For the past four days I have been working in a same place located in Ginza which has given me a great opportunity to explore this neighbourhood thoroughly during the long lunch breaks. The first day I went next door to look at always intriguing Dover Street Market. I was clever enough to go to the top floor and discover that there's also a rooftop garden. But seeing a shrine and a blossoming plum tree (ume) is something I really did not expect!!
What an amazing tranquil and quiet urban space in midst of busy Ginza shopping area.
A well deserved nap between the shows.
Today I also found out that the skirt I bought in New York is actually an adaption of Japanese kimono belt (obi) . All the locals recognised the pattern and were so fascinated by it!
/skirt - Proenza Schouler, sneakers - Hussein Chalayan for Puma, watch - Daniel Wellington, jewelry by me/
Yes - I am back in my happy-zen place aka Tokyo! As the workload here is crazy, the first three weeks have passed in the speed of light and hence my first blogpost from Tokyo comes as late as that. Promising to post a bit more often from now on.
This morning, after hitting "send" on my university application I felt a huge relief and I was finally free from responsibilities and ready to go and discover Tokyo on foot. I headed to Nezu Museum near Omotesando. A well-known secret, this museum hosts interesting exhibitions on Japanese traditional arts&crafts and hides the most amazing Japanese garden with ponds, bridges and tea houses behind its building.
On the way back home
The other morning in my neighbourhood, I keep seeing that cat almost every other day
A shrine gate in Hiroo
Nakagin Capsule Tower, office and apartment building, Designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1972
Last summer I was contacted by Estonian jewellery brandMonquér to collaborate on a new jewelry collection,
I took a few moments to think and said yes! It was a unique chance to have my jewelry designs executed by professional silversmiths. Usually when making jewelry, I am very much limited by the materials and techniques, or especially the lack of them.
We started the work process right after I had returned from Tokyo and I was full of inspiration from Japanese culture. After a thorough research we chose Japanese red-crowned cranes to be our starting point and main inspiration. Their elegant and long necks were meant to be adapted to statement rings and earrings! Moreover, cranes have a very significant meaning in Asian culture, these symbols of faithfulness and longevity are often embroidered on Japanese wedding wear. Mixed with Monquér's signature style and my taste for minimalism, the Tori collection was born, taking its name from a Japanese word for birds.
Take a look at the creating process in the short video below.
Last week I took a trip to Alpaka Design studio in Tallinn to replenish my scarf collection even more.
My previous huge alpaca wool plaid from Alpaka (see here) has traveled with me around the world in every season, every occasion - it has been irreplaceable during cold winter, chilly summer nights and long-haul flights.
Right now I really wish I could slow down time and take everything from the last week of my stay in New York. Still here but already missing it and all the excellent coffee shops, parks, smoothie bars, my building's doormen, abundance of art galleries and museums, Beacon's Closet, great people I met, and Duane Reade around the corner that's open for 24h for all my late-night cravings. can't wait to come back next spring
"Not buying new stuff because soon enough I have to pack my life into a suitcase and come back home" thing is not going so well. How can you say no when you receive an invitation to Proenza Schouler sample sale where's everything is up to 85% off retail prices (love you, new york!). Even though most of the stuff was still out of my budget, I yet managed to get three great items for less than $200, including the patterned top in the picture.
Most importantly, I am wearing my new lovely earrings by a NY-based brand Ming Yu Wang. I had a pleasure working for the designer a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely fell in love with her very simple and refined jewelry. Can't wait to show you the look book we shot in a beautiful location outside the town.
Introducing an adorable tea house I stumbled upon in East Village last week. Cha-an teahouse has a traditional Japanese interior, wide variety of different teas, lunch sets and incredible dessert menu. Tea comes in a small pot they refill with hot water from time to time, so my little tea lasted me for a couple hours I spent there.
After seeing photos of their amazing desserts on yelp.com, I knew that Black Sesame Creme Brulee was what I had to order for sure. It was amazing, topped with black sesame ice cream and sugar crisp and tasted unlike anything I have had before.. And I am not even a big fan of creme brulees. In the picture on the right side you can see a sneak-peak of a new jewelry collection I have been working on. More info and pictures soon!