Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Flashback Fabric Post, Osaka: Part 2

It was a mix of rain and shine while I was in Osaka, fortunately it was manageable and nothing close to a torrential downpour. It added an interesting somber mood whilst walking alongside a city park towards the end of the day. The photos below will relate more to just exploring and eating around and doing some market research.

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The subway cars in Osaka are rather peculiar, the wood and matte metallic finishing adds an almost vintage vibe about the cars. Even with the stark fluorescent light you feel like you're riding on something out of another era.

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The iconic Glico running man!

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Saw this huge Alaskan Snow Crab, looked a little scary but after awhile I became hungry just thinking about it. I wonder what it would taste like to combine the softness of the meat from the Alaskan snow crab in a pepper crab recipe.

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My visit to Muji was quite exciting as i had been studying the company for a little while. It was quite interesting to see the depth of the 7,500 or so items in a full on Muji flagship store.

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Seeing an in-house alteration and tailoring service inside the Muji building was quite a delight. It's impressive when you think about the customer service and the thought that went into putting this service into a store. When it boils down to it, putting out this type of customer service doesn't cost a company like Muji anything but in return it does wonders for the kind of appreciation a customer will show to have such a convenience available to them.

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All the gaijin sizes were gone.

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United Aarows is a multi-label niche retailer under United Aarows Ltd. umbrella (which comprises of several other companies and labels in Japan, one of the more notable companies they hold in Japan is Chrome Hearts), they also have their own lines Beauty and Youth and a less expensive line called SHIPS.

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Ah I forget the name of the store, I think it's called Warm Gun, right next to the Cosmic Wonder Light Source sales installation. The store carries a wide range of aesthetics ranging from Kato, Kitsune, Hunting Research, Engineered Garments, n(n), and a handful of other labels. On the left wall there are passageways to the other side of the shop which is acid washed open brick face, the lighting also looks a little DIY/construction site-ish to go along with the whole unfinished vibe. They had a number of real persian carpets adding a nice splash of color against the stark white interior as well as complimenting the open brick face in the other room. Great store.

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They did an installation just for an end of the season sale.

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Hysteric Glamour flagship... Only one word to describe it, lavish. I thought the store in Harujuku was pretty crazy, this takes it to another level. The photo doesn't do justice but, the part that's all white is the 4th floor which looks like a rectangular metal container that contains the menswear section. The shop is 4 levels with the 3rd being an open air wave like concrete slope.

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A.P.C flagship, one of the most striking details I've ever seen was the wood pressed concrete beams and steps to match the texture of the wood paneling that flows through the store.

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Archer fish extinguishing a Mild Seven.

Just a reminder that the store will be closed until mid-November, please keep your eyes peeled on the usual information channels for an update when we will be re-opening again. 


Anonymous said...

Brilliant post, your coverage of little details does us all a favor. Thank you.

cjf said...

thanks for reading