TOKYO—French fashion brand and music label Maison Kitsuné opens its first permanent store and cafe' in Japan on Friday, bringing fresh, modernist takes on Japanese architectural elements and Parisian flair to this city's trendy Aoyama neighborhood.
The store features a black brick facade, white interiors, massive columns with marble details and parquet floors featuring a geometric pattern. Accents of woven straw, traditionally used in tatami flooring, are found in the display cases. The brand's cafe', just around the corner, takes the Japanese design concept even further. A path lined with walls of bamboo leads through a miniature garden to a set of sliding, slotted doors. They open to a cozy, wooden space housing a small coffee bar with a handful of stools.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"