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Gonna Soak Up the Sun—Looking for Color Gonna Soak Up the Sun—Looking for Color
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.97
Ginza is dignified at place to go to for department store and dinner in families on holiday, and there is memory that vehicle-free promenade which can walk road was fun at all in a childhood. Important meeting with family is Ginza in now that became adult. It is feeling such as own family and everyday Ginza where we often come to in exhibitions on coming special place, weekdays on holiday.
It is GINZA SIX that joined Ginza repertory of such me from 2017. Let alone meal with family, we check assortment of goods and book of brand and drop in to settle slight work in cafe between appointments.
Well, it is GO to GINZA SIX where emergency declaration is canceled, and the first shopping satisfies worldly desires, sense of beauty, sensitivity. "Anyway, it wanting to bathe in the sun!" to have thought while suffering mental anguish in STAY HOME. The sun loss that enters in the rainy season without being able to fully enjoy change, cheerful climate of May during self-restraint in season, and is chronic anymore. Though it may be hot, we supply colorful wardrobe shining in summer when we want to walk the outside and will do energy charge.
At first, it is clothes. Motivation to want to go out in the case of me if there are not clothes does not go up. Okay, we check "styling/" of 4F to look for clothes which are nu to enjoy summer. This knew and, in select Shops comprised of fashion brand and by INGNI item which Kei Shirohata of popular stylist dealt with, just opened in GINZA SIX on March 19. Design which it is basically simple, it is easy to put together and is slightly boyish and twist only by Shirohata of stylist worked for is attractive. Mannish pantsuit is met at entrance.
Shopping after a long absence is fun! Item which they want to all buy which they want to wear immediately is full, and clothes of "styling/" do undecisiveness. Long dress of Cache-coeur type to be able to be also known as signature to rack comes up in a variety of colored patterns, material. Outstanding performance is inevitable when we have bodies to wear to T-shirt and underwear in even discerning cloth and silhouette.
Among original designs, individual wardrobe is inserted. Vintage closing of Shirohata select is lineup here so, too. Silky China jacket (all 52,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price) of print is pretty! Condition is very good, and selection which adult can choose is nice.
Accessories which are colorful & Arty jump into eyes. This is vintage thing and assortment of goods that select item was mixed, too. Earrings which are slightly decorative, and are eye catchy are required this season. Seasonal wearing should be completed just to add one to summer style that is apt to become lacking by one piece of article coordinates.
As for this bag (4,000 yen), gold is summeriness perfect score in original of "styling/"! In fact, it is made of this bag, special paper and is very light. That while we embezzle, wrinkle appears, and horse mackerel comes out softly. On day of mini-bag such as pochette, we have this and two, and should we do?
Shop innermost where electronic flash such as shooting studio is totally put. We purchase central red and white print dress (43,000 yen) hanging over rack here! It seemed to be vintage of the 70s and decided to take home as feeling improved when we wore. We are content very much to be able to get pretty summer wardrobe.
Important item which is indispensable to summer fashion is jewelry. We want to wear genuine article so as to repeat age in particular. We will buy only luxury jewelry from now on! To "Piaget boutique" of 1F that is determined, and often uses this in fashion shooting. Boutique which is akuseshiburu which arrives when we advance straight from entrance is atmosphere that is easy to enter in blue and white and bright shop based on gold.
Panel which is light blue Arty as for the display of window in basic tone with "Piaget blue" to hark back to blue of the deep sea is direction by the cool mood in summer. It seems to become inspiration of still life (thing) shooting by work. PIAGET ROSE (Piaget Rose) collection that is one of the signature models of Piaget exhibits to window. Form of three-dimensional rose which we modelled in flight is impressive. I want large-sized ring.
Guide that wanted to certainly also check this time this pendant (432,000 yen). Glitter of triangular motif and diamond which were set to surround green malachite by Collection name called Piaget Sunlight (Piaget sunlight) is right design feeling energy of the sun. Malachite varies in knot which entered like tree one by one, and there does not seem to be thing same for two. Such a special feeling is also attractive.
In fact, we check secretly online in order to make summer shopping plan in STAY HOME and we can try on openly at store and are moved. We think that it is the powerful charm of adult that puts luxury pendant in casual T-shirt-style shiningly daringly. And, after all, what we acquired was important for real hand, and story of shop could call, too, and attachment has sprung out to this product. "Wait" (laugh).
Lineup of KOLOR stone has abundant Piaget. As for red carnelian, blue lapis lazuli and this turquoise. We are stylish if we let watch of turquoise-colored belt and chain bracelet of turquoise affect by wrist! Summer jewelry errand must charge energy from KOLOR stone.
After all, system jewelry brings itself to have been studded with diamonds shiningly while saying this. Earrings (848,000 yen) of "poseshon" which is Aiko Nic where ring turns in motif of globe are one of the items which they want to obtain as trainer jewelry by hoop design of moderate size in usual times of adult.
Speaking of season to take the sun, we do not get discouraged for maintenance of skin either. In 1851, to be founded as Apothecary with New York, and to check "KIEHL'S" of the most pioneering existence in the skin care product which combined ingredient derived from nature; to B1F. Whenever it takes a trip to Hawaii and the United States before striking Japan, it promises to supply much KIEHL'S products with friend. Lavender and body lotion, rippubamu of flavor of Rose were personal mast by.
As humidity retention, whitening, care supplies which decide, and & sebum measures, the person including aging care demand are prepared, very much substantial lineup. At this time, we want to right examine closely targeted at special care that humidity retention after sunburn can keep strong while hearing to the staff of shop in various ways.
Recommendation is with series using flower called karendura. It is whetted for no reason by beautiful orange that bathed in the sun brightly. That karendura seems to be also called "guard of skin" and, in KIEHL'S, gathers petal from farm with very large plottage of Egypt.
A lot of petals of karendura of hand stacking seem to be shut in on essence gel mask (4,900 yen) such as fresh and juicy jelly. aroebera juice is combined, too and seems to quiet heart. It is healed in easy flavor to be relaxed. We buy this!
Furthermore, it masks oil outlet rate to have been interested (5,200 yen). To trump of humidity retention item that we want to use high quality sheet mask combining three kinds of oil which we can gather in the Amazon for the previous night of kokozotoiu day. Skin dry for a feeling of coherence that we had the back of the hand carry mask which we cut on board, but is awful is the touch breathing in oil ingredient glub-glub.
Feeling that could try various products badly, and profited. Presenting sample which seems to be good for oneself when we buy product, but illustration & message written to paper bag to put sample in being pretty! The staff of shop seemed to make freehand drawing by one bag and might say after the self-restraint and soaked into heart strangely.
We inject something cold tightly when we walk around the hall round and round and want to be refreshed. Then go down to food stores in the department store basement, and it is a blissful time that chugs fresh juice which fruit person does, but now as for "JOTARO SAITO cafe" of 4F to one of repertory. Kimono, kimono accessories which Taro deals with in kimono designer, Saito on behalf of Japan equal "JOTARO SAITO" of boutique. Kimono which performs orchid way show during fashion week performed in Tokyo, e.g., is avant garde of clothes sense such as denim can soak itself in the stylish world in Japanese dress that development, gangs were different in. To cafe which was added to boutique while checking obi of colorful colored pattern that we wanted to match with yukata on hand.
This, desert glass to the people in the know (1,500 yen). Fruit of color such as jewelry totally changes every season and can enjoy mango at the current time. Take the sun full, and mango of a ripe mouthful size enters in frozen state, moreover, as for guava and the flesh of pineapple together rumblingly!
We are tense very much at moment to put spoon. Anyway it is a shame that we break as it is too artistic. This is dessert having you scoop Zhu ttosurunodehanaku, frozen fruit with straw.
It is cold and is slightly sweet and is super juicy! It is also what refreshing feel! Jelly mixed in fruit of grounder grounder further smoothes off taste and eminent drinkability. As three kinds of fruit is eaten in turn, handle carrying another one, another one and spoon to entrance does not stop. As we are worth eating, hunger is satisfied moderately, too and already competes for the hall by person round.
Atmosphere that is Japanese modern that cafe space to be able to have "glass dessert" on was settled down. Wall looking like plaids print is woodwork work, and seat is provided in Nishijin brocade. Of course it draws breath a little in interval when it is doing exhibition rotation in Ginza, and, as for the interval of shopping, it is inevitable to be useful as working space.
Ice bar (500 yen ...) which is original on the way home as souvenir. In ice bar factory established at one corner of dyer bunch of Kyoto, is handcrafted one by one, totally chilly sweets such as art at all ... body thickness flavor 20 kinds or more. It seems to be pleased as gift of original design with box.
Sun CHARGE was ready in this. It being the powerful charm of shopping that does shopping while actually going to visit shop, and shopping that we can purchase easily online talking with the staff as for what we realized this time though it is convenient at all, and trying on. We want to use GINZA SIX as one of place to enjoy communication simply because it is such times.
Text: Atsuko Kobayashi Photos: Kanako Noguchi Edit: Yuka Okada(81)
When I was little, my family would visit Ginza on the weekends to go shopping or have dinner. I remember how much fun I had walking down the middle of the closed streets. Today, as an adult Ginza still remains an important place to be together with my family. On the weekends, it’s a special place I visit with family; on weekdays, it’s the ordinary Ginza I’m constantly visiting for exhibitions and such.
I added GINZA SIX to my personal Ginza repertoire in 2017. I’ll have dinner there with my family or visit to check out books and various brands. Or I’ll go to a café to organize my work a bit between appointments.
Now that the state of emergency has been lifted, why not head to GINZA SIX for your first shopping venture? It’s a destination designed both to satisfy your desire for things as well as exercise your aesthetic and trend sensibilities. After all these months cooped up at home, we’re all longing to go out and soak up the sun! As we whiled away days at home social distancing, the seasons have changed. The wonderful weeks of May have come and gone, not properly appreciated. Now the rainy season is here, and we are all afflicted by a chronic absence of sunlight. So what if it’s hot—don’t you want to walk around outside? Don’t you want a colorful wardrobe that celebrates the summer? Aren’t you dying for a bolt of energy?
Let’s start with clothes. Personally, I find not having the right clothes kills my motivation to venture out. My search for new clothes for this summer begins on the fourth floor at styling/. Featuring the original brand and personal selections of popular stylist Kei Shirahata, it opened at GINZA SIX recently, on March 19. The designs are basically simple and easy to coordinate, as well as somewhat boyish, with the trademark Shirahata twist—all in all, very appealing. At the entrance, I’m greeted by a mannish pantsuit.
Shopping after such a long break is fun, fun, fun! My eyes dart about, at once bedazzled and alert. There’s so much here I want to try on. I want to buy it all! The long, cache-cœur top dresses, the brand’s signature, fill the racks with a sweeping flourish of colors, patterns, and materials. Even the T-shirts and innerwear feature special fabrics and shapes—if you owned a few, oh, to what spectacular use you’d put them!
Mixed in with the house brand are some other fascinating pieces—such as the lineup of vintage clothes selected by Shirahata. Indescribably charming! This silky print qipao jacket is in great condition. It’s great to have such adult options in vintage (52,000 yen; all prices listed before tax).
I’m also drawn to the colorful, arty accessories here. The lineup is a select combination of vintage and new items. These somewhat decorative, eye-catching earrings are a must for this season. Summer styles tend toward single pieces, which can feel a little lonely. But adding an accessory like this can really help fill out your summer look.
This bag (4,000 yen) is a styling/ original—and gold gets 10 out of 10 for capturing that summer feeling! This bag is actually made with a special paper. It’s very, very light. With use and time, it gains both softness and wrinkles, which add to its character. It’s an ideal second bag for days when you’re heading out with a pouch or mini-bag.
Toward the back of the shop is a space with strobe lights, like a photo studio. Here my eyes alight on a red and white print dress hanging in the middle of a rack (43,000 yen). And I buy it! It’s 70s vintage, I’m told. Trying it on makes me feel great, so I decide to bring it home with me. I’m delighted to add this appealing piece to my summer wardrobe.
Speaking of important items essential to summer fashion, jewelry is right up there. The older I get, the more I want to wear the real thing. From here on out, I’ve told myself, I’m only buying luxury jewelry. I head to the Piaget boutique on the first floor, a brand that shows up all the time in fashion shoots. Walk straight ahead from the entrance and you’ll find yourself there. The bright, accessible boutique is appointed in blue, white, and gold, all of which adds up to an inviting atmosphere.
The window display on the theme of “Piaget Blue”, recalling the blue of the deep sea, features arty light blue panels that also conjure up cool summer moods, a potential inspiration for still life shoots for my job. In the window is the Piaget Rose collection, one of the brand’s signature lines. The three-dimensional rose forms articulated in lines makes an impression. I find myself really wanting the large ring…
This pendant (432,000 yen), part of the Piaget Sunlight collection, is the piece I knew I definitely wanted to check out. The triangular shapes set around the green malachite and the gleam of the diamonds seem to embody the energy of the sun. Malachite has knots like trees. Each is different; no two are alike. This distinctiveness is part of the appeal.
I actually studied the pendant in great detail online while planning my summer shopping as I social distanced at home. And now, I find that trying it on at the store is uplifting, inspirational. When you’re heading out with a casual T-shirt look, the option to add a sharp, luxurious pendant like this is one of the charms of adult privilege. It’s important to actually take this in your hand and try it on yourself. As I listen to the sales attendant discuss the pendant, I feel myself falling deeper and deeper in love. I will come back to pick you up, my sweet!
Piaget offers a rich lineup of colored stones, like red carnelian, blue lapis lazuli, and this turquoise. Adorning your wrist with this watch with its turquoise strap and this turquoise chain bracelet goes beyond stylish! For summer jewelry in particular, getting an energy charge from colored stones is a must.
Having said this, I’ll always love the gleam of jewelry studded with diamonds. Featuring a spherical motif with rotating ring, earrings from the brand’s iconic Possession collection (848,000 yen) are the ideal size for a hoop design and something any adult would want to wear as daily jewelry.
In the season of the sun, you’d be remiss to neglect skincare. I go to the first belowground floor to check out Kiehl’s, founded in New York in 1851 as an apothecary and a truly pioneering presence in skincare products based on natural ingredients. Before Kiehl’s arrived in Japan, I’d buy lots of Kiehl’s products whenever I travelled with my friends to Hawaii or mainland America. Back then, the lavender and rose body lotions and lip balm were personal must-haves.
Kiehl’s offers products for moisturizing, lightening, texture and sebum control, aging care, and all the other care products people want. The lineup is super extensive. At this time of year, I narrow my focus to products that address moisturizing needs after exposure to the summer sun. I begin my investigation while asking the sales attendant all sorts of questions.
I was recommended the series made with calendula flowers. For some reason, I’m fascinated by the striking orange, from which the profuse brilliance of the sun seems to shine. Calendula is like a sentry for your skin and Kiehl’s buys petals from an enormous farm in Egypt, I’m told.
The Soothing Hydration Mask (4,900 yen), which has the consistency of a very fresh jelly, is packed with hand-picked calendula petals. It also contains aloe vera juice, known for its calming qualities. And the gentle and relaxing aroma gives me a lift. I’ll take it!
My eyes alight on an Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask (5,200 yen). This high-grade sheet mask contains three oils harvested in the Amazon. Use it on the night before a big day. It’s the trump card in your hydrating care regimen. One of the staff places a cut mask on the back of my hand; it’s extremely adhesive. It feels like my dry skin is gulping up the oil.
I’ve had all these opportunities to try a whole range of products—it already feels like a good deal. When you buy a product, you get free samples of other things you might like. These come in a paper bag that features a charming illustration and message, each hand-drawn by a staff member. After so many months cooped up at home, receiving an article like this is surprisingly moving.
As I’ve been walking around GINZA SIX, I’m starting to feel thirsty. Time for a cool and refreshing drink, I think. Going down to the basement floor of a department store and gulping down a cup of fresh juice from a fruit vendor would be the pinnacle of delights. Here, I add to my repertoire Jotaro Saito Café, attached to a fourth-floor Jotaro Saito boutique that offers kimono and accessories designed by Jotaro Saito, one of Japan’s preeminent kimono designers. (The brand holds a runway show during Tokyo’s Fashion Week and offers avant-garde kimono with a Western sensibility using fabrics like denim—I recommend immersing yourself in the brand’s unique and stylish Japanese worldview.) More to the point, while checking out the colorful sashes I’m considering pairing with my yukata, I make my way to the boutique’s in-store café.
This Glass Dessert (1,500 yen) is one of those things known to those-in-the-know. The fruit, whose brilliant colors recall jewelry, changes with the seasons. The delight of this particular season is mango. The bite-sized portions of mango, ripened under the generous sun, is served frozen. The dish also features chunks of guava and pineapple fruit.
I feel a little hesitant about actually inserting my spoon. It looks so much like a work of art, it’s a pity to have to break it all up. It’s not something you drink with a straw. It’s a frozen fruit dessert mined with a spoon.
It’s cold, slightly sweet, and indescribably juicy! And the cool heat-quenching sensations! The jelly mixed with all the fruit makes it even easier to swallow. You can enjoy samples of each fruit in alternation. I have a bite, then another, then another—it’s hard to stop lifting the spoon to one’s mouth. The dessert is quite filling, too. I recommend trying it on empty stomach, maybe as refreshment for another round of shopping.
The café space where you can enjoy the Glass Dessert features a relaxed, Japanese-modern atmosphere. The lattice-like walls incorporate traditional woodworking; the seats are appointed with Nishijin fabrics. It’s an ideal place to take a break from shopping or to relax briefly between exhibitions in Ginza. Unbeatable as a place to stop and work, too.
Heading home, I buy some of the café’s original icebars as gifts (from 500 yen), each made by hand at an icebar factory located in the corner of the company’s dyeing workshop in Kyoto. A cool dessert that looks like art, it comes in more than 20 flavors, ranging from light and refreshing to thick and creamy. And they come in the café’s specially designed box. These boxes will delight anyone lucky enough to be gifted one.
I feel set for my sun charge. This time in particular, I noticed, despite the conveniences offered by online shopping, the true pleasure of shopping lies in actually going to the shops, trying on articles, buying things, and talking to the staff. In these times, in addition to the shopping, I’ll be coming to GINZA SIX simply as a fun place for communicating with others.
Text: Atsuko Kobayashi Photos: Kanako Noguchi Edit: Yuka Okada（81）
Fashion director and editor, Tokyoite, and mother of a teenage daughter at junior high school. Joined Hachette Fujingaho’s Elle Japon in 2005. Served as deputy editor-in-chief before launching freelance career. Major current responsibilities include editorial and art direction for magazines and advertising.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram