Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Electric Aoyama

Walk from Harajuku & blend into Aoyama, where you'll see a morph of teenybop into grown-up! This was, by far, my favorite area of Tokyo ~ innovative architectural, designer + modern boutiques & hip cafes/bars!

On the main strip of Omotesando there's the Fumihiko Maki-designed SPIRAL building (cafe/bar, shops, art/design/fashion events). Shop for delicate jewelry + accessories from Razu Creation at Bon Voyage & see the latest art exhibit on the ground floor. Then take the spiral up and shop at the SPIRAL MARKET!

Keep walking until you see the famous Toyo Ito & Associates-designed Tod's building (top photo) ... then take a turn into a bunch of small streets filled with gems! This is where some famous shops are: Prada, Vivienne Westwood & Bathing Ape to name a few. For edgy Japanese designers, check out THE CONTEMPORARY FIX .

This area definitely inspired me for my Leanna Lin jewelry line! Some AMAZING jewelry boutiques I went into were Bellecapri (vintage), Q-POT (cute*whimsical) & MHT (space designed by Marc Newson)!

TOKYOFASHION.COM is also a great resource when researching the latest Tokyo fashion!

cool graphic SPIRAL banners
SPIRAL building designed by Fumihiko Maki
tunnel leading to the bottom floor of the ...
Herzog & de Meuron-designed bubble glass PRADA building
lots of people took photos next to this famous building & so we did too!
Sign on small street led me to ...
the tiniest bread shop! I had to have a melon pan :)

Me in front of Crayon House: yummy organic food + book store
* we had afternoon tea & went back another nite for dinner!
Mustard door led me to this cute cafe ...
with a cute welcoming illustration *-*
I love the funky window display at Vivienne Westwood
cute statue in front of boutique
great art deco garage door to ...
fun vintage jewelry shop called Bellecapri

No comments:

Post a Comment