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.

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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…

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Caribbean Dreaming Pop-Up

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It was my 8th time in Tokyo but this time was extra special – I was finally there during the peak cherry blossoming. And I must say nothing really compares to these fluffy white and pink petals. Apparently Sakura season is bigger than Christmas in Japan. And now I know what the hype is about!

The main reason for my visit to Tokyo this time was our pop-up at Omotesando Hills Rocket at the heart of Tokyo’s most prestigious shopping street Omotesando. This is the legendary street where Gucci, Chanel, Loewe et al. have their flagships.

We had a fabulous opening party. Was so great seeing all my Japanese friends (thank you for my beautiful flowers and gifts!) and also meeting so many new faces. The pop-up’s theme was “Caribbean Dreaming” after our SS17 campaign. Guests were posing with our campaign stars dolphin and flamingo while sipping Litchi Blue cocktails. We had loads of fun as you can see from the gallery below.

Until next time Tokyo!


 

 

Japan Christmas Campaign

On my trip to Tokyo in October we shot the first ever Christmas campaign especially for Japan. What made it extra fun for me was that the entire team was Japanese. The talented photographer Sayo Nagase, stylist Nina Utashiro who also happens to work as the fashion editor of I-D Japan magazine, Sachiko Omori the hair wizard of Tokyo, and our beautiful model Yuka Mizuhara who amongst others has graced the cover of Nylon Japan. Here´s the final result! Plus a few exclusive behind the scenes shots from the day.

Enjoy!

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Last week vol. 1: Tokyo Pop-Up

The first time I visited Tokyo, the La Foret department store became my favourite shopping destination. I guess the best word to describe it is “kawaii” (cute) but you can always find some cool designs there that you can also wear outside the craziness of Japan.

So who would have thought that 4 years later we´d be opening our very own store there? Below we´ve put together a gallery of the opening party. Thank you to everyone who came to support us!

The pop-up will be open until the 31st March on floor 2. Go check it out when in Tokyo!

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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 – September

Wear: Cosy knits
Autumn is around the corner and once again I have become obsessed with knitwear. Not only does it show in our new collection but it shows in every aspect of my wardrobe. My Summer tank tops have all been switched to warm cardis with comfy turtlenecks. Bring on the cold weather. I dare you!

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Read: Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
The founder of fashion e-tailer Nasty Gal has written a book that´s both her life story and a guide to running a business. I can´t say that everything about this book was perfect but I feel there should be more books like this. The book offers a sassy manifesto for ambitious young female entrepreneurs which can be really empowering. Especially in times of uncertainty.
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Visit: London Fashion Week
Rock ´n´ roll all the way. Fashion week madness always brightens up the city. I love the buzz it creates. If you´ve forgotten that fashion is exciting and fun, then LFW is there to remind you that.
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Travel: Tallinn-London-Paris-Tokyo
Just back from Tallinn, off to Paris and then to Tokyo – a typical busy September. With such travels, the most important thing is to pack right but I am still learning how to do that. I love pieces that are multifunctional, things that can easily be transformed from daywear to partywear. Will keep you posted how it goes in one of the future posts.
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Shoe obsession: Camilla Elphick
The Camilla Elphick Bugs Bunny Pez shoes are one of my favourite fashion finds of the year so far. Big love.
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Meet Sakura

I met Sakura on my last trip to Japan. She works as a PR at PR01 agency representing the coolest fashion brands, including Cannabis boutique were Kriss Soonik collections are stocked and where we had our last Tokyo event. Sakura is one of the most stylish girls I have met. She has a very strong personal style and knows how to mix our designs into her outfits. We had a chat with her about Tokyo and her style, here´s what she told us…

What are your top 3 favourite places in Tokyo?
Harajuku, Shibuya & Ginza!
Harajuku – area where new fashion & culture trends are born, a very hip part of town.
Shibuya – area of Tokyo, where fashion, culture & music emerge and mix. It’s super crazy but fun!
Ginza – more traditional neighbourhood.

What’s one thing everyone needs to do when visiting Tokyo?
Make sure to visit some traditional buildings, see the beautiful landscape and have dinner at a nice Japanese restaurant. I’d also recommend to visit the Harajuku area in order to experience the Japanese fashion & culture. I think that young people in Harajuku represent really well contemporary Japanese fashion & culture.

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Tell us a little bit about your personal style.
I wear clothes that fit my lifestyle and the occasion. When I go to the beach, I like to wear a cover up over a bikini with Vans sneakers. On a night out I usually put on a dress with a biker jacket. And on a lazy weekend to a brunch with my girlfriends I’d dress up my casual outfit with a Kriss Soonik Susan Lace Top.

What are your favourite fashion brands?
If I had to name one it would be Prada.

What do you think why Japanese women like Kriss Soonik?
I think that every Japanese woman wants to be strong yet elegant and Kriss Soonik products have both of those qualities.

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What´s your personal favorite piece from the collections and why? How do you wear it?
Kristel Turtleneck Suspender Top as it was my first ever Kriss Soonik piece. It’s stylish and has a bit of a sexy edge. I love that you can wear as a regular top, with the suspenders showing. I keep the styling simple and pair it with skinny jeans. It truly is a special piece of clothing.

Tokyo Spring Celebrations

In March Cannabis Ladies boutique in Tokyo´s La Foret department store hosted the launch party of Kriss Soonik Japanese exclusive “Sakura” Pink Lace Collection.

Guests were entertained by a live photoshoot, DJ girls The Antoinettes, Milky & our designer Kriss played the best beats, Cecilia Lundqvist fur animal masks caused quite a stir & even the canapés and drinks were inspired by the cherry blossom season. Sakura pink risotto anyone?

Here´s a photo gallery of the Tokyo event. Domo arigato for an awesome evening! Can´t wait to be back.

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Huge thanks to: Yoshiko Hachiya, Ryuichi Sato, Sakura Yokomachi, Utano Sasaki, all the Cannabis girls, Rie Shiraishi, Junko Katoh, Lina Rebollo, Cecilia Lundqvist.

Visual Diary: Tokyo

My fourth trip to Tokyo was quite amazing. A lot has changed since my last visit in 2014 – Kriss Soonik is getting more famous in Japan and meeting so many of our fans was an unforgettable experience.

It was a very busy week packed with events and meetings. I got to DJ at our very fun event at Cannabis boutique in Harajuku´s coolest department store La Foret. I received a 40-minute sales training in Japanese at Japan´s biggest department store Isetan before spending an afternoon meeting customers. Nylon Japan did a photoshoot and interview with me for their May issue. And we participated at the PR01 trade show presenting the next AW15 collection.

Next week we´ll bring you all the pictures from the Cannabis event but firstly here´s a little photo diary of the trip.