As Tokyo’s latest luxury shopping complex, Ginza Six, opens its grand doors on April 20, we’ve compiled a lust list of exclusive, limited-edition items to look out for when you visit.
It’s going to be easy to get a little lost when you first walk into what is being billed as Ginza’s largest retail facility. With 241 stores, half of which are flagships, the shiny new building stretches for 115m along Chuo-dori and boasts luxury brands, a rooftop garden, restaurants, art installations – including the Yayoi Kusama lanterns pictured above – and even a Noh theater.
So to give you a sense of purpose when you venture forth, we did a bit of browsing on your behalf and narrowed down the massive selection of items on offer to just six limited-edition favorites…
Van Cleef & Arpels Bouton D’Or Ring
To celebrate the opening of Ginza Six, French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels designed this statement piece, which skilfully combines some rose gold, white gold and diamonds. The ring is part of their brand-new Bouton d’Or collection, which is all about curved lines and a reinterpretation of a motif from their 1930s creations. The Bouton d’Or ring will be released in the Ginza branch before any of its other worldwide stores, so try to get your hand (literally) on this exclusive and classic piece.
Giuseppe Zanotti June Shoes
These sky-high heels are truly a piece of art: the 2017 Giuseppe Zanotti spring collection was indeed inspired by the paintings of Botticelli, as a modern representation of the female image. While the pink flower motif conveys cuteness and femininity, the fierce stiletto heel gives the shoe an edge. Wear them to stroll around Ginza, where they will be right at home, whether you pair them with jeans or with a sequined cocktail dress.
Maison Margiela Dress
Every wardrobe needs the quintessential little black dress, and this embroidered tea dress from Maison Margiela is a fun twist on the classic item. This asymmetrical design features delicate silver embroidery on one shoulder and sleeve, and a front twist that makes the fabric fall and drape beautifully. Pair it with minimal accessories and simple flats to keep the spotlight on the exquisite details.
Citizen Campanola Mechanical Kinran Watch
The design of this limited-edition Citizen watch depicts the streets of Ginza back in the early Meiji era, during which Japan opened up its trade and modernized. This watch blends the traditional Japanese craft of lacquer, which is used for the decoration of the dial, and contrasts stunning black and 18k yellow gold. The mechanics are provided by Swiss horlogerie master La Joux-Perret. Pair this unique piece with both everyday looks for the office and formal attire.
Jimmy Choo Ruben Sneakers
When in doubt, reach out for the Jimmy Choos. While the popular shoe and accessories brand is mostly known for women’s shoes and Sex and the City-style stilettos, they also make footwear for men, including these denim-blue kicks. Only available in Ginza, these Rock Spirit sneakers feature a whopping 174 hemispherical studs on each shoe (do the math!) – a fusion of luxury and punk rock.
Discord by Yohji Yamamoto Flower Series
This Ginza branch of Discord by Yohji Yamamoto is the first and only of its kind in the world. The line was launched in 2014, with this successful Flower series that was reprinted especially for the opening of Ginza Six. The collection presents bags, wallets and scarves sporting the monotone cactus flower motifs. All the items are sleek, chic, with clean lines and flawless design, as we would expect from Mr Yamamoto.
For more information about Ginza Six, visit ginza6.tokyo