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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
We like cool thing better than cute thing. Heart dances in discerning detail glittering lightly inside which is simpler than gorgeous thing. Than dress than suit, cut-and-sew is pants more firmly than shirt, skirt. It is clothes of men's taste or clothes with slightly sexless atmosphere that such I am attracted.
We may be told "to have more adventure with feminine item" by people in circumference, but, unfortunately, do not look good with this. Particularly knee-length skirt is my unlucky direction item. Though there is, in the place where we help with own weak point awareness, it is in incoherent impression. We look good, but, as for the reason not to look good with, as for the long hair, short cut surely resembles what do not come nicely for some reason, and affinity with figure and atmosphere that people have essentially may be related.
By the way, it is near in winter, and I want new outer soon. There were many complex shops which presented men's ＆ women and walked prepared GINZA SIX obura and, in search of korezotoiu one, did.
Complex shop of men's ＆ women nation's first as for "NEIL BARRETT" (NEIL BARRETT) of 3F. To Collection which lined in thymeless space where black glass wall is beautiful, chest throbs promptly. Delicate jacket made which item which "thunderbolt" (lightning) of brand icon was garnished with was wonderful, but made full use of tailoring learned in the U.K. with my guide was NEIL BARRETT Nara. In fact…Old-timer of central cent Martin University of Arts of London where it was not big news as we said this, but I who lived by designer of clothes before leading to the current literary profession spent school days as for NEIL BARRETT of designer. There is one of the designers to love and respect from all over the attendance at school.
It is after a long absence to go in Shops, and, let alone men, there are a lot of cool jackets of women, and first ppanakara tension keeps on going up. Though we have not let pass sleeve yet either, we just see that the first place to appeal suffers from hanger, and, after all, power of clothes making feel happy is great.
This wool jacket (all 125,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price). We were granting flexible, comfortable comfort and were attracted as if we ordered in tailor while being a feeling of perfect fitting to just comply with health. Construction of authentic tailored and sporty sense are exquisite balance, and the first place that blended seems to play an active part from formal to casual to various scenes.
A feeling of size that is just right that men's cowhide rucksack (129,000 yen) is lightness to be able to assume lightly and carries job tool such as PC and iPad, information or notebook by refined design. If leather adjusts to oneself whenever we use, what we cannot separate more and more is inevitable. It is item which we want to use habitually for a long time.
We like silhouette and feel of texture of shirt and jacket and I want anything accent one more and often put studs processing by oneself although we saw when we buy. It was me that tonkachi was doing rudeness by agreement toward the builder, but we came across this leather shoes (102,000 yen), and DIY spirit flew instantly in distance of time. It is wonderful purely.
We became shiretto private properties, but, as for these bikies jacket (275,000 yen), were granted all element that I wanted in the width of the shoulders, length, length of a kimono sleeve, the height of the collar, bikies including point where stitch entered. What give impression that it is refined though it is hard item will be because idea is concentrated in the details in order to do so.
Design of oversize representing curve that side line is bold is cool. But hurdle seems to be expensive for me. It coats wool of kashwére blend that military green is beautiful to have betrayed such first impression vividly (197,000 yen). We felt a brand-new sense of stability in detail of unique neckband which covered neck completely. Though it is light, it is smart outer with beautility warmly.
What went next "HELMUT LUNG" (Helmut Lang) of 4F. It is only other than road surface shop, GINZA SIX shop in the country that this handles men's line by Mark Thomas (mark Thomas) in complex shop presenting men's ＆ women.
You buy item which you liked in different colors, and prepare (you buy more…), koredemoka! It is that we drink and wear to the full called this. However, it was not very often thing which could come across, but I wanted all upper bottom colors, and outer (95,000 yen) of this sheep leather and woolen sweat pants (32,000 yen) were donzuba.
Black of hooded leather outerwear is cool unquestionably. Gray of different colors is abominably fresh. Comfort that is higher than so-called sweat pants in sweat pants of good-quality wool fabric looking like katchirimeno wide pants. It is allowed both not only this the winter but also next year and there to be item which we can use habitually for a long time repeatedly. But if we all prepare…. This must talk with wallet well.
Finally, to "JOSEPH" (JOSEPH) of 5F. London is strong in image of JOSEPH almost as same as Savile low and Vivienne Westwood among me. Shop of JOSEPH was in place where we could walk at first from student dormitory where we lived in where we studied in London and dropped in by way of walk well. no repetition to take in hand while longing for oneself on young day when "this was deeply impressed with London mother" whenever we visit the shop which there is toward The main street of Sloane Square Station, the edge of Sloane Street when we look at clothes displayed according to blue and green, colors including beige beautifully, and to try on. This shop is complex shop presenting men's ＆ women, too.
It coats khaki wool again to have lost heart (160,000 yen). We liked big pocket of bold color. Stole (42,000 yen) of kashwére became triangular from the cause, and it was staff that told that we looked good just to wind up in ease. Characteristic.
Select book cafe to be able to enjoy tea selection and sweets such as tea or Japanese green tea that "JOE' S CAFE" (JOE'S cafe) adjacent to store of JOSEPH trades "SEASON IN THE POT" in the same way as clothes in concept every season. In big bookshelf which covered all over the wall in shop, was selected from anthology of Damiens Hearst to the book "genealogy of dandyism" of Kaori Nakano by BACH led by fukuinko of Director book, mainly rare book concerning the U.K. and London in a row. It is hideaway spot of GINZA SIX which can indulge in view of the world of JOSEPH while relaxing slowly.
Speaking of the U.K., we had "JOE' S High tea set" (4,500 yen) as Afternoon Tea. Tea is Darjeeling first flash of castle ton. The contents of 3 British style step trays are sandwich, cake, scones from bottom. Three kinds of fig and cucumber of fruit seasonal other than strawberry which sandwich is JOE'S cafe, and is popular.
Saying it is custom that has Afternoon Tea in turn from bottom, but "can finish eating at all when leave sandwich of cucumber last daringly as is doing indulgently well generally"; staff. This was more delicious than expected when we ate according to the recommendation!
Cucumber which sliced thinly was put on several levels delicately, and seasoning that is simple in white wine vinegar, salt-free butter, rock salt, black pepper. It is unrivaled article which viewpoint of cucumber turns into completely.
Furthermore, exhibition of campaign photograph which appointed flower group star of Takarazuka all-women's opera, citron incense light (citron flatfish) as model with it is the shop and JOE'S cafe of JOSEPH is open until November 4, 2018. As for the contrast powerful beautifully that comparison of clothes which are "art object shoes" which "erementsu" which is material and a part supporting crafting of JOSEPH of the machine is born from there brings about, must-see. In GINZA SIX shop, we perform display of such an art at any time and are deluxe space that can sense view of the world of JOSEPH bodily with clothes entirely.
The afternoon when we thoroughly enjoyed London at the center of Ginza. After all, we like London. It was time when we confirmed so again. In addition, we are going to come to GINZA SIX if we miss London.
Text: Yuriko Kishi Photos: Mariko Mibu 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