MILAN — Lardini’s first store in Japan has opened in Tokyo’s Marunouchi shopping district.
The unit covers 1,080 square feet and is marked by an almost entirely transparent facade with an expansive door that allows a view into the interior. Garments are displayed behind two glass windows between natural-stone cubes and smokescreens in woven glass.
The brand, which was launched in 1993, is no stranger to Japan — one of its biggest markets, and where it is already widely distributed via an extensive network of multibrand shops and department stores.
This is the sixth unit for the Italian brand, following three in Seoul, Busan and Daegu, South Korea; one in Xi’an in China, and one on Milan’s Via Gesù.
In Tokyo, the venue includes a Gabriele Pasini shop within a shop. The brand is also owned by the company, which is controlled by the Lardini family.
A parquet floor in natural oak was installed in a herringbone pattern which evokes the flooring of old villas and the walls are clad in ribbed oak paneling. The changing rooms have been fully carpeted in soft taupe. A large contemporary chandelier contrasts with the dark-gray ceiling.
All the furniture has been made to measure with slender structures in burnished iron brightened with colored glass, bronze mirrors and richly hued velvet upholstery.
The glass shelving, designed for flexibility, has been fitted with lights.
Andrea Lardini is president of the Italian tailoring company, which is based outside Ancona and has produced garments for a range of luxury firms, such as Burberry, Brooks Brothers and Etro.
American designer Nick Wooster partnered with Lardini for several seasons to design capsule collections for the company.
Last year, Trussardi revealed a three-year licensing agreement with Lardini for the production and worldwide distribution of a new formalwear line for men. Called Trussardi Elegance, the line debuted with the fall collection, unveiled during Milan Men’s Fashion Week in January.
Lardini recently unveiled a women’s line designed by Genea Lardini.
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