“I’ve always been fascinated by our second skin, the one we put on every morning; I try to make it more comfortable and attractive,” says Gareth Casey. The British-born designer behind men’s and womenswear label Casey Casey has just opened his first bricks-and-mortar shop in his adopted home of Paris.
The space, on the Left Bank, is as uncomplicated as the fashion Casey creates. Chipped plaster walls form the backdrop for timeless suits, hand-dyed shirts and flowing dresses that hang from rows of black rails. “I’ve always wanted to open a store to do what I want when I want, and get pieces on people’s backs as soon as possible,” says Casey.
This just-launched Tokyo unisex label is the idea of Yasuharu Kuzaki, who has been behind a string of top Japanese brands such as World Basics. Included in Aton’s first collection is this bold tomato-red cashmere sweater.
Ayumi Otsu works with wooden-furniture craftsmen in Hida to create accessories and shoes such as these platform clogs.
Stella Tennant and Isabella Cawdor’s women’s collection for this outdoor brand is full of heritage pieces made modern.
Jonathan (JW) Anderson has concocted his first fragrances since taking over the reins at the 170-year-old Spanish house. These sweet-smelling 001 Man and Woman perfumes come in smart bottles topped with ash-wood caps.
Katia Rosenberg and Lillian Ruppen’s bucket bags are made from Tannerie Haas’s Novonappa leather.
Swedish label Axel Arigato has made a name for itself by keeping things simple. From a Gothenburg studio, co-founder Max Svärdh (pictured, on left) designs low-key unisex lace-ups with Margom-rubber platform soles.
Now the brand has opened its first shop, calling on interior designer Christian Halleröd to create a fittingly minimalistic space in Soho, London. Clean-cut Italian-leather kicks, the brand’s new bag line and an assortment of Japanese art books sit atop an unusual mix of surfaces, from marble plinths to concrete stairs. “We wanted to create a gallery,” says Svärdh. “Intentionally clean, with the sole purpose of letting the products stand out.”
Fans of the Japanese women’s brand Drawer will be pleased to hear that its founding director and designer, Misako Yoshitake, has started a new label in Tokyo. Blamink launched in October 2016 with an impressive flagship in the Aoyama neighbourhood.
The first collection features 100 easy-to-wear luxe pieces made using the best fabrics – cashmere, silk, wool and cotton – carefully sourced from around Japan and the rest of the world; many were made just for Blamink. There are jeans in a stiff Japanese denim and a checked jacket and trousers made with fabric from Fox Brothers in Somerset, UK, as well as a leather jacket made for Blamink by Japanese label Scye. Yoshitake has also cast her eye over a selection of pieces from other brands: the odd Comoli sweater or crisp shirt from Charvet, as well as jewellery and hats. In addition there is a bespoke service on request and a small men’s collection is on hand, featuring soft-wool duffle coats and a trench coat.
The shop itself, which is spread over two floors, is the perfect canvas; the airy space was formerly a restaurant. Masamichi Katayama and his interior-design studio Wonderwall, which is also based in the city, have transformed the building, giving it the black-and-white Bauhaus simplicity that Yoshitake craved. It would be a shame to rush the shopping experience here: take time to enjoy the clothes, the sofas and the sounds coming from the collector-worthy JBL Paragon speakers.