By  on April 25, 2008

TOKYO — Phillip Lim is impressed by the craftsmanship of his new flagship here, from the hand-carved wood accents to the brass screws in the walls and the mirrored box display cases. But he's most struck by the fact that the store was completed in a mere 45 days.

"It's insane. Every time I would turn around they would send me pictures because I couldn't be here all the time. I'd be like, 'OK, I'm expecting the walls will be painted,' but then there would be stairs in here and the floors were done," the designer said as workers scrambled to put the finishing touches on the store before tonight's opening party. It opens to the public on Saturday.

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