9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku
We’ve been under Tokyo’s spell for quite some time, and we couldn’t be more excited to say these five words: We just opened goop TOKYO. In the buzzing Roppongi area, goop has taken a 2,000-square-foot space and turned it into a wellness universe, amply stocked with our organic, nontoxic skin care (if we may, the goop Discovery Set containing handy, mini versions of all our greatest beauty hits will make your skin glow like nobody's business) and bath soaks, plus the best edit of G. Sport and G. Label. In a completely new move, this is also the site of the first-ever goop café. goop Kitchen serves up the same nourishing, California-style, clean food you’ll find in all four of GP’s cookbooks and across the site. They say you should never shop while hungry, so tuck into the heavenly vegan miso kale salad and the sweet but healthy avocado chocolate mousse before losing track of time in the store. We’re open through May 26, so by all means, please come and say konnichiwa.
Comme des Garçons
5 Chome-2-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato City
Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo has always done things in her own, inimitable way. She favors black, doesn’t believe in mixing two seasons on the shop floor, and limits the availability of her clothing online, believing that the value of trying on a piece and feeling the weight and texture of the fabric far outweighs that of click-and-collect. And the Comme des Garçons flagship in the upmarket Aoyama district defies expectation. Designed by Future Systems under Kawakubo’s direction, the space looks more like an undulating glass display case than a store. Diligent shoppers make the pilgrimage here not only to gawk at the sculptural beauty but to nab those impossible-to-find runway looks.
Sure, you can go to 45rpm’s shops in New York or San Francisco, but you can also go to a day spa in a strip mall—it’s not the same thing. Pay a visit to this legendary label for its simple, beautifully constructed men’s and women’s clothes that mix elements of the Japanese countryside with European silhouettes. The shop is worth visiting on its own: a simulacrum of a Japanese residence, with floors rinsed as per Shinto tradition, and series of quiet rooms to display the label’s brilliance with cotton, denim, and indigo.
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