In Store: Jet, set, go!
With the holiday high season just around the corner, trendy
travelers are in hot pursuit of packing accessories. Globe-trotter Martin
Webb goes in search of the superlative suitcase.
For the girl-about-town who looks stateside for her inspiration, Coach's
functional and classic bags are an obvious choice. The New Yorker's brand
of choice was once a somewhat fusty leather-goods brand, but the recent
arrival of former Tommy Hilfiger designer Reed Krakoff as creative director
has seen it soar to the height of fashion. Ever keen to keep up with trends
in the Big Apple, stylish-yet-sensible ladies across Japan have been snapping
up everything from Coach cell-phone cases to carry-ons. With the opening
of an elegant new flagship in Ginza, adjacent to the glass-tiled Hermes
building, the brand looks set to go from strength to strength. An astounding
range of products, including tasteful hats, sunglasses and agendas are available
alongside the mainstay of beautifully crafted bags. Coach's travel goods
are also of the finest quality, with the variety of shapes and sizes ensuring
there is something for every journey. For trendier numbers, check the Hamptons
collection or the smaller "limited edition" line.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 5-4-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-5537-5145. Nearest
stn: Ginza, exit B6.
Once a dealer in exotic tobacco, Dunhill has long since divorced itself
from peddling the wicked weed. These days, in its reincarnation as a luxury
men's lifestyle brand, the game is marketing the image of the classic
English gentleman and it's putting on a jolly good show. Dunhill
suited and booted filmmaker Guy Ritchie for his marriage to Madonna and
is also behind the official suit of the Japan national soccer squad. Last
Dunhill's first stand-alone store in Japan was unveiled in Ginza,
with the grimacing profile of a British bulldog plastered across one wall
and the brand's maroon color scheme set off with bamboo flooring.
Inside, the bespoke tailoring service, smoker's paraphernalia and
business bags are all highly desirable for the dashing and dapper executive.
Launched alongside the new store was a Dunhill luggage line, made to order
by none other than England's Globe-Trotter.
Incorporating this year's sports theme, the cases are finished
with basketball rubber, and make a fitting accompaniment for the gentleman
on a Mediterranean island hop, safari or city break.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 6-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3289-0511. Nearest
stn: Ginza, exit X9.
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While Fendi and Louis Vuitton have the market fairly well cornered when
it comes to the baggage des arrivistes at the arrival lounge, there's
only one option for the traveler with impeccable taste. From modest workshops
in Hertfordshire, England, Globe-Trotter's century-old tradition of painstaking
craftsmanship is alive and well. These classic and refined cases are so
robust that they can be passed down to your grandchildren and even beyond.
Having gained something of a cult following in Japan, Globe-Trotter is
moving full steam ahead with two new projects. The Safari series, a sand-colored
line suitable for the most intrepid of journeys, features a trolley case
(D17 x W39 x H55cm) for ¥128,000. The other is a collaboration with
English/Japanese husband-and-wife fashion design team Eley Kishimoto whose
"ocean view" and "ropey" prints now line Globe-Trotter's
distinguished trunks and cases. Reel in the trolley case (D23 x W43 x
H75cm) for ¥118,000 and let your chest swell with pride as the most
elegant and stylish luggage on the planet slips onto the carousel to gasps
of envy from all your fellow voyagers.
Globe-Trotter suitcases are available at United Arrows Changes, 5-17-9
Tel: 03-5464-2711. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae. Dressterior Daikanyama,
2-7 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5428-8330. Nearest stn: Daikanyama.
For the traveler who seeks to combine sleek design with practicality,
a Mandarina Duck suitcase holds the answer. Frog, a semi-rigid model,
is the current hot seller. Its ergonomic shape and fetching colors are
suitably stylish to drag to any point of the compass, and the lightweight
polypropylene/aluminum construction allows for a good degree of expansion,
which is great when trying to stuff in that bottle of port you couldn't
resist at duty free. But Frog comes with a conundruma choice of
wheelsforcing you to opt for "daring" yellow or
cop out and choose the conservative alternative to match the lining. Dune,
Frog's nylon, trolley-type sister, makes for a slightly less emphatic
trundle, yet by virtue of its smooth Italian lines seems somehow sexier
than the standard soft-side. The pictured model, 53V02 (W40xH55xD20cm),
costs a reasonable ¥45,000. These cases, plus an abundance of Italian
minimalist postmodern, high-tech industrial design items, including clothing
for men and women, are available at the Mandarina Duck concession in Shinjuku's
Odakyu department store. Put it on the itinerary of your next epic adventure.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 1F Odakyu Dept Store, 1-1-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.
Tel: 03-3342-1111. Nearest stn: Shinjuku, south exit. www.mandarinaduck.com
Agnes b Voyage
Situated just across from Moschino on a quiet Minami-Aoyama intersection
is this tidy little store dedicated to smart travel. Anti-fashion label
agnes b has long since appealed to the craving for neatness and order
in the Japanese aesthetic. With the three-story flagship shop just a stone's
throw away, this offshoot is devoted entirely to the brand's bright
and bubbly bags. The bare marble floor, narrow windows and unfussy layout
make for a cool atmosphere in which to handle the vast collection of nondescript
nylon bags and leather accessories on display. Almost everything is stamped
with the brand's agnes b, b, or salamander logos, and CD and MD
cases come with a vive la musique-inscribed guitar pick. Among the many
stark black numbers are several stand-outs, such as a white-leather bucket
bag with square cut-outs, and a blurry geometric print tote. The luggage
corner holds few surprises, except in the price department. A clever holdall-cum-trolley
type in charcoal (H55 x W36 x D32cm) rolls in at just ¥29,800. A
standard black nylon case with telescopic handle (H61 x W46 x D19.5cm),
comes in at ¥31,800. A calm space with easy-to-like products, agnes
b Voyage is worth a layover before your next journey.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 4-22-5 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3405-5793.
Nearest stn: Omotesando, exit A4.
Photo by Anatole Papfilippou,
courtesy of Mandarina Duck and Globe-Trotter Japan
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IN STORE ARCHIVE:
535: Anything goes
Add a little spunk to your life at Tokyo's zakka housewares shops. Hanna
Kite visits five of the best.
531: To a tee
Tokyos hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japans
top talents. Hanna Kite dresses down.
527: Treasure chests
Hanna Kite checks out five Tokyo jewelers that offer the perfect setting
for your next shopping excursion.
523: Arts and crafts movement
Trina OHara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
Move over, Hello Kitty. Sexy has finally replaced cute in Tokyo's lingerie
stores. Hanna Kite reports.
515: Bowled over
Trina O'Hara tracks down the latest tableware to suit any time of day.
511: East meets nest
Trina O'Hara finds that Tokyo's flea markets and shrine sales suit all types
of personalities and interests.
503: The write stuff
Hanna Kite takes notes at Tokyo's finest pen and paper boutiques.
499: Blasts from the past
Tokyo trendsetters have a knack for making old fashions new again. Jennifer
Au goes back in time at the city's coolest vintage clothing stores.
495: In the bag
From haute to mass-market, designer to dowdy, Tokyo has a tote to suit every
taste and budget. Jennifer Au tracks down the best.
491: Paper chase
Steve Trautlein goes on a search for Tokyo's best English booksellers.
487: Happy trails
A love affair with the great outdoors is easily consummated at these Tokyo
retailers. Steve Trautlein gears up.
483: Top hats
Whether its a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon
stroll, there will be times this summer when youll want to keep the sun
off your face. Martin Webb hunts down Tokyos best headwear suppliers
so you can stay shady in style.
479: Oriental express
This summer, all things Asian are hot stuff. Martin Webb finds out how to
get the look without breaking the bank.
474: Haute haven
Forget Roppongi Hills aspirations to be the citys cultural hub.
This is the consumer capital of the world, and its all about shopping.
Martin Webb reports.
468: New kit on the block
Backed by street-wise fashion chain store Beams, these seven new stores
are upping the style quotient in Daikanyama. Martin Webb sizes up this brand
new shopping experience.
463: Can buy me love
Stuck for ideas about how to make Valentines Day extra memorable this
year? Martin Webb shops around for some great gift ideas for lucky ladies.
452: Perfect timing
For the rushed residents of our fair metropolis, keeping an eye on time is one
of life's little necessities.
448: House of style
The newly open Marunouchi Building is drawing legions of eager shoppers from
all over Japan
445: Present perfect
Tired of wasting your yen on last-minute gifts at duty free?
441: Toy story
Martin Webb tackles every parent's annual ennui and finds playthings that could
earn you more peace and quiet than you bargained for
437: Natural selection
Seven new "select shops" are giving style seekers an excuse to keep
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea
429: Jet, set, go!
With the holiday high season just around the corner, trendy travelers are in
hot pursuit of packing accessories
425: Loud and clear
No home is complete without a sound system, and for audiophiles, time at home
revolves around those little black boxes
421: Red brick revival
Once at the heart of Yokohama's bustling port industry, Akarenga Soko has a
new lease of life as an exclusive entertainment and retail complex
417: Eye browse
An eyewear boom has seen new stores open and old favorites prosper
413: Sporting goodies
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
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