City Guide: Tokyo

Tokyo

My semi-annual trips to Tokyo is what keeps my inspiration juices flowing. The energy I get from this city is like no other. Here are some of the places I managed to visit on my last busy trip.


 

SHOPPING

I always visit the golden triangle – Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku – for all my craziest fashion needs and just to get a general feel of the current state of trends. I already get inspired by the vibrancy of the street style. There are many places we sell our collections in these areas, including two of the best department stores Seibu Shibuya and Isetan Shinjuku, so it´s always mixing work with pleasure.

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KOENJI

Every time I’m in Tokyo, I try to find new places. Koenji, just a stop from Shinjuku, is probably the coolest neighbourhood in Tokyo at the moment. It’s home to an expanding creative scene. You can shop for vintage clothes and vinyl records, go to live music bars and just generally walk around and get immersed in culture and creativity on every step.

Koenji


 

SAKURA

This was my fourth time in Tokyo during Spring. I had seen cherry blossoms before but I had never been in Tokyo during the peak blossoming season. Now I know what the hype is about! My greatest experience to view the cherry blossoms was in Tokyo Midtown. It´s especially powerful to look at the fluffy trees from above. It reminded me of seeing first snow of the season.

Sakura


 

MIRAIKAN SIENCE MUSEUM

It´s no surprise that I am a huge fan of robots. Visiting Miraikan had been on my to-do list for a long time. Loved seeing Asimo´s demonstration and chatting to tiny robots. Of course until the cute robots called me old…

Miraikan

City Guide: Paris

In Paris I’m always in a hurry. Doing trade shows, visiting boutiques or fabric shows is sure fun but there’s never time to fully enjoy Paris. There are a few places though that I try to visit when in the City of Love. Here are my favourites.


 

SHOPPING

A dream destination for fashion lovers. You have everything from vintage flea markets to a selection of great French high-street to super high-end labels. The must visit would be the iconic Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann. With its remarkable dome and wide range of brands its one of my favourite shopping destinations. Until the 15th of Feb you can also find a selection of Kriss Soonik products on the lingerie floor.

Colette is a fashionable concept store that almost every day has a new product launch or an event happening, and therefore is always packed with all sorts of fashionistas. You can get everything from a simple pen to haute-couture frocks there.

If you are in the Le Marais area make sure not to miss Dollhouse – a cool lingerie shop that also carries some of our pieces.


 

CULTURE

The city itself is so beautiful and historical that even a short walk around Paris is almost too much to take in. There are however few places we always try to visit. One of them is Petite Palais. The little sister to the more known Grand Palace is a true gem. The building, erected in the 1900s is a true piece of art within itself. Inside you can find paintings, sculptures and works of art from Ancient Greece right up to the First World War. It also has the sweetest courtyard with the best cafe.


 

FOOD

No day starts without a visit to a local boulangerie where croissants and pain au chocolates are mandatory. For food shopping nothing beats La Grande Épicerie, which is part of the famed Bon Marché department store in the sixth arrondissement. Considered the best food shop in Paris it literally has everything! On top of French delicatessen the whole world cuisine is represented.

Another place worth mentioning is La Chaufferie, a cosy place nearby Gare du Nord that offers modern french dishes. Their onion soup is absolutely to die for!

JULY TOP 5: HOLIDAYS

From the Mediterranean white buildings and azul horizons to the Californian powder blues and pinks – it is these distinct features of the iconic getaway destinations that dictate our holiday wardrobes. So for July TOP 5 we’ve put together a small guide to help you find the perfect swim piece for your holiday!

1. Summer in the wild
Hiking, rafting, exploring and getting inspired by nature – there’s definitely no time to worry about your outfit. Cover up with the versatile Fishnet Dress and start your adventure!

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2. Pacific Escape 
Enjoy surfing and other watersports in Hawaii without having to worry about your bikini rolling off with the waves. Keep it cool with the Wings Swimsuit.

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3. Spiritual break
Instagram’s favourite holiday destination Bali calls for a relaxed yet chic bikini like our Splash! option. It’ll look great on the infinity pool+jungle backdrop 😉

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4. Destination: Palm Springs 
Pool parties and paddleboarding – welcome to California! Sun worshippers will appreciate the Gone Tanning bikini set with removable straps and minimal coverage.

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5. The Mediterranean paradise
Pack your holiday best for the Mediterranean getaway. The Splash! swimsuit and a confident look will get you into any yacht party you’ve ever dreamed of. Promise!

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Stockist Alert: Naughty Beauty in Tallinn

We caught up with Kirki Kubri who runs a cute lingerie boutique – our only permanent stockist in Estonia. Go check out their awesome selection just in time for Valentine’s 😉

Tell us a little bit about your boutique.

Ulakas Kaunitar (Naughty Beauty) is a naughty little lingerie store in the center of Tallinn, Pärnu mnt 36. Our boutique is for the modern woman and also for couples, to make the evenings more enjoyable.

We represent Kriss Soonik Loungerie in Estonia and I can say that it has stolen the hearts of our clients. We also carry a premium selection of erotic lingerie, stockings, accessories and stylish toys to make you feel sexy and ready to surprise your partner or yourself.

We have the world’s leading brands of pleasure toys like LELO, Pico Bong, Fun Factory, Je Joue and more fun from Naughty Beauty, YESforLOV and Viamax.

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What inspired you to open a lingerie boutique?

I got inspired when I visited London and enjoyed sexy concept shops during the trips. It was a shame that 4 years ago there was not one nice and naughty boutique in Tallinn where to go and buy sexy things. Since 2011 there is Ulakas Kaunitar and much more happy women in Estonia.

What´s your customers´ favourite piece from the Kriss Soonik collections? Why?

Our customers love Wings wraps and tops. Angel wings are just fabulous!

Insider tip to Tallinn?

Visit us for fresh ideas and a sexy outfit. Then get back to your hotel room and put out your “do not disturb” sign 😉

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Ulakas Kaunitar

Pärnu mnt 36, Tallinn

www.ulakas-kaunitar.ee

Tokyo Visual Diary. Part 2

During the second week of my visit to Japan, we opened a pop-up shop in Isetan Shinjuku lingerie department. It will stay open until the 6th October, so if you’re in Tokyo, pop by. The highlight of the shop is the exclusive burgundy lace.

It was my 5th time in Japan, but I had never before been outside of Tokyo. This time I was determined to get out of the big bright city. So we took off to Kyoto for a weekend of visiting temples, sleeping in traditional ryokans and cycling around.

Here’s a little photo diary of the pop-up and what we got up to in Kyoto. You can also check out the previous post about our Tokyo Disco event.

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Kriss´s Top 5 – August

London summer weather has been a tiny bit miserable this year. So to keep our mood up at the Kriss Soonik headquarters, we listen to the best summer grooves. And we try to stay positive – there´s still a lot of official summertime ahead of us. Fingers crossed.

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Instead of the usual monthly top 5, here´s the top 10 of our office favourite hits that we´ll still have on repeat this month.

Visual Diary: Mallorca

Spain is one of my favourite countries in the world, making Mallorca one of my favourite islands. I used to come here almost every Summer when I was growing up, so it holds a lot of memories. As a grown-up, funnily most of the same things are appealing as when I was a kid – sea, sun, big boats.
Here’s a little gallery I put together while on holiday there last week.

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Kriss’s Top 5 – July

Read: Ayn Rand The Fountainhead
It has been on our bookshelf for a very long time but the 600 plus pages haven’t really been inviting. But now I feel that I am ready to read this modern classic. 100 down, 500 to go. So far, so good!

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Listen: Zwette feat Molly – Rush
While I was driving my car in Estonia this song kept coming on. It´s such a mellow, summery, beach lounging song. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it but after a couple of times, I was certain it was a hit for me. Can’t be found on Spotify. Mystery.

Vacation: Spain
A couple of days in sunny Mallorca won’t hurt anyone, right? Look forward to lying on the beach, eating tasty fresh food, drinking good wine and doing absolutely nothing else. Bliss.

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Activity: Ping Pong
While waiting in the queue for our turn to play tennis, we have picked up ping pong. The ping pong tables are always empty. At a beginner´s level it´s not that physical as tennis but still gets your body moving and is a lot of fun!

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Drink: Smoothie
With the weather getting warmer, I have become much healthier with my food. I also finally got a blender and here’s one of my favourite smoothies to make. It includes: Avocado, Spinach, Banana, Almond Milk. It’s not very sweet but full of health. Yummy!

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