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Finally, there are only a few years left in 2018. I want to find a special reward for myself who is a little tired because of the busy season for Christmas and the end of the year. That's why I walked across the Ginza area's largest complex GINZA SIX. The building, which has about 240 stores from the second basement floor to the 13th floor, has art arranged everywhere, including the atrium space in the center, and it is unique to GINZA SIX that you can shop while watching the work.
The first thing I visited was the British luxury brand "Mulberry", which is famous for its high quality leather items, while many stores and works are behind my hair. In the store on the third floor, there are plenty of leather goods and wear by Johnnie Coca, who became the creative director of the brand in 2015, and there are many bags that can be bought in the 100,000 yen range. Then let's focus on bags and small leather.
The small bays water (150,000 yen * All + tax, which can also be used as a shoulder bag, is characterized by a classical design, can be used widely from everyday use to business and excursions, and the side gusset is closed by hand. If you pull it, you can enjoy two expressions in the original tote type. There is no doubt that it is the best design for me, who has a lot of monotone styles, but in 2019, "I want to create myself differently than usual", so this time I dare to avoid basic colors and designs.
Hamstead (172,000 yen), who has been inspired since the 1960s, jumped into the store. This bag, which reflects the pleasant and unconscious image of the time, is characterized by a rounded form, and the front is designed with a rider's lock type fastener and leather drawstring, which is a bearberry signal. Deployed in a vivid color patch like spring and summer. The origin of the name Hamstead is derived from the famous swimming pool in the UK or the recreation area on the lake shore. He says, "I change the image of the clothes just by changing the bag," but I often chose basic colors such as black and beige as if rebellion against it, but by adding a bag of beautiful color I realized again that the range of coordination was wider than I expected. Even if an adult woman has it, it does not feel uncomfortable, and the storage capacity is perfect, so it will be very useful as an item to color the spring and summer coordinates.
Don't forget to give gifts to your friends and family this year. I want to give an important person a stylish wallet or card holder that is not unique and can be used for a long time. The continental card folder (30,000 yen each), which can be used as a mini wallet, is a small design that fits in a mini bag, so it is easy to use and perfect for formal outfits. It will be useful at reception parties. In addition, there are plenty of color variations, such as a continental credit card slip (20,000 yen each) with a croco type, so it is fun to choose while imagining the character of the person you want to present.
Next, we headed for "See By Cloé (See By Chloé. It boasts one of the largest in Japan and has a full line of bags and shoes, including Lady to Wea. The theme of the 2019 Spring Collection is "ARTY PARTY GIRL", which has rich sensitivity inspired by various cultures. By mixing all kinds of tastes, such as animal patterns and nostalgic flower patterns, without fear, it seems to reflect the image of a modern woman living freely and robustly.
For the top of the leopard print (39,000 yen), which looks like a flower pattern, it is recommended to lay wide pants and a medium skirt. At first glance, it looks feminine, but depending on the arrangement such as the waist mark with a thick belt, you can enjoy a masculine style. Simply combining it with a basic bottom will surely add a gorgeous touch and complete the seasonal mood. It looks very useful.
The animal motif must not be forgotten as a trend in the spring of 2019. With a simple detachment, the decorative decorative decoration and pattern will attract attention. Nevertheless, for me who always sticks to the basics, there is some resistance to flashy colors and patterns, and it is extremely difficult to incorporate animal motifs. A jacket with a zebra pattern (132,000 yen) proceeded there. He said, "It looks great!", But he resisted only the edge-effective design, but he tried on it for the time being. When you actually wear it, it has a chic color and a modern atmosphere. Many people start with the animal pattern at the point, but this spring it is an ant to try it with a leading-class outer without hesitation?
You can't miss Christmas-only items. The separately sold strap with Mokomoko fur is changed to winter specifications just by changing it to Joan (center) in the signal bag. The adorable matryoshka bag (right) full of playfulness is likely to aim for Instagram. In addition, a sporty backpack (left) creates such an elegant atmosphere in See By Chloé. All are pleasing as Christmas gifts, and since they are released only in Japan, we want to keep them down as soon as possible.
The last is to select Shops, which gathered European creations, went to H.P.FRANCE BIJOUX on the second floor. One-runk high fashion jewelry pursuing European creations is lined up in a row, and eyes are nailed to displays like a fairyland! At the entrance, luxurious objects by Stefano Poleti, who handles fashion jewelry, are arranged to further enhance the Christmas mood.
The French jewelry brand "REDLINE" is a happy gift. Invented a delicate jewelry colored by cords, chains, and diamonds, using the "red string of El Sallem" as an inspiration source. As it changes the talisman, it also serves as a reward for yourself as well as a gift for important people. I want to enjoy the stylish playfulness of adults by freely layering my favorite motifs.
"IOSSELLIANI", a combination of Italian Roberta Paolutch and Paolo Jacomeli, is a favorite brand that has been used for a long time. A solid accessory that inherits the Italian metalwork technique is an indispensable item for my style. I usually wear black on a regular basis, and rather modern taste than feminin, so large accessories are indispensable. One of my favorite items is the fringe pierced earring (21,000 yen). Swarovski crystals are placed on the studs and can be worn separately from fringes, so it is nice to be used according to the coordination of the day.
In addition, a tea brand "BELLOCQ" from Brooklyn, New York, is also on sale, and this time, LE HAMMEAU (atelier bag 1,900 yen) of NO.12 was specially received in the store.
Comfortable fragrance blended with herbs relaxes with luxurious space.
When it comes to rewarding jewelry for me, I get lost. In such a case, it is good to first calm down and imagine your own closet while drinking tea, which item is best.
I've been to GINZA SIX for a long time, but there's too much I want and I'm still getting a reward for myself.……I'm sorry. It's the real pleasure of shopping to think about it slowly! So let's walk across the GINZA SIX next weekend.
Text: Megumi Otake Photos: Teruo Harikoshi (TRON) Edit: Yuka Okada
2018 is just about a wrap. Heading into Christmas and New Year’s, I’m even busier than usual, so I want to treat my somewhat tired self to something special. I’m here wandering GINZA SIX, the largest commercial complex in the Ginza area. From the second belowground floor up to the 13th floor, it’s home to some 240 stores and restaurants and features a spacious atrium at the center and artwork throughout. You can appreciate art while you shop, a distinct benefit of GINZA SIX.
I feel all the stores and works of art pulling at my elbows, but my first stop is Mulberry, a renowned luxury brand and the pride of Britain, known for its high-quality leather goods. Inside the store on the third floor, there’s an extensive lineup of leather goods and apparel by Johnny Coca, the brand’s Creative Director since 2015. The prices are reasonable; many bags are between 100,000 and 200,000 yen. That being the case, I’ll primarily look at bags and small leather items.
The Small Bayswater (150,000 yen; all prices listed before tax), which also serves perfectly as a shoulder bag, is a classic design—suitable for a broad range of settings, from everyday use to business and short trips. Plus, if you push the side gussets with your hand, they close; pull them apart, and the bag returns to its original tote shape. Two form factors in one! My typical style is monotone, so this would normally be the optimal design for me; but, in 2019, I want a somewhat different me. Today I’m steering clear of basic colors and designs.
The Hampstead (172,000 yen), inspired by the 1960s, catches my eye. Reflecting the hedonistic, carefree vibe of the era, the bag has a distinctive rounded form, with the brand’s iconic Rider’s Lock in the front, and a leather drawstring. It comes in bright spring and summer colors. The name “Hampstead” points to Hampstead Heath and Britain’s famous swimming ponds and adjacent health resort. If you change your bag, it’s said, you change the impression your clothes create. I’ve always resisted this impulse. I often choose basic colors like black or beige. I realize once again that adding a beautifully colored bag broadens your range of outfit choices, perhaps even more than I’d expected. An adult woman can carry this bag with no trace of awkwardness. And the bag is roomy. I’m sure it will play a major role in coordinating my spring and summer looks.
I shouldn’t forget presents for family and friends who’ve helped me over the past year. Ordinary gifts won’t do for the special people in my life; I want to give them a stylish wallet or card holder they’ll use for years to come. The Continental Card Holder (30,000 yen each), which can also be used as a mini-wallet, is small enough to fit in a mini-bag. It’s really convenient. It would go perfectly with formal attire. I can see it carried by guests at receptions and formal parties. The crocodile embossed Continental Credit Card Slip (20,000 yen each) and other items come in various colors. You can have fun choosing the color that matches the personality of the person you’re shopping for.
I head next to See By Chloé, also on the third floor. One of the largest of the brand’s locations in Japan, it offers a full line of ready-to-wear apparel, bags, and shoes. The theme of the 2019 spring collection is Arty Party Girl—perhaps an individual with an eclectic sensibility inspired by various cultures. The collection features a bold mix of tastes, including animal prints and nostalgic floral prints, said to reflect today’s intense and independent women.
This leopard print top (39,000 yen) is designed like a floral print. It’s recommended for layering with wide pants or a medium-length skirt. It has a feminine air at first glance, but you could mark the waist with a thick belt. So, depending on the arrangement, you can create a fun, more masculine look. Just pairing it with basic bottoms would undoubtedly add luxurious flair and create perfect in-season ambiance. It would definitely be convenient.
Don’t forget that animal motifs are a trend for spring and summer 2019. I have a premonition that the prevailing spirit will slough off simplicity to embrace ostentation, ornaments, and patterns. But having said this, I’m all about basics all the time. I tend to resist loud colors and patterns. Incorporating animal prints into my style is quite the stretch. And, strangely enough, I’m recommended this zebra print jacket (132,000 yen). I’m told: “It will look great on you!” But the edgier the design, the more I dig in my heels. Still, I try it on. And when I do, I find it confers a nicely modern air, perhaps due to the chic color tones. Most people just starting out with animal prints add them in small portions. But, this spring, why not go bold with a major item like an animal print outer?
The limited-edition Christmas items are also can’t-miss. You can add the separately sold furry straps to the brand’s signature Joan bag (center) to repurpose the bag for winter. The adorably whimsical Matriochka bag (right) would look great on Instagram as well. The sporty rucksack (left), in the hands of See By Chloé, is wonderfully refined. All would make perfect Christmas gifts. They’re available only in Japan, so you may want to hurry.
Lastly, I head to H.P.France Bijoux, a European mixed-label boutique on the second floor. The displays here really catch my eye. They look like something straight out of a fairy tale, flaunting high fashion jewelry, as the boutique pursues an even higher standard for European creations. The entrance is adorned with a gorgeous art object made by Stefano Poletti, a fashion jewelry designer, which heightens my sense of Christmas cheer.
Anyone would be delighted to receive the gift of jewelry from Redline of France. Inspired by the Jerusalem red string, the brand offers delicately rendered jewelry featuring grace notes of cords, chains, and diamonds. The pieces here are charms, so you can treat yourself to good fortune or give one to a special someone as a gift. The freedom to mix and match the motifs that strike your fancy, it turns out, is whimsical fun for stylish adults.
Iosselliani, from the two-person Italian team of Roberta Paolucci and Paolo Giacomelli, is a brand I’ve admired for a long time. The weighty accessories, which draw on traditional Italian goldsmith techniques, are a cornerstone of my personal style. I regularly wear black; my tastes, you could say, are more modern than feminine, meaning larger accessories are indispensable. I especially like the fringe earrings (21,000 yen). They feature Swarovski crystal studs. You can detach the fringe part from the crystal stud for different occasions or depending on the day’s clothing, something I love.
The boutique also sells Bellocq tea from Brooklyn, New York. The tea I’m drinking here, by special permission, is No. 12 Le Hammeau (Atelier Bag; 1,900 yen).
The pleasing aroma of the herb blend establishes a luxurious, relaxing atmosphere. When it comes to treating myself to jewelry, I go back and forth and can’t decide. It would be a good idea, I think, to calm myself, then consider the optimal piece while enjoying tea and mentally reviewing the contents of my closet.
It’s the first time I’ve been to GINZA SIX in a while; there’s so much I want, and I still can’t decide what to get for myself. Taking your time to consider this and that is one of the essential charms of shopping. Thinking such thoughts, I find myself leaning toward returning next weekend to GINZA SIX to continue my wandering.
Text：Megumi Otake Photos：Teruo Horikoshi（TRON） Edit：Yuka Okada
Fashion editor and writer. Graduated from college and studied abroad. After returning to Japan, joined the editorial department of the fashion magazine Ollie girls. In 2005, joined Rittor Music. Focused also on event production as deputy editor-in-chief of the fashion and club culture magazine LUIRE. Joined INFAS Publications in 2012, gaining experience at the seasonal WWD Magazine and fashion weekly WWD Japan. Currently works freelance, editing and writing primarily for fashion magazines and online media.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram