1. Mykita Store, Copenhagen
Berlin-based eyewear brand Mykita makes its first foray into Nordic territory, opening a new outpost in downtown Copenhagen. The store is situated on the ground floor of a historic building from 1690, and features a contrasting sleek interior that blends in some of the original architectural elements. The palette remains distinctly modern, and combines white terrazzo flooring, white glass panels, mirrors, and last but not least, curved eyewear wall shelving – obviously backlit for maximum visual drama – that presents Mykita’s many appealing frames.
Situated in the store’s basement section is a so-called Zeiss relaxed vision center, a special lab equipped with state-of-the-art precision instruments by Carl Zeiss research and staffed by a qualified optometrist. The facility offers a customized optical profile service to perfectly adapt the frame and lens for each customer.
2. Christian Dada, Singapore
Flaunting a style that’s quintessentially Tokyo, designer Masanori Morikawa’s fashion label Christian Dada has not only gained a sizeable following on home turf, but also a growing one abroad. To accommodate this increased demand, it has embarked upon an ambitious expansion scheme, and recently ventured abroad for the very first time to open up shop in Singapore.
The lion city is the leading luxury hub in southeast Asia, and as such an ideal stepping stone to serve the region’s fashion forward consumers. The boutique is situated at 268 Orchard road, a newly opened multilevel shopping mall. Occupying a prominent 1,700 sq.ft. [158 sqm.] ground floor unit, Christian Dada enlisted Tokyo-based architect Fumiko Takahama to create an interior design that lives up to the store’s stature.
Dotted across the boutique are monolithic displays, very much reminiscent of a zen rock garden, matched by furnishings of the same material. The clothes are neatly spaced along silver rails, while overhead a seemingly inserted gazebo of white beams balances out the visual drama below. The new Christian Dada boutique carries a selection of the brand’s men’s and women’s collection.
3. Thakoon Store, New York
Fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul has literally come a long way. Hailing from Thailand, he arrived stateside at a young age and initially gained a degree in business administration before entering Parsons School of Design in New York City.
However, Panichgul knows the tremendous value of a brick and mortar presence, and has included the opening of a Thakoon boutique in New York City in his rebooted operations. The store is situated amidst high-end peers on Wooster street in Soho, and occupies 2,500 sq.ft. [232 sqm.] ground floor unit of a low rise structure built in 1900.
Furnishings are few, but are obviously picked to create a stunning visual effect. We’re specifically talking the pendant light fixtures by Michael Anastassiades, vonnegut/kraft benches and sculptural slabs of marble that serve as displays. Also situated on the premises of the new Thakoon store, at the rear to be precise, is the designer’s very own atelier.
4. Off-White, Singapore
There’s no stopping Off-white’s push in the far east as yet another outpost opened in Singapore. The cult fashion brand of creative multi-tasker Virgil Abloh has struck a sensitive chord with the region’s demographic of street style aficionados, and clearly builds on the momentum, and it’s just two months since the brand made a much-publicized entrance in Tokyo’s highly competitive retail arena.
Interestingly, off-white avoids generic retail concepts, and as a consequence the store, officially named off-white ‘windows’, looks intriguingly different from previously opened outposts. Abloh once again enlisted architects Oana Stanescu and Dong-Ping Wong of New York City-based practice Family to create a fitting retail setting, and if you ask us, they succeeded with flying colors.
The boutique is situated at 268 orchard road, at a newly opened shopping mall of the same name. occupying a 140 sqm. [1,507 sq.ft.] ground floor unit, the store lives up to its official name – and concept for that matter – as it’s fully walled with cut-outs in the outer shell on streetside that allow a glimpse of its austere, concrete-infused interior.