We’ve been home from Japan for a matter of hours and I’m already aching to return. Our fourteen day trip took us from Tokyo to Naoshima to Kyoto and back, and included a terrific three-day event with the wonderful Japanese retailer, Tomorrowland. Here we go!
Shortly after landing at Haneda airport, Kathryn and I met up with our good friend Hiroko – the NYC-based, Japanese-born Tomorrowland coordinator. She brought us to the Marunouchi neighborhood (home of the grand Tokyo Station, known for it’s incredible range of shops and ramen restaurants) and the Palace Hotel. We quickly got set up at the “Tomorrowland room” in the Palace – an impeccably decorated (art books galore and the biggest bed I’ve ever seen) corner room with phenomenal views of the Imperial Palace:
Kathryn & I outside the Tokyo Station // the lobbby of the Palace Hotel // enjoying the bed, TV, and views from the “Tomorrowland Room” of the Palace
After adequately admiring the exquisite room and checking out the Tokyo skyline from our balcony, we headed a few blocks away to Naka-Dori, a wide tree (and boutique) lined street close by in the Marunouchi district. Our first stop: fueling up at the Rose Bakery (we love their Parisian headquarters) in the avant-garde Comme des Garcons store, complete with a black and white spotted facade.
Over lattes, we reviewed some recent Japanese press with Hiroko (including an exciting writeup in “A-Paper” – the very cool newspaper published by Super A Market, one of Tomorrowland’s fashion-forward sister stores that stocks Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, and Celine alongside creative lucite displays, quirky housewares and a stellar cafe) and checked out the beautiful collateral Tomorrowland’s graphic team created for our imminent event:
Kathryn, Hiroko, & I in front of the windows at Tomorrowland’s Marunouchi store // Comme des Garcons on Naka-Dori // Rose Bakery’s beautiful book and Kathryn enjoying a latte // the most recent issue of Super A Market’s “A Paper” // Tomorrowland’s Summer catalogue and a brochure for the Lizzie Fortunato + Tomorrowland special event
It was then off to visit the Marunouchi location of Tomorrowland (where we were stoked to see some Lizzie Fortunato leather and lusted over Shourouk jewelry – we’re big fans! – and Fendi sandals). Next door we checked out another Tomorrowland sister store: “Land of Tomorrow“, where a perfect design scheme included a wall of Celine and a striking Alex Katz print upstairs in the men’s department.
Lizzie Fortunato leather inside Tomorrowland’s Marunouchi store // a wall of hats and scarves and Shourouk jewelry // Kathryn and I in front of Tomorrowland’s windows // b+w horse-print wallpaper lines the dressing rooms at Land of Tomorrow // a shelf of floral bibs and clutches I was admiring at Land of Tomorrow // the Lizzie Fortunato “Peru Clutch” and “Birds of Paradise” feather necklace at Land of Tomorrow
Next we popped just across the street to “Edition” (another relative to Tomorrowland that also stocks yours truly!). We loved the ivy-covered entrance to this boutique, not to mention the selection of Stella McCartney, Alyssa Norton, Alexander Wang and Tom Binns inside:
the entrance to Edition’s Marunouchi store // Kathryn and I with a stylish Edition employee (perfectly rocking the LFJ FW12 silver “Bentley” necklace // Kathryn with a copy of A-Paper // Stella McCartney wedges // The Edition stylebook and a well-heeled mannequin // The Edition sales staff with Kathryn and me
Finishing our boutique rounds and battling jet lag, we took the subway (Tokyo’s underground is ridiculously comprehensive, on-time, and clean) to Shibuya, where we ducked into Tokyu Hands: the famous Japanese mega-store that stocks everything you never knew you needed. Several friends suggested checking out their paper selection and needless to say we left an hour later, bags brimming with cute Japanese stationary, heavy note cards, and some bizarre and adorable stickers:
pastels and cards from Tokyu hands
Coming up next: coverage of a wonderful event with Tomorrowland and Tokyo highlights!