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.
IT'S A MAN'S WORLD
Male cosmetics gain the respect they deserve
|COURTESY OF JEAN PAUL
Every fashionista knows that if you want to look your best
these days, you can't go outside without a swipe of
bronzer. And this summer, women aren't the only ones
getting their hands on a bit of glowing color.
Jean Paul Gaultier Parfums' Belle Mine (¥4,735)
is being marketed to men this fall in a smaller "calling
card" size. Even in the middle of winter, a quick swipe
of this bronzer on the forehead and cheeks can make any face
But bronzer is just the tip of the male cosmetics iceberg.
While Body Shop has been on this wagon for a while, some of
the top cosmetic brands are starting to respect the diversity
and needs of men's skin. Shiseido, for example, sells
three different types of toner for men.
The Nihonbashi branch of Takashimiya also unveiled a new men's
cosmetic counter when it reopened this summer. Located next
to the escalator on the sixth floor, the counter has booths
for Shiseido Men, Jean Paul Gaultier, Aramis' Lab Series
for Men and Luciano Sporani. If you haven't heard of
Lab Series for Men, their Trifecta oil reducer is currently
the second-best-selling men's cosmetic product at England's
famous drugstore Boots.
Some men may still be hesitant to stop by a skincare counter
for a bottle of moisturizer or under-eye cream. But these
new cosmetics aren't so radical that they'll
turn the entire male race into metrosexuals. They just mean
it might have smoother skin.
Takashimaya: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku.
Tel: 03-3211-4111. Open daily 10am-7:30pm. Nearest stn: Nihonbashi.
When darkness falls, Serendipity's stylists keep
For those who wander home at odd hours of the night, there
are certain lighthouses along the journey to show you you're
not alone. One such spot is World Face, a massage and beauty
salon out by Komazawa Koen (03-3701-7709), that welcomes clients
as late-or early, depending on how you see it-as
5am. Another is their newly opened Serendipity in Roppongi.
Open until 4am on weekdays, Serendipity is built in a former
club and therefore, say its owners, can offer low-cost services.
A haircut with shampoo, for example, costs just ¥3,675.
While their sister massage parlor already serves regular foreign
customers, Serendipity is offering a ¥1,000 discount
for new customers, or ¥2,000 off for night owls who
show up between midnight and 4am (reservations recommended).
If you've already trimmed your locks for summer, nail
treatments, eyelash perms and a variety of facial courses
are also available. The space even doubles as a photo studio.
B2F Powerhouse Bldg, 7-12-3 Roppongi,
Minato-ku Tel: 03-5414-1717. Open Mon-Fri noon-4am, Sun and
hols noon-8pm. Nearest stns: Roppongi, Nogizaka.
Dr. Ci:Labo plunges ahead with an aloe version of its
popular collagen gel
Since it was first introduced in December 1998, Dr. Ci:Labo's
Aqua-Collagen-Gel has sold more than a million containers.
(That's over 500 a day.) The gel can act as a toner,
cream and base for the face and a cream for the rest of the
body. Its popularity stems from its uncanny ability to maintain
moisture despite the air conditioning, sun and other drying
elements the skin battles every day.
Taking things to a new level, Dr. Ci:Labo recently introduced
a version with aloe vera extract included in the powerful
potion of Vitamin E, sage and geranium. The only catch is
you'll have to jet off to their new store in Honolulu
to get your hands on the new gel, which is said to be especially
effective for sunburns. Trying it out after a weekend jaunt
to Enoshima, we found it helped heal a rather nasty burn as
red soon turned to a light brown without peeling. The aloe
Aqua-Collagen-Gel also prevented itchiness for longer periods
of time when it was refrigerated and then applied to the skin.
The original Aqua-Collagen-Gel is an all-seasons treatment,
and fans recommend it for dry elbows, knees or cuticles during
the winter. See ci-labo.com for more details.
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Spa, 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii. Tel: +1-808-926-8860.