I am a freelance designer that is hoping to engage you with images and stories of travel, inspiration and other obsessions. I currently live in Tokyo, however, I have lived in 7 cities located across 3 continents.
Vendor is a unique mens shop specializing in independent Japanese and international menswear labels. The shop located in Nakameguro carries a distinctive assortment of clothing, accessories and lifestyle items targeted to those with an eye for quality and detail in their essential/basic pieces. More images from Vendor in post directly below.
Vendor - Nakameguro location: 1-23-14 Aobadai / Meguro-ku, Tokyo
A few items purchased from “Katakana” shop in Hikarie building in Shibuya. The tiny shop proudly carries items made in Japan. This is a great stop to pick up unique souvenirs and gifts.
Top image: “Shinkansen and FUJI” - Illustrated postcard by Sakura Hirai
Second image: The graphic simplicity of the store branding/packaging.
Bottom image: The few goods I bought today: postcard, stationery and a new daruma, he is different from the traditional ones because of his conical shape; a particular style from Niigata prefecture. Like the others, he is a symbol of good fortune, however, the conical shape represents a quick recovery from illness/disasters/misfortune.
Fad Three Spring/Summer 2013 Collection - The brand is offered at one of my favorite shops, Addition Adelaide right behind Omotesando Hills - I love the unisex feel of the models and clothing for this season.
Since moving to Tokyo four years ago, I am always on the hunt of finding a tasty classic burger and have since discovered several good places, one of which is, “The Great Burger” close to Omotesando. Their menu offers great American diner favorites and the space is filled with a varied collection of Americana novelty items, some of which are for sale - one surprising item was the “Joan’s on Third” canvas bag (one of my go to places for lunch while in LA).
Room Service Tokyo trade show featuring clothing, accessories, furniture and more took place inside Yoyogi National Gymnasium in February 2013. The show featured designers from Japan and other major cities in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing) with several American and European brands in the mix. The next three posts are more images captured at the show.
“Dario” was introduced at Room Service as a new mens/womens brand from H.P. France designed by Taiwanese designer Jen-Shin Hsieh - all prints are original and when viewed up close some fabrics include embroidery and texture. The collections will be available at Wall shop located on the 1st FL at LaForet.
From Room Service Tokyo trade show - “Wack” caps from Japan with graphics designed in Korea. I loved the unexpected twist of iconic sports graphics and branding - all caps are sold with McD paper bags redesigned for Wack brand. The New York Yen cap was one of my favorite designs, but all were pretty cool. Caps are not available in stores, however, if interested you can contact JK Collective for details.
Images from top: Vintage Kokeshi dolls from Babydoll
Second Row: (L) Collectible stationery, children’s coloring books, paper dolls and comics from Babydoll. (R) Interview magazine issues from 80’s available by Bohemian’s Guild by Natsume books.
Third Row: Adorable and very talented hat designer, Nozomi Kakimoto pictured here with her one-of-a-kind hats.
Last Row: Images from Studio Bowl, a design company using repurposed materials to create unique furniture and home accessories - they also offer and design shop displays and interiors. I fell in love with the driftwood table lamps!