Karen Walker | July 20th, 2012
Ginza is traditionally somewhere where only tourists and established money go but it’s suddenly hip again thanks to the new Uniqlo flagship and the relocated Dover Street Market.
Uniqlo, the a Japanese mega-retailer with 1,000 stores around the world and top-notch collaborations under their belt with the likes of Jil Sander and Undercover, has a new Tokyo flagship that’s fantastic. This is 12 stories of chic, cool and modern retail where one can’t help but buy something.
Across the road from Uniqlo is the newly relocated Dover Street Market, Comme’s Tokyo branch of their fabulous London mini-department store. Worth a visit for anyone remotely into fashion, Dover Street Market manages to combine virtually all things Comme des Garçons with traditional high-end brands like Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent and the most exciting of the world’s street wear and indie brands. It’s also one of the better spots for a bite to eat at the always excellent Rose Bakery, located here on the seventh floor.
Uniqlo, 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, + 81 3 6252 5181; www.uniqlo.com
Dover Street Market, 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, + 81 3 6228 5080; www.doverstreetmarket.com