Shop Names in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya, Omotesando)

Coming back to London, it just hit me that stores around me tend to be named in a rather conventional manner. Shopping in Tokyo on the other hand, can be quite the experience. This little pasttime kick might even put a smile on our faces, but let me be clear –  that’s rarely because of the price tags!

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Tell me, aren’t we all dreaming about trotting those streets with a bag screaming Freak’s Store (フリークスストア) or Rude Gallery (ルードギャラリ)? These fantasy filled bags are sure to make a statement, if not with all so at least among English speaking people. If the thought of what these bags hide or what these stores stock would cross your mind, you’ll probably be surprised, or even disappointed, to find that they aren’t anything to get overly excited about since the names only refer to modern clothing boutiques.

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Spotted this bag on the subway and later ran into this… No whips, chains or rubber garments, just the average, typical girly Tokyo boutique.

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya, Omotesando)

Rude Galllery (ルードギャラリ) Tokyo

Skullcandy (スカルキャンディ) Tokyo

Skullcandy (スカルキャンディ), a Utah based company known for their headphones, and Pigsty & Used Clothing, are just another couple of interesting names, both, or rather all, from the same tiny shopping street that runs between Shibuya and Omotesando.

Pigsty & Used Clothing (ピグスティ) Tokyo

Ever had issues with second hand shopping?

Pigsty & Used Clothing (ピグスティ) Tokyo

Fall Fashion for Pet Pooches

Captured these photos just before I headed back to London. Thought of Erica who visits my blog every now and then. She designs for dogs. For those of you who regard dogs as hmm just dogs, let me tell you, that is so not Tokyo style…

Just check out this window: For doggie you can purchase his own exclusive closet, nice tailor made hangers, diaper bags, a pram for when his feet, sorry, I mean paws get tired and hurt, little boots and various collections of only the latest fashion clothing.

Yup, and manicure, pedicure (even nail polish on the nails, or if you prefer to call them claws, yikes!) as well as all treatments spa and beauty related take place at salons around the city. We are not talking doggie here but status symbol and babies, little furry humans, even a conversation piece/opener. Just hot glue gun him to your Derek Lam headband!

Pram and doggie’s travel bag, in which he travels in style of course.

Party anyone? With Halloween around the corner (Tokyo always starts redecorating early), doggie probably needs a new outfit and what better than to transform him into a pumpkin? Mmm ♪ whatcha say?

Want to read more about behind the scene, check out this link: Why Japan Prefers Pets to Parenthood.

More from Nicolai Bergmann’s Florescence opening party

My sister with Nicolai.

This arrangement outside the floral exhibition space, inspired my sketches below.

How cool is this? Yukata and accessories to die for…

Sister and Amanda, second half of Nicolai Bergmann Flowers & Design, now watch these shoes…

Alexander Mcqueen skull shoes, a great match with linneabylinneanilsson’s Memento Mori.

Olympic swim team…. yes! Sister with star swimmer Kosuke Kitajima.

Hope you all feel inspired. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nicolai Bergmann Florescence

Nicolai Bergmann’s fabulous floral art exhibition Florescence is currently on display at 表参道ヒルズOmotesando Hills, Space O, until tomorrow, September 23. Yesterday night the much anticipated reception party kicked off the weekend. This is one of the nights I truly wish I hadn’t been busy in London but could have jetted over. Instead I asked my darling sister to snap a few pictures for all of us to enjoy the party and astonishing arrangements.

This gorgeous arrangement inspired my quick sketch below.

Nicolai signing his new coffee table book Florescence.

London Fashion Week: Style File

London Fashion Week, 2012

What better way to kick off my return to London than by heading over to Somerset House and catching the last day of shows at London Fashion Week. This year my focus lay more on the creatures watching the shows from outside the coveted tents than the looks strutting down the catwalk. Hope you enjoy the compilation of fashion moments captured by my lens!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Is that Lady Gaga that I spot or a very good impersonator?

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

To relive some of the fashion moments from last year’s fashion week, simply click on the following fabulous links: here, here, here and here!

London Fashion Week, 2012

Whether or not you’re holding a golden ticket to one of the shows, this is the place to go see and be seen during Fashion Week, as you never know who’ll be walking in and out of the tents. It also happens to be a great spectator sport and no matter how fabulous you might be looking, the best accessory you can be wearing is your camera, and believe me, you won’t be the only one!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Rawr!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Jeepers, creepers! A favorite among the Brits as well as on the Tokyo street scene. Edgy or over? I’ll let you decide…

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報

Black Rose, Ayami Nishimura by RANKIN Make Up

Nails: Mike Pocock @Streeters London, Headpiece: Ayami Nishimura, Model: Sophie D @ Models 1.

Heard about a fabulous but small exhibition taking place at the Diesel’s Shibuya store here in Tokyo, Japan and simply had to stop by and see for myself. They are currently exhibiting over 20 prints showing the extraordinary work of Japanese make up artist Ayami Nishimura and British photographer Rankin. A fierce combination that could also be viewed in the gorgeous book Ayami Nishimura by Rankin.

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報, Shibuya

The make-up was very dramatic and a bit reminiscent of traditional 歌舞伎 (kabuki) make-up with its bold black eyebrows, red accents and painted white faces. Hmmm, perhaps not for the faint hearted to try. Halloween instead maybe?

Shibuya

The Diesel Shibuya Store that doubles as an art gallery in the back of the lower ground floor.

Stop by and be impressed while enjoying this great source of inspiration, if not, you could also take a sneak peak here: Dazed Digital or here: Beauty Stylish