Japanese clothing designer Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion house has filed for bankruptcy protection in a Tokyo court. The company said Friday its sales had been battered by sluggish demand amid the global economic slowdown with debts totaling six billion yen ($67 million). Integral Corp., a Japanese investment company also announced today that it will be sponsoring … Continued
Bloomberg reports that Gianni Versace will shut down its stores in Japan as there is decline in the demand for luxury goods. The fashion company has three stores in Japan, one in Osaka, one in Tokyo and one in Chiba according to the Versace website. Versace, which entered Japan in 1981, isnâ€™t the first brand … Continued
Straight from Japan Kanto’s Syd 5 iPod Speaker packs in 80 watts of power, a bass reflex port, and a frequency response of 45hz to to 20Khz. Audio is delivered through 5.25” low-range and and 3” high range drivers. The SYD 5 weighs in at more than 20 pounds, and its four drivers are capable … Continued
Japanese Design house Felissimo is launching an inspirational new product called the 500 Colored Pencils, a subscription of 500 different colored pencils. The way to get them is unique. If you order this product, youâ€™ll get 25 color pencils each month. After 20 months, you will get all of them. As the year progresses, your … Continued
We have followed Hermes helicopter earlier too and today itâ€™s time to tell you all about Japan’s first Hermes helicopter. The service will provide a 30-minute luxury helicopter shuttle service between central Tokyo and Narita International Airport. The Hermes helicopter features calf-leather seats and walls decorated with the brandâ€™s signature Toile H fabric used in … Continued
If you think China is still a developing country, this piece of news is going to surprise you.
Imagine a beach where the sky is always blue, itâ€™s never too hot or cold, the water isnâ€™t filled with salt and pollution, and the surf is always perfect. Welcome to Ocean Dome, the worldâ€™s only indoor beach! Ocean Dome is known as the worldâ€™s largest indoor water park with a retractable roof. The air … Continued
A farmer in the town of Tsukigata in Hokkaido, Japan, has grown watermelons that are shaped like pyramids! The farmer attained this shape by putting the watermelon in a pyramid-shaped plastic casing and hanging it upside down. Sixteen of the pyramid-shaped watermelons have been shipped to shops across the country, including the Iwataya department store … Continued
Tokyo is the world’s most expensive city, according to Mercer’s 2009 Worldwide Cost of Living survey released today, with the cost of living up 13.1% from 2008. Japan’s capital is followed by Osaka and Moscow, which held the top spot in last year’s rankings. Geneva comes in fourth. The significant changes from last year are … Continued
Louis Vuitton Japan has created an original game for mobile web SNS and game portal site Mobage Town by DeNA. The free game, called Precious Cargo, will have a limited run from June 25th to July 7th. The game invites participants to arrange the brandâ€™s icons in a specific formation to reveal images of the … Continued
Giorgio Armani has recently opened a huge new store near Louis Vuitton over Roppongi Hills with limited edition commemorative items and a lineup of the latest from this fashion icon. The interior of the new store was deisgned by Armani himself and includes walls of glass, granite floors and a three VIP lounges for those … Continued
The Japanese tuners from ASI have released the ASI Ferrari F430 body kit and announced various other carbon fiber body parts for the Italian supercar. The ASI Ferrari sports a unique body kit that consists of a new front bumper, aggressive side skirts and a bold rear bumper. Although the parts were styled to provide … Continued
June is the traditional start of the Japanese rainy season and you can be golden for showers with this solid gold mug that is so appropriate for getting through this Great Recession. Worth $50,000, the item has been introduced as part of gold manufacturer Ginza Tanaka’s latest collection. The firm has created the Summer Cool … Continued
“Japanâ€™s trend-chasing office workers and ladies who lunch are giving up Louis Vuitton handbags and Chanel jackets for Zara dresses and Gap jeans, making what was a favourite market for luxury manufacturers into one of their biggest headaches. The downturn is forcing customers in Japan to scale back purchases of luxury goods, accelerating a long-term … Continued
French jeweler Mauboussin gave away 5,000 tiny diamonds as part of a promotion in Tokyo on Monday. The tiny diamonds were 0.1 carat diamonds worth about $50. Mauboussin’s flagship Japan store opened in Ginza, one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Japan, in February. But the store had often been empty because … Continued
Louis Vuitton recently opened their new temporary /underground/ store in Tokyo, located in the Seibu department store of Ikebukuro. The store is completely different in terms of interior than other Vuitton spaces and takes a more raw and industrial approach. To celebrate the opening, Louis Vuitton invited American rapper Kool Keith for a performance.
Softbank Mobile Corp. unveiled its new summer phone lineup Tuesday, including a solar model and a handset designed by Giorgio Armani. This new handset, called the 830SC Emporio Armani Model, was specifically designed for the Japanese market. The stylishly sleek cell phone has LED light embedded in its side spelling out the brand’s name for … Continued
Toto, the company well known for its innovative toilets, showcased the new, artistic Waza Miyabi collection at the KBIS (Kitchen/Bath Industry Show) 2009. The patterns for these toilet models are based on sho-chiku-bai, which means â€œpine, bamboo and plumâ€ in Japanese. â€œEach toilet is hand-painted in vivid colors with intricate detailing, creating a piece of … Continued
Following up on the previous post about the new Takashi Murakami in-store decoration for Louis Vuitton and the new Multicolor Spring Pallet, the artist also produced a great little animation movie – Superflat First Love. The plush toys that are in store, appear in the animation movie as well.