By  on April 24, 2006

TOKYO — Tomas Maier is the latest designer to take a Tokyo tour.

The creative director of Bottega Veneta was here last week to celebrate the opening of the brand’s flagship in the newly built Omotesando Hills mall. The events included a personal appearance by Maier at the store, where he launched a line of limited-edition handbags, and a fashion show of Bottega’s full ready-to-wear collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. It was the luxury leathergoods and fashion house’s first runway show outside of Milan.

The Omotesando Hills mall, a modernist glass building with smooth concrete walls, was designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando and houses about 100 restaurants and fashion brands, such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana. The 3,230-square-foot Bottega Veneta store, which has an entrance to the street, consists of two floors with different ceiling heights to give the feeling of multiple showcases. Inside, there is an S-shaped staircase connecting the high-ceilinged entrance hall to the upper level’s small, more intimate space.

The store sells such merchandise as exotic leather accessories, fine and costume jewelry, and the home collection, as well as pieces from Bottega Veneta’s burgeoning ready-to-wear business.

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