although it has become a private property, this biker's jacket (275,000 yen) has all the elements desired for the biker, such as shoulder width, height, sleeve height, collar height, and stitching. The reason why it is a hard item but gives an elegant impression is that the details are elaborate to do so.
The oversized design with a bold curve on the side line is cool. But the hurdle is going to be high for me. kashwére-mixed wool coat (197,000 yen), whose military green is beautiful, betrayed with such a first impression vividly. The unique collar details that cover the neck completely give a brand new sense of stability. It's a light but warm outer wear with functional beauty.
Next, we headed for HELLUT LUNG on the 4th floor. This is also a complex that develops Men's ＆ Women's, and only GINZA SIX stores in Japan handle the Men's Line using Mark Tomas (mark Thomas).
You can buy your favorite items in different colors.…), this is it! That's how you put it down. Nevertheless, it's not so easy to see, but the sheep leather outer (95,000 yen) and the wool trepan (32,000 yen) were so good that I wanted all the upper and lower colors.
The black outer wear with hood is cool without any complaints. Different grey is so fresh. The trepan made of high-quality wool looks like a solid wide pants, but it feels more comfortable than a so-called trepan. Not only this winter, but also next year and beyond, I know that it is an item that can be used for a long time. But when it comes to getting everything ready…I'm sorry. I have to talk about this with my wallet.
Finally, go to "JOSEPH" on the 5th floor. London has the same image of Joseph among me as Saville Row and Vivien Westwood. When I first studied abroad in London, there was a Joseph shop where I could walk from the student dormitory where I lived, and I often stopped by for a walk. Every time I visit The main street Station at Slown Square, every time I visit the store at the end of Slown Street, I remember myself on a young day that I felt like "this is London," and beautifully displayed colors such as blue, green, beige, etc. Looking at the clothes, picking them up and trying them on. This shop is also a complex that operates Men's ＆'s complex.
The one who lost his heart again was the Kiki wool coat (160,000 yen). I like the big pockets with bold colors. The kashwére's stall (42,000 yen) was a triangle from the beginning, and it was the clerk who taught me that it would look good just by winding it in a rugged manner. It's a rock.
"JOE'S CAFE" adjacent to Joseph's store is a select book cafe where you can enjoy tea selections and sweets such as tea and Japanese tea that change seasonally, just like clothes, based on the concept of "SEASON IN THE POT". On the large bookshelf that covers the entire wall inside the store, from the collection of works by Damian Hurst to Kaori Nakano's book, "Genealogy of Dandyism," BACH led by book director Tadashi Tsukitaka was selected mainly in the UK and London. A rare book about is shifted. GINZA SIX is a hidden spot where you can relax slowly and immerse yourself in the world view of Joseph.
Speaking of England, I received "JOE'S High tea set" (4,500 yen) because it was Aftanon tea. Tea is a Castleton dardine first flash. The contents of the English-style three-stage tray are sandwiches, cakes and scones from below. Sandwich is a popular strawberry at Joe's Cafe, as well as seasonal fruit figs and cucumbers.
It is customary to have Aftanon tea in order from the bottom, but the clerk says, "Because it is generally sweet, if you leave the cucumber sandwich at the end, you can finish eating at all." When I tried it as recommended, it was more delicious than I expected!
A thin sliced cucumber is delicately layered in several layers, and is simple with white wine vinegar, saltless butter, rock salt, and black pepper. It's a superb item whose cucumber's view changes easily.
In addition, at Joseph's store and Joe's Cafe, an exhibition of campaign photos modeled on Takarazuka Revue's Hanagumi Star, Kazumitsu Yuzu, is being held until November 4, 2018. A must-see for a beautiful and powerful contrast created by contrasting clothing, which is a part of the material and machine that supports Joseph's manufacturing, and the object that is the object that comes from it. The GINZA SIX store exhibits such art at any time, and is a luxurious space where you can experience the whole world view of Joseph with your clothes.
The afternoon when I enjoyed London in the center of Ginza. I really like London. Once again, it was time to confirm that. If I miss London again, I'll come to GINZA SIX.
Text: Yuriko Kishi Photos: Mariko Bibu Edit: Yuka Okada
I like cool better than cute. My heart leaps not at the gorgeous, but at simple things with nonchalant yet confident details that sparkle. Any day of the week, I’ll take suits over dresses, shirts over jersey tops, and definitely pants over skirts. I’m drawn to masculine clothing or clothing with an androgynous vibe.
My friends tell me: Try something more feminine; try something more adventurous. Pity, because none of that looks good on me. Knee-length skirts, in particular, are taboo to me. I’m sure my preconceptions play a role, but, on me, I think they inevitably look mismatched. I think it’s for reasons similar to the way long hair might suit a particular person, while a short cut won’t work. Perhaps it has something to do with someone’s overall vibe, shape, or essence.
Incidentally…winter is coming. I’ll need a new coat or jacket soon. Looking for something I’ll instinctively know is the one, I make plans to wander GINZA SIX and its large selection of stores of both men’s and women’s apparel.
Neil Barrett on the third floor is a mixed men’s and women’s boutique, the brand’s first in Japan. The collection is neatly arranged in a timeless space with walls of lovely gray-tinted glass—I feel my heart racing already. The items bearing the brand’s iconic thunderbolt are wonderful, but I’m struck by a finely tailored jacket with English details typical of Neil Barrett. Actually…well, it’s not really major news… but I was a clothing designer before my current life as a writer. As a student, I attended Central Saint Martins, an arts college in London, the very same school that produced Neil Barrett. So, he’s a senior of mine, a fellow graduate, and a designer I’ve loved and admired since I was enrolled there.
I haven’t been to the store for a while. The men’s line, of course, is great, and plenty of cool women’s jackets are on display. I’m just getting started, but my intensity of excitement is stuck on high. Well before I try on anything, with the articles of clothing still on their hangers, I find just looking at these seemingly perfect articles makes me happy. The power of clothing is impressive.
Take this wool jacket (125,000 yen; all prices listed before tax). The fit is perfect; it feels contoured to my body, as if custom-tailored. At the same time, it’s plenty flexible and pleasingly comfortable. I’m transfixed: A jacket with an exquisite balance between authentic tailored construction and sporty good looks can be put to good use across a range of scenarios, formal to casual.
This men’s cow leather backpack (129,000 yen) is light and elegant and fits right against your back. It’s the perfect size for carrying the tools of your trade: a notebook computer or iPad, essential documents, notebooks. With use, the leather adapts to you and becomes your own, increasingly and inevitably becoming something you can’t do without.
I’ll buy a shirt or jacket if I admire the silhouette or the feel of the materials, but I tend then to want an accent. I’ll often add studs myself. I feel apologetic thinking about the people who made the clothing, but lift my hammer all the same. On seeing these leather shoes (102,000 yen), though, my DIY spirit blinks out. They’re simply wonderful, just as they are.
Trying on this biker’s jacket (275,000 yen), I find I feel just as careless and carefree as if I’d always owned it. It gets all the essentials right for this type of jacket: shoulder width, length, sleeve length, collar height, stitching in the right places, and more. It says streetwise, but gives off a refined vibe, perhaps because it’s clear how much work has gone into the details.
I love oversized designs and how a bold profile traces gentle curves, even if I have initial doubts. But this cashmere-blend wool coat (197,000 yen) in striking military olive deftly upends my initial impressions. The unique collar covers the entire neck, and in this detail I sense a truly original and confident fashion statement. The coat is light but warm. It’s stylish, with a functional beauty.
My next stop is HELMUT LANG on the fourth floor, which also houses both men’s and women’s lines. GINZA SIX is the only location in Japan, other than the brand’s street-level store, where you can find the new men’s line from design director Alexandre Plokhov.
If I like something, I’ll buy it in different colors—really, I’ll jump at the chance to. Even then, I wear these clothes right into the ground, until they wear out. You don’t come across items like this every day. I find myself craving this sheep leather outer (95,000 yen) and these matching wool track suit trousers (32,000 yen) in every color they have.
The black leather outer with hood is cool in every sense of the word. The gray version is so fresh it hurts. The high-end wool trousers look like semi-formal wide pants, but they’re even more comfortable than so-called sweatpants. I have a strong sense I’m going to love wearing them for a long time—not just this winter, but next year and years beyond. But buying all the colors…I’m going to have to consult with my wallet.
Lastly, I go to JOSEPH on the fifth floor. When it comes to London, I think of Joseph as much as I do Savile Row or Vivienne Westwood. In my random walks while studying in London, I’d often drop in at a Joseph boutique, located toward the end of Sloane Street, the main street at the Sloane Square tube station, within walking distance of the dorm where I lived. With each visit, I’d think: This is so London. Recollecting my youth and feeling nostalgic, I look at the clothing beautifully displayed and organized by color—blue, green, beige, and more; I repeatedly pick some out and try them on. The store here in GINZA SIX has men’s and women’s lines, too.
I’m captivated once again, this time by this khaki wool coat (160,000 yen). I love the big, boldly colored pockets. The cashmere stole (42,000 yen) starts as a simple triangle; but simply wrap it casually about oneself, I’m told by the sales attendant, and it assumes other shapes. I would expect no less.
JOE’S CAFÉ next to JOSEPH is a bookstore and café that offers wonderful selections of black and green teas that change with the seasons, just as clothing. The concept here is Seasons in the Pot. The large bookshelf that covers an entire wall is filled with rare books, mostly on England and London, selected by BACH, a company led by book director Yoshitaka Haba. The books include titles ranging from a Damien Hirst collection to “Genealogy of Dandyism” by Kaori Nakano. It’s a little hideaway in GINZA SIX where you can relax while steeping yourself in the world of JOSEPH.
There’s nothing more English than afternoon tea, so I go with JOE’s High Tea Set (4,500 yen). The black tea is Castleton Darjeeling First Flush. The English-style three-layer tray has, from the bottom, sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Three sandwich varieties are offered: strawberry, the most popular at JOE’S CAFÉ, the seasonal fig, and cucumber. With afternoon tea, you would normally eat from the bottom. But, according to the waitress, “It’s all quite sweet, so if you leave the cucumber sandwich for last, you’ll end on a refreshing note.” I try eating it as recommended. It’s more delicious than I imagined it could be! The thin-sliced cucumber is layered in multiple delicate layers. The flavor is simple, composed of white wine vinegar, unsalted butter, rock salt, and black pepper. It’s a sandwich distinctive enough to change your perspectives on cucumber.
JOSEPH and JOE’S CAFÉ are currently hosting an exhibition, running through November 4, 2018, of campaign photos featuring model Karei Yuzu, star of the Takarazuka Revue Flower Troupe. The striking and dramatic contrast between “elements,” some of the materials and machinery that support JOSEPH’s creations, and the “objects” that come from these elements, is a must-see. Overall, the GINZA SIX boutique is a luxurious space that lets you take in an art exhibition while looking at clothing and experiencing JOSEPH’s world.
An afternoon of London in the middle of Ginza—I realize once again how much I love London. The next time I feel this way, I think I’ll come to GINZA SIX.
Text：Yuriko Kishi Photos：Mariko Mibu Edit：Yuka Okada
Writer, translator, and painter. Yuriko Kishi began her writing career in 2008 after working as a designer at MALKOMALKA. She writes broadly on fashion, watches, medicine, welfare, sports, and other topics. As a painter, she primarily creates murals for retail establishments. In recent years, she’s been involved in product design and costume design for musicians. Dutifully updates her Instagram account (kishiyuriko) on the varied appeal of Kyoto’s geisha quarter, her life’s work.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram