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Armani Jeans Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5475-1751.
Aromatherapy Associates Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-3447-1400.
Badan Baru Open: 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 035424-6661.
Benugo Open 7am-9:30pm. Tel: 03-5475-5371.
Camper Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 035423-4579.
Hug Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 035449-8989.
Ku Croissant Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5793-5150.
Le Chinois Club Open 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-5447-1688.
Les -ereides Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5789-0608.
Niwaka Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-3443-2030.
Pal'las Palais Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-3473-1198.
R gath Open 11am-9pm. Tel: 03-5447-1838.
Samsonite Black Label Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5420-2880.
Synchro Crossings Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5789-9726.
Jai Thai Palace Open 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm. Tel: 03-5793-5100.

 

 BUYLINE
Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
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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
Tokyo’s hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japan’s 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 O’Hara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
519: Bra-vo
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 it’s a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon stroll, there will be times this summer when you’ll want to keep the sun off your face. †Martin Webb hunts down Tokyo’s 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 city’s cultural hub. This is the consumer capital of the world, and it’s 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 Valentine’s 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 spending
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea Aoyama
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
Shibuya sportswear
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
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Haute haven

Forget Roppongi Hills’ aspirations to be the city’s cultural hub. This is the consumer capital of the world, and it’s all about shopping. Martin Webb reports.

Lancetti’s classy new boutique

Premium office space, luxury apartments and grand function rooms abound in Roppongi Hills, but for those not buying into it, the three landscaped tiers packed with over 200 restaurant and retail outlets offer ample opportunity to purchase a little piece of the gargantuan complex. And the high profile names that have given their seal of approval to the project, including Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Mikimoto, Christian Lacroix, Cole Haan, Bally, Kate Spade and MaxMara, make it all the more easy. Here’s a sampling of shopping opportunities awaiting style-conscious spendthrifts at Roppongi Hills.

 

Metro Plaza
Make your way towards the monster complex from Roppongi subway station, and Metro plaza is the first zone you encounter. Modeled on a European train terminal, it has a bustling atmosphere and is packed with coffee shops, health food stores, bars and eateries including Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Top shops here include:

York Terrace
Margaret Howell, Tsumori Chisato, and Rebecca Taylor are just some of the big names at this designer brand shoe store.

White Trash Charms
Previously available only in boutiques, this glam rock-influenced jewelry brand has shot to popularity in the States and looks set to go down a storm here too.

Parcae Ruby
The first Parcae Ruby boutique in Japan stocks wild and sexy celeb-style fashions with a focus on stylish bottoms and accessories.

West Walk
The largest of the commercial areas, West Walk incorporates the four-story glass roofed Galleria, which features an enormous waterfall cascading down from the side of the Tokyu Plaza Hotel. Besides the impressive array of women’s wear, accessory and bag stores, this is the area to come for currency exchange, post, travel, dental and healthcare services. Here’s the pick of the bunch in West Walk:

Lancetti
Venerable Italian couture house Lancetti is set for a high fashion revival after appointing avant-garde Brazilian designer Icarius as its creative director. Keep an eye on this store for some cutting-edge creations.

Milanese fashion brand Byblos’ new store

Byblos
After two critically acclaimed Milan catwalk showings under the direction of a new three-man design team, this creative-yet-wearable brand is back in the headlines and ready to win fans in Japan with a slick new Roppongi Hills boutique.

Yurindo
The comprehensive selection of foreign books here makes Yurindo a beacon to outsiders across the capital, and this new branch will be a godsend for the Tokyo literati and anyone seeking tasteful gifts.

Cool stuff for kids at Ribbon Hakka Kids

Ribbon Hakka Kids
Moms who want to spoil their kids should be making a beeline for this Claudio Carlucci-designed store stocking clothes, toys and games for kids up to 10 years old.

 

Products of C.P. Company
Italian fashion for tough guys, this label’s rugged work- and military-inspired clothing puts practicality first without ever compromising on style.

 


Hill Side
Connecting the subway station and residential complex, this semi-open walkway has been given a distinctly Oriental theme and features no less than 12 Asian-influenced restaurants and cafés. Far East-inspired fashion labels Vivienne Tam and Anna Sui line up alongside funky Japanese designer brand Zucca here.

Keyaki-zaka Complex
Occupying the four lowest floors of the cinema complex, this zone acts as a connecting hub for the four main areas. Subterranean shopping highlights include venerable luxury leather specialist Cole Haan and its revamped Swiss rival Bally. Also keep an eye out for London fashion celeb Lulu Guinness’ new bag store and a café from trendsetting interior empire Idée.

Roppongi Keyaki-zaka Street
This gently sloping, tree-lined street is perhaps the most un-Japanese of the four major zones. At over 11,000m2, it offers plenty of scope for leisurely strolls and laid-back coffee consumption in between bursts of self-indulgent luxury shopping. Highlights include boutiques from Kate Spade, Christian LaCroix and Emma Hope dotted in amongst the selection of around 20 luxury stores:

Louis Vuitton
Don’t groan. Since Marc Jacobs has been handling the world’s most powerful bag brand, it’s become more than just the monogram and Damier check.

Issey Miyake
Creative director Naoki Takizawa is still pushing the Issey Miyake brand forward, and this season’s Wearable Book collection is a great example of the firm’s collective design genius.

Wine Shop Enoteca
The most comprehensive selection of wines from around the world is complemented by cheese, glassware and books in this new store. A storage facility is also available for miserable creatures without their own cellars.

Pearly greats at Mikimoto

Mikimoto
As part of the Japanese establishment, the world’s most revered pearl accessory maker was almost obliged to take up a space in Roppongi Hills.

 

Hollywood Beauty Plaza
A huge sign on the side of the Office Tower building announces the presence of this high-end international beauty salon staffed by bilingual hair stylists and beauty therapists trained in Europe and the US. Ladies’ hair cutting, coloring, make-up, nail art, facials, pedicures and a barber service for the guys are provided in English/ German/Japanese.

Photo credit: courtesy of Mikimoto, courtesy of HAK, courtesy of Itokin

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