As one of Artesano's most popular markets, it was exciting and inspiring to spend a week visiting Japan recently!
We not only loved experiencing the beautiful city of Tokyo, but it was also really special to gain a closer understanding of Japan's unique culture, style and trends by connecting with our customers, stockists and partners in person.
From the hustle of Shinjuku to the peacefulness of Yoyogi Park, Tokyo is truly an adventure for the senses.
Our trip started in Shibuya, where we weaved through crowds of shoppers to find our way to Tomorrowland - an iconic Japanese retail destination and one of our much-loved stockists.
For those who haven't visited the store, Tomorrowland offers an amazing edit of global brands that cohesively reflect the discerning local tastes for quality and simplicity.
The store is elegant and sophisticated, yet contrasted with a cool, urban edge. Be sure to keep an eye out for the fun color-pop of our Bahia basket totes in the accessories area!
From Shibuya to the nearby neighbourhood of Omotesando, we explored the area's charming laneways filled with chic shops and buzzing restaurants, including the great local brunch cafe - Crisscross Aoyama.
Onto Ginza, where we stopped by the awe-inspiring Ginza Six department store, complete with high-end boutiques and impressive oriental art installations.
Back downtown to Daikanyama, we chilled out at the relaxing T-Site bookstore and found a strong caffeine fix and sunny courtyard at Saturdays NYC's in-store cafe.
It was here that we caught up with Abigail Terrien - the Tokyo-based sustainable lifestyle expert and eco-fashion enthusiast who runs @abisjournal and @myorganiccity.
Abi is a wealth of knowledge on local style trends and the emerging demand for ethically produced textiles in Japan and further abroad. Be sure to follow her for some stellar Tokyo tips as well!
So what did we learn about Artesano's place in the Japanese style scene?
We discovered that it's our commitment to distinctive design, premium materials and slow fashion principles that is really resonating with local shoppers in the land of the rising sun.
We've left Japan feeling more inspired than ever to bring traditionally crafted, artisanal products with a modern twist to this exciting Asian market.
Our top restaurant tips for Tokyo:
We arrived in Tokyo with the highest hopes for mind-blowing Japanese food - and we certainly weren't disappointed! From sashimi breakfasts at the Tsukuji fish market to comforting bowls of ramen, the city truly lives up to its hype.
Sakura, Shinjuku – claim a spot at the counter and watch Sakura’s expert chefs work their magic, from the fresh salty pop of their crumbed octopus, to the finest wagyu beef that literally melts in your mouth. 〒169-0051 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishiwaseda, 3 Chome−９−７
Honmura An – the legendary noodle house certainly lives up to its reputation. We loved the warm soba noodles with sesame sauce – simple, clean and delicious – washed down with delicate sake. Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, 港区Roppongi, ７−１４−１８