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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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By Hanna Kite

The hills are alive
Mori Building’s Roppongi mecca welcomes Tokyoites to its members-only library at academy hills

Photos Courtesy of Roppongi Hills

More than 1,600 “world citizens” are now members of the Roppongi Hills Library community. For ¥6,000 a month, members have access to the library’s books and a café, as well as quiet, wireless LAN-installed working spaces. It’s understandable why so many people have joined in the
last year— the café, after all, has 1,000 foreign magazines.

Foreign executives are encouraged to become Office Members. For ¥60,000 a month plus a substantial joining fee, this plan offers members-only working spaces, a reading room, a meditation room, individual booths, plus free juice, coffee and spirits. Some of the private rooms have superb bird’s-eye views of Tokyo—and Aeron chairs to boot. Office memberships are popular for those who want a business space in Tokyo or execs who need a couple of quiet thinking hours to themselves.

To promote the facilities at Roppongi Hills Academy (of which the library is a part), Mori Building Co. hired Junya Ishikawa, the award-winning CEO and executive producer of Dreamdesign Co, to build a creative media installation at their entrance. Don’t miss his multicolored sports drinks hanging on the walls across from Virgin Cinemas, on display through October 21. One-day trial memberships to the library are available for ¥1,000.

49F Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6406-6649. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.academyhills.com

 


Searching the archives
Idée’s latest lifestyle shop opens in THE NEW NAVI Shibuya BUILDING

Photos by Hanna Kite

If we had to choose one interior decoration brand to love in Tokyo, it would be Idée. Besides its rockin’ shops, restaurants and apartments, now there’s one more reason for brand worship: the new Navi Shibuya building next to Marui City. Besides five new restaurants, Navi houses an unparalleled clothing and lifestyle boutique on its first two floors. Earl Archives is for the older set, with top-of-the-line yet generally affordable products. Details are key here, especially with the menswear. On first appearance some of the products look rather plain, but two of the Earl Archives brand dress shirts have an extra button on the collar, one of their suits has an extra coin pocket. Their leather goods, including a seductive stingray belt and pass case, almost steal the show.

Products from the women’s floor include coats, pleated skirts, cashmere sweaters from HLam, and pumps and zebra clogs from Michel Vivien. The shop interior is, of course, worthy of Idée. We couldn’t help but notice how the candleholders barely visible under the showcase tables matched the taffy-green tiles at the entrance. When you’re finished downstairs, be sure to stop by for a swivel in the chairs and sip of the apricot drink at Suzu Café on the third floor.

1-2F Navi Shibuya, 1-20-5 Jinan, Shibuya-ku. Open Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat, Sun and hols 11am-8pm. Tel: 03-5728-2910. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

 


Light up my life
Ross Lovegrove designs a high-tech lamp for executive desktops

Courtesy of Yamagiwa

Anyone who hates the glare of the fluorescent lights will be eternally grateful for this sleek new product from Yamagiwa. The esteemed company has produced lights that are easy on the eyes for 15 years but their newest product is especially designed to suit an executive’s desk. The ¥59,890 S1000 Biolite Eon, which folds away in three seconds, emits an isometric electrical current that simulates the sun’s rays 30 minutes after sunrise. Though usually undetectable to the human eye, florescent and incandescent lights flicker rapidly between light and dark. Studies by the company show that after two hours, the steady Biolite is 2.3 times less tiring on the eyes than a regular incandescent bulb and four times less tiring than a fluorescent light.

The Biolite Eon is designed by Ross Lovegrove, whose portfolio includes work on Sony’s Walkman as well as with Louis Vuitton, JAL and Apple Computer. Lovegrove’s designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum London. The light is available in white and black and the base acts a turntable for easy adjustment.

dadriade Aoyama: 3-16-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5770-1511. Open 11am-7:30pm, closed Wed. Nearest stn: Omotesando. www.yamagiwa.co.jp

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