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.

Kriss Soonik


 

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!