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Making New Discoveries at GINZA SIX! Making New Discoveries at GINZA SIX!
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.67
I visited GINZA SIX at the time of the opening, and since then I have been visiting one-off stores, but I have never strolled freely through the facility. I decided to hang around at the end of the year when I had a little time in Ginza, this building I wanted to walk slowly.
That day I arrived at GINZA SIX just around noon. Speaking of which, I'm hungry, and I'm hungry before taking a walk! ……So I entered "ilcardinal". It feels good in the tratria atmosphere of the city of Florence, which is held every year at Pitti Uomo! This shop, where the chef who trained in Florence develops Italian flavors centered on Tuscany cuisine, has fun before eating.
By the way, when I look at the menu,……Won't you? What is "Straccia Terra and Yakito Tomato Caplay" (1,800 yen * All + tax"? ? I love capella so I often eat it in Japan, but "baked tomato" is my first sound. When I asked the shop, he said, "As the name implies, the tomatoes are lightly roasted, so the sweetness of dried tomatoes is pulled out.……It looks delicious just by listening to the explanation! ……That's why you eat it!
U~~~~~~ this is Buonissimo! Surely, the sweetness of the tomato comes with the burning. This item goes well with cheese called Stratchatella. It is recommended to put plenty of tomatoes on large cut tomatoes and go to the park.
The tone came out and I ordered two more dishes. The point is that "Uosuke salad and belt wheat" (2,500 yen) uses plenty of "svelt wheat", which is also attracting attention as super food. As it is at first, eat it a little, apply plenty of lemon, and change the flavor a little and enjoy a new taste. The fresh fish and Sbert wheat marage were also new discoveries.
Then, "Nduya Sauce and Straccia Tera cheese balmichari" (1,800 yen) is a pasta entangled with spicy sauce and cheese. Although it looks simple, the combination of spicy sauce and mellowness of cheese is very delicious! There were many other menus that I was worried about, so I would like to visit again at night.
After being full of plenty of 3 dishes lunch, go to the 5th floor Men's floor. Oh, there was also "MARK ＆ Rona)＆. Let's check the winter golf wear for the year-end golf competition.
This brand with the slogan "GOLF OR DIE" is popular among fashion-friendly golfers with cute skull marks as icons. Inside the store, which is equipped with Men's Ladies, there are unique golf wears that are as close as possible to the golf course.
Winter golf wear is not only stylish but also cold and easy to move. Meanwhile, the first thing I noticed was a reversible knit parka (43,000 yen).
The surface is a mixture of "outlast" and camback wool, which are temperature-adjusted materials.
On the other hand, the back side is a sporty detail for a different material combination as shown in the photo above! Both sides are simple, so you can enjoy 2WAY depending on the color of your pants. The texture of the wool is soft and comfortable, and since it is used as the last, it seems to be able to survive even in extremely cold winter. Listed as the top candidate for year-end golf competition wear.
In addition, if it is extremely cold in January or February, this "knit down outer" (58,000 yen) seems to be good. The main part of the body is lamb wool x nylon knit, and the collar and hem are switched to original camouflage pattern down parts. The tight and clean design makes it easy to swing with a high stretch windbreak nylon lining.
The winter accessories that can be used with unisex are simple and cute! A set of knit caps and neck warmers (16,000 yen) is a rib knit of whole garden, so the touch is not stressful and warm. This may be good for Christmas gifts for golf lovers!
In addition, golfers are also happy to be able to check a set of golf goods, such as custom-ordered caddy bags and golf shoes. I just forgot my time and stayed home.
When I left Mark ＆ Rona, a familiar logo jumped into my eyes a little earlier. Oh, WFG's "World Food Wear Gallery" was also included in GINZA SIX! I have to check this!
Founded in 1979, World Footwear Gallery is a long-established shoe store with roads in front of Jingu and Ginza. Editors take an acronym and call it "WFG" in a familiar Shops acronym and is called WFG.
This GINZA SIX store is based on the concept of "elegance that exists over time," and seems to be focusing not only on ready-made products but also on custom-made shoes and bags from Madein Japan. Also, unlike other stores, it is also characterized by selling art works of one piece.
A pair of shoes I've never seen before! These boots (74,000 yen) are Italian shoes called "HICE" (ice). The appeal of the WFG is that it discovers rare shoe brands that are hard to meet at other stores. This shoe brand is characterized by the use of seal leather with excellent durability and water resistance for all products, and the leather is part of what the people living in Greenland, which is covered in the Arctic, hunted for food. Because it is used, the quantity is quite rare. Using mouton fur for lining, you can maintain comfortable heat retention.
What surprised me was the structure of the original sole! It is called "OC-SYSTEM" based on the patented technology of ALPI, Italy. It is a revolutionary structure in which spikes appear. In recent years, there have been quite a few cases of heavy snowfall in Tokyo from January to March. It's a normal sole in the morning, and if it snows, the sole is reversible. Because I have a lady, I also wanted a little to go to Hokkaido for Sunovo.
Also, we can't overlook custom-made shoes unique to WFG. "TORU SAITO" I saw for the first time is now a recommended bispork. Yuru Saito, who learned how to make shoes from Hiroyuki Yanagimachi, one of Japan's proud shoemakers, Hiroyanagimachi, was launched in 2014 with his own name. Unlike the foot of Westerners, Saito says that the unique bispork shoes (188,000 yen-) built in consideration of the characteristics of the Japanese foot, "wide, high and narrow heels," are "width, thick, and strong shoes that capture the earth. "
Compared to bisporks in English and Italian shoes, the width is wider and the square toe-like form has a quite powerful impression, but the sidewall edge is effective and the shoes are not very beautiful. The heel cup is small for Japanese feet. If you are not wearing a lot of people and want to try a new bispork, please try it at the store.
……I was thinking of hanging around various shops, but if I found something that I was worried about in one store, I would just try on it, look at the manufacturing method, or stay a long time may be occupational illness.……I'm sorry.
There was no time right away, and today only three houses were seen. Where shall we go next? That store, which was the same as today, and that store,……I'm sorry. Enjoy the next silver swing again!
Text: Kanae Hirasawa Photos: Natsuko Okada Edit: Yuka Okada
I visited GINZA SIX when it first opened, and I’ve come back a number of times to research individual stores. But I’d never simply walked around the complex. I’d wanted to take the time to wander as I please. With some free time in Ginza toward the end of the year, I finally did.
I arrived at GINZA SIX that day right at lunchtime. I was pretty hungry, I realized—so, why not eat before walking around? I strode into il Cardinale, a restaurant with a great trattoria atmosphere like those in Florence, where I go every year for Pitti Uomo. The chef, who trained in Florence, conjures up Tuscan cuisine and other Italian flavors, so even before beginning to eat, I’m pretty excited.
OK, here we go. I look at the menu and…Stracciatella and Roasted Tomato Caprese (1,800 yen; all prices listed before tax)—what’s that? I love caprese. It’s something I eat all the time, even when I’m in Japan. But roasted tomatoes is a first. I ask the waiter. I’m told, “It’s exactly what the name suggests. The tomatoes are lightly roasted, which brings out their sweetness, like dried tomatoes.” Just hearing this persuades me it must be delicious. Now, to take a bite…
…ooh, buonissimo! Roasting the tomatoes certainly highlights the sweetness. And it goes wonderfully with the stracciatella cheese. I recommend spreading a fair amount of the cheese on the large tomato slices before every bite of the dish.
Picking up the pace, I order two more dishes. The Seafood Salad and Spelt (2,500 yen) makes abundant use of spelt, a grain gaining attention lately as a superfood. First, I simply try it as presented. After eating a little, I squeeze the lemon generously over it, which alters the flavor somewhat and lets me enjoy a new taste. This marriage of seafood and spelt is another new discovery for me.
Next is ‘Nduja Sauce and Stracciatella Cheese Vermicelli (1,800 yen), a pasta dish that combines cheese with a spicy sauce. The presentation is simple, but the combination of spiciness of the sauce and mellowness of the cheese turns out to be unusually delightful! There’s more on the menu that intrigues me as well. The next time, I plan to come back at night.
Pleasantly full after my three-course lunch, I go to the fifth floor, the Men’s Floor, where MARK & LONA store is located. I have a golf tournament at the end of the year, and I want to check out some cold-weather golf wear.
The brand’s slogan is “GOLF OR DIE.” The brand icon is a charming skull; it’s a popular brand among fashion-conscious golfers. Offering both men’s and ladies’ lines, the store is filled with distinctive golf wear certain to turn heads out on the course.
Winter golf wear has three requirements: it has to be stylish; it has to keep you warm; and it has to be easy to move around in. My eyes first alight on the Reversible Knit Parka (43,000 yen).
The outer side is a woven blend of Outlast, a temperature-regulating material, and comeback wool. It looks like a solid-color fabric from a distance, but it actually features the iconic Jacquard logo.
The reverse side, as you can see in the photo, is a combination of different fabrics with sporty details. Both sides are plain and simple, but wearing it as a two-way coat, reversing it or not, depending the color of my pants, would be great fun. The wool feels soft to the touch. It’s pleasing and comfortable. Since it features Outlast, I’m sure the coat will easily stave off even biting winter cold. I put it at the top of my list of candidates to wear during my upcoming tournament.
This Knit Down Outer (58,000 yen) would also work well in January and February, the really cold months. The main portion of the body is a lambswool and nylon knit. The patched collar and hem down parts feature an original camouflage pattern—very stylish! The cut is fitted and snug, but it’s lined with high-stretch, windbreaker nylon—easy to swing a club in, I think.
The simple unisex cold-weather accessories are appealing. This knit cap and neck-warmer set (16,000 yen) is a Wholegarment seamless rib-knit, so there’s no stress on the skin. It’s very warm. This would make a great Christmas gift for any man in your life who loves golf. Various caddy bags, golf shoes, and other items are available by special order. You can check out an entire set of golfing goods at one time, which is nice. I linger long and lose track of time.
When I finally leave MARK & LONA, a familiar logo not far ahead catches my eye. It’s WFG (for “World Footwear Gallery”). There’s a store in GINZA SIX! I have to duck in to take a look.
Established in 1979, World Footwear Gallery is a long-standing shoe store with street-level locations in Jingumae and Ginza. It’s a familiar presence in men’s magazine fashion and shoe features; editors refer to it by its initials, simply WFG.
Based on the concept of an elegance capable of transcending time, the GINZA SIX store focuses not just on ready-to-wear products, but bespoke shoes and bags made in Japan. Unlike other WFG stores, the GINZA SIX location also sells one-of-a-kind artwork.
My reaction when I see these boots (74,000 yen) from the Italian brand Hice: I’ve never seen shoes like this! Finding rare shoe brands you don’t normally find at other stores is one of the great things about WFG. All products from this brand are made of sealskin leather, which offers excellent durability and water resistance, sourced from seals hunted for food by indigenous peoples living in Greenland inside the Arctic Circle. As you would expect, quantities are limited. The mouton fur lining provides comfortable insulation.
One surprise is the creative sole design. Using patented technology from the Italian company ALPI called the OCsystem, the boots offer an innovative feature: a reversible frame embedded in the sole, which can be turned out to expose small spikes to prevent slipping on snow or in other foul weather conditions. For normal weather, the spikes can be turned back over and the rubber side turned out. For the last several years, it’s snowed heavily in Tokyo several times between January and March. You could set out in the morning, when it’s clear, with the normal soles. If it starts snowing, you could simply reverse the sole to the spiked side, like studded tires. Having a pair of these boots on hand would be great! There’s a ladies’ version as well. I want a pair now for snowboarding trips to Hokkaido.
If you visit WFG, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the made-to-order shoes. The store is currently promoting TORU SAITO Bespoke shoemaker, whose pairs I’m discovering for the first time. Toru Saito studied under renowned Japanese craftsperson Hiro Yanagimachi and began making shoes in his own name in 2014. His original bespoke shoes (starting at 188,000 yen) are made to fit Japanese feet, which tend to be wide, high in the instep, and narrow at the heel, in contrast to Western feet. As Saito-san says, “My shoes are wide and thick for a solid purchase on the ground.”
Compared to British and Italian bespoke shoes, the widths are wider and the toes are somewhat squared, design choices that together create a strong impression. The sidewall edges are pronounced, a handsome feature rarely found in ready-to-wear shoes. Another delightful feature—the heel cup is smaller to better fit Japanese feet. If you’re someone who wants to try a new pair of bespoke shoes worn by few others, I recommend coming here to try a pair.
The original plan was to wander around visiting many stores—but here I am, lingering once more in one store after discovering something new, trying things on, looking at how things are put together. It’s an occupational hazard. I’m already out of time, even though I’ve only made it to three establishments. Where should I go my next time out? The store I walked past today? That boutique and… I’m already looking forward to my next chance to wander Ginza.
Text : Kanae Hirasawa Photos : Natsuko Okada Edit：Yuka Okada
Joined SEKAI BUNKA PUBLISHING INC. in 2000 and has been involved with men’s publications ever since. Served in the editorial department of Begin until 2007 and joined the editorial department of MEN’S EX in 2008. Appointed the magazine’s deputy editor-in-chief in 2013 and editor of MEN’S EX ONLINE (https://www.mens-ex.jp) in October 2017. During Pitti Uomo, a biannual men’s fashion event in Italy, she posts her popular news reports to the magazine’s official Instagram account (@mens_ex) and to her personal account (@kanae727pitti), which has some 7,000 followers.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram