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1. Dowel Jones

Shops are alive and well: look at design brand Dowel Jones. “It’s hard for people to understand the comfort of a couch without sitting on it,” says co-founder Dale Hardiman. He and Adam Lynch opened a shop in 2018 after five years of selling online. “We always said that if we opened it’d be in a smaller town where people didn’t feel rushed,” says Hardiman.

2. Arys

Launched in 2014, Frederick Sturm’s hi-tech clothing brand with an emphasis on German provenance has been a hit in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. The brand opened its first retail space on home turf at the end of last year. Its shop in Berlin’s residential Prenzlauer Berg looks as refreshingly functional as the fashion it holds.

3. Claus Porto

This 131-year-old soap and perfume brand previously had no shops, not even in its native Portugal. Now it boasts three: one in Porto, one in Lisbon and the most recent in New York. “New York is the first of what we hope will be a series of international openings,” says Francisco Neto, the firm’s ceo.

Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox Architecture had the brand’s beautiful packaging in mind when designing the Nolita retail space. “You want to tell the brand’s story to create a relevant place for visitors to experience the brand,” says Barbour, who dreamt up the arresting cork archway that showcases the company’s collection.

Shopping list

1 & 5. Shampoo & soap

The Swiss soapmaker combines olive and coconut oils with herbs and plants.

2 & 15. Candles & soap
Wary Meyers

Soaps riff on designer Shiro Kuramata’s terrazzo.

3. Amber Teutonic perfume
DS and Durga

This scent mixes alpine cedar and green mandarin.

4. Face cream
Doers of London

Packed with organic borage oil, green tea and jojoba oil.

6. Skipping rope
Berluti 3 Hock Design

Jump rope with steel- and Venezia-leather finishes.

7 & 12. Travel tumbler and cup and saucer

The vacuum-insulated tumbler keeps your drink hot or cold, while the sepia-glass cup is inspired by traditional Japanese designs.

8. Candle

Fills the air with the scents of peony and patchouli.

9. Towel
The Organic Company

This waffle towel is made for those on the move.

10. Body-scrub towel

Cotton blended with Binchotan (white charcoal that is revered in Japan).

11. Body brush

Shower brush from a firm that’s made them for decades.

13. Onsen bath salt
Earl of East London

Japan-inspired scent.

14. Pressure point ball

Cork to release tension.

16. Soap

This food-grade oil soap fuses bergamot and ember oils.

17. Incense

Made in the English seaside town of Margate, Haeckels incense fuses locally sourcedjuniper, samphire and driftwood for a coastal aroma.

18. Face oil

A hydrating, all-natural facial treatment with jojoba, avocado and apricot oil.

19. SoundSport in-ear headphones

Water-repellent with crystal-clear sound, these wireless headphones are designed to stay in place during exercise.


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