kolor BEACON presents exclusive Camo Outerwear Collection at Dover Street Market Ginza (Tokyo)

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In honor of kolor‘s 10th anniversary, kolor imprint BEACON has released two jackets to be sold exclusively at Dover Street Market Ginza in Tokyo.

The two colorways utilize the same camouflage pattern as the one used for limited edition items sold at the reopening of Dover Street MarketGinza in August. Featuring a hunting camo pattern in dark green and a woodland camo pattern in brown, the jackets incorporate lightly distressed hems and two front pockets for a more worn-in aesthetic.

Find these items for ¥54,000 JPY (approximately $500 USD) at Dover Street MarketGinza.

 

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Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

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Just within the last 12 hours, we have already provided a lookbook as well as a glimpse into the accessories soon to be offered from the anticipated partnership between high-end designer Alexander Wang and fast fashion clothier H&M.

We continue this preview with a closer look at some choice outerwear as well as a few tops from the impending collaboration. Aimed at creating an urban-centric wardrobe with the functionality of performance wear, this comprehensive collection infuses both novelty and humor. Highlights from the above include moto-styled jackets and hoodies, a reflective silver down jacket, parkas with brimmed-hoods, a leather baseball jersey, and massive “WANG” graphics.

As mentioned previously, the Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 capsule collection will be available both in-store and online starting November 6.

 

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Image of Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

Image of Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

Image of Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

Image of Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

Image of Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

Image of Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 Capsule Collection

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Delhi city tour … on the metro

Delhi by metro …

The Guardian:

 

Delhi is celebrating its economic rise with gusto. Its silvery, sleek new metro system, in its latest stage of expansion, makes the city a much more straightforward place to visit, allowing passengers to zip about in air-conditioned comfort, avoiding its notoriously polluted and congested roads.

Unlike the world above, Delhi’s metro is quiet, clean, calm and incredibly cheap: 100 rupees (about £1) loaded on to a smart ticket should be enough for four days of sightseeing. You’ll need to pay extra for rickshaws from stations to outlying attractions, but, at an average of 40 rupees (40p) a ride, that is unlikely to break the bank.

The main line of interest to visitors is the north-south Yellow line, which whisks you between the city’s tourist attractions, from Mughal bazaars and forts, to cutting-edge art galleries and fusion restaurants.

The metro has some wonderfully Indian idiosyncrasies: passengers are reminded not to ride on train roofs; sari-clad women are advised to use the stairs, lest their silks get trapped in the escalators – and urged to use the ladies-only carriages to avoid rush-hour groping. Outside entrances, troops of monkeys await food donations from commuters.

Security is tight, with a bag check and body scan at each ticket gate, often supervised by gun-toting officers. The penalties for misbehaviour are severe: blocking the train doors, for example, may see you jailed for four years. But, as long as you remember to keep your elbows in and resist the urge to climb on the roof, the metro system will keep you safe and sane in one of the world’s most frenetic cities.

Here is our guide to the 10 best stops:

 

Central Secretariat

Delhi metro map and smart card.

This stop deposits you in clean, calm imperial Delhi, a gentle, culture shock-free introduction to the city. You emerge on Rajpath, Delhi’s most impressive boulevard, with the mighty arch of India Gate, a 1931 war memorial designed by Edwin Lutyens at its head. Flanked by lawns and monuments, this is the site of Delhi’s passeggiata, and at sunset, candy floss and ice-cream sellers, bubble blowers and henna artists set up stall. Museum lovers are well catered for: the National Museum, Crafts Museum and Gallery of Modern Art are all a walk or a short rickshaw ride away. Off the standard tourist trail is Purana Qila, Delhi’s oldest Mughal monument, where 100 rupees will buy you half-an-hour’s pedalo ride on a beautiful boating lake in the shadow of the citadel’s walls.

 

Racecourse

Mahatma Ghandi's glasses at the Mahatma Smitri Museum.

Mahatma Ghandi’s glasses at the Mahatma Smitri Museum.

Two stops further south will take you to the Gandhi Smriti Museum, where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last days and was assassinated in 1948. The museum is a comprehensive record of his life, displaying photographs, quotes and video footage, along with the few possessions he left behind, including his trademark spectacles. Following in his last footsteps and seeing the spot where he was gunned down is a moving experience. Nearby is the Indira Gandhi Memorial, where the assassinated prime minister’s rooms are preserved, offering a window into the elegant lives of Delhi’s political elite.

Jorbagh

Lodi Gardens.
Lodi Gardens.

This busy stop is handy for a visit to Safdarjung’s Tomb, a mausoleum built in 1754 for one of the most important Mughal nobles. Nearby, and more diverting, is Lodi Gardens, a peaceful park dotted with the tombs of Sayyid and Lodhi rulers, and a haven for the city’s butterflies and birds. Come late afternoon it’s full of boys playing cricket, power walkers, picnicking families and canoodling couples. Leave time for a meal in the grounds at the idyllic Lodi restaurant, where you can loll in a private gypsy wagon overlooking a sun-dappled courtyard, sip cocktails and work your way through the delicious Mediterranean menu.

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Dilli Haat market stall, Delhi.

Dilli Haat market stall, Delhi.

There’s only one reason to visit this stop: to shop. Dilli Haat, a two-minute walk from the station, is a collection of more than 150 stalls selling artisan goods from across India. With strict rules about hassling and haggling, it’s by far the most relaxing and tourist-friendly shopping experience in the city. You’ll pay more than you would at Old Delhi’s bazaars, but you’ll still get a bargain: Rajasthani leather satchels go for the equivalent of £12, hallmarked silver bracelets start at £14, cashmere shawls are £8, hand-embroidered silk purses £3 and hand-woven wool carpets start at only £8. Other goods include jutti (curly-toed slippers), leather shoes, Rajasthani patchwork quilts, Jaipuri silk puppets, hand-bound leather notebooks and stoneware. Go at the end of the day and you’ll be offered bargains by traders keen to shift stock.

Green Park

Couple sitting at a window at Hauz Khaz.

Couple sitting at a window at Hauz Khaz.

 
Hauz Khas, Delhi’s hippest hangout, is a short rickshaw ride away. Set by a deer park and the crumbling ruins of Mughal tombs, this compact urban village is crammed with galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants. French love songs and Cuban salsa waft from bars, and students practise capoeira in the park, giving it an international feel. Shops go out of business quickly, but stalwarts include The Cottage of Arts and Jewels, a dusty basement selling vintage Bollywood posters, ancient Indian maps, texts and curios; Elma’s, a quaint tea shop, complete with grandfather clock, lace lampshades and bone china; and Country Collection, an antiques shop selling rare and imaginatively reworked furniture at reasonable prices. On my visit, pieces included a Keralan teak canoe upended to form a bookcase, and a Rajput palace window frame with a mirror inserted. For modern art, try Delhi Art Gallery and Creativity.

 

Qutab Minar

Olive Restaurant, near Qutab Minar.

Olive Restaurant, near Qutab Minar.

Two stops down from Green Park and the most southerly of our destinations, this station is a short rickshaw ride from the Qutab Minar complex, home to a triumphal 72-metre minaret, built to celebrate the advent of Muslim dominance in Delhi. For a cultural contrast, hop in a rickshaw to Lado Sarai, an emerging arts district, where cutting-edge galleries such as Gallery Threshold, Exhibit 320 (exhibit320.com) and Latitude 28 draw dealers from the world over. Make time for lunch at Olive, a chic bar and restaurant only a few minutes’ walk from Qutab Minar’s entrance gate. Built in an old haveli (private mansion), its airy courtyard, centred around a gnarled 160-year-old banyan tree, makes it one of the prettiest settings in town. The menu is determinedly Mediterranean and pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven.

 

Khan Market

Varq restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Varq restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Big-name western stores, tourist-friendly bars, restaurants and cafes make traffic-free Khan Market a big draw for wealthy Delhiites and expats. This station, on the Violet line, one stop east from Central Secretariat, is the place to buy tailored clothes. Grovers will whip you up a perfectly cut suit in three days for 11,000 rupees (£110). Nearby, in the Taj Hotel, Varq serves artfully presented Indian nouvelle cuisine in elegant surroundings (two-course lunch starts at £15). Khan Market is also one of the closest stops to Humayun’s Tomb, still a 20-minute rickshaw ride away, but a must-see. Built in the 1560, the gigantic mausoleum is an example of a great tomb-building tradition which reached its apogee 100 years later with the Taj Mahal. The resting place of emperor Humayun is one of the most peaceful and atmospheric spots in Delhi.

 

 

Rajiv Chowk

Gujarati thali at Rajdhani, Delhi
Gujarati thali at Rajdhani, Delhi

At the heart of New Delhi’s commercial district, this stop drops you at Connaught Place, a series of colonnaded neo-classical Georgian crescents built by the British between 1929 and 1933. The arcades shade a mix of upmarket western shops and traditional Indian street stalls and restaurants, the best of which is Rajdhani, serving no-frills Gujarati vegetarian thali, and Haldiram, which does the best sweet lassi in town. West of Connaught Place is Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, a modern, tourist-friendly Hindu temple.

 

 

Patel Chowk

Doorman at the Imperial hotel, Delhi.
Doorman at the Imperial hotel, Delhi.

Enter the doors of the 1911 restaurant at the Imperial Hotel and you’ll be jettisoned back to the days of the Raj. Oak-panelled walls are hung with hunting scenes and pre-independence state crests, while the chandeliers twinkle. The menu is stolidly British – tea and biscuits, fish and chips and club sandwiches are favourites. Opposite is Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a government-run, fixed-price Aladdin’s cave of woodcarvings, jewellery, pottery, papier mâché, brassware, textiles and miniature paintings.

 

 

Chandni Chowk

Chandi Chowk, Old Delhi.
Chandi Chowk, Old Delhi.

The final stop on our whistlestop tour is our most challenging, and should only be attempted by those with a strong stomach, oodles of stamina and plenty of wet wipes. Chandni Chowk coughs you straight into Old Delhi, the oldest, most chaotic and colourful part of the city. A medieval world of ancient bazaars, dark, narrow alleyways and hand-pulled carts, this is India at its most extreme, and its most saddening: gangrenous beggars, crippled goats and mangy dogs are only some of the sights you’ll witness.

Old Delhi is also where you will find two of the city’s most notable landmarks: the wonderfully atmospheric Lal Qila, or Red Fort, built from sandstone in 1639 for Shah Jahan; and Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque and one of its finest buildings, with three huge domes, a pair of minarets and a courtyard that holds 25,000 worshippers. Cover up for the latter or you’ll be forced to wear a garish full-length gown that will make you the butt of visitors’ jokes. If you want to see the bazaars, hire a guide or you’ll become disorientated. The liveliest are the wholesale spice market of Khari Baoli, the jewellery market of Dariba Kalan, and Kinari Bazaar, the dazzling wedding regalia market. There are chai stalls and street food all over Chandni Chowk, or try Karim’s, a Delhi institution serving legendary Mughal fare.

Don’t leave Delhi without having a traditional Ayurvedic massage – you’ll need one after a day like this. Head back to Racecourse station and grab a rickshaw to Amatrra Spa, soother to the rich and famous, where back massages start at 2,200 rupees (£22).

Acne Studios Hong Kong store opening

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Acne Studios has ventured away from its native Scandinavia to the Far East as it unveils a new storefront in Hong Kong. Located in Central, the latest project looks to seamlessly integrate into the area of high-end boutiques and stores alike, and we are presented with a beautifully conceptual space of which the brand has become known for. Thick metal walls are accompanied by perforated metal shelves and bold color blocked fittings to showcase the offerings, as the displays let the quality-crafted garments speak for themselves as well as illustrating the philosophy of the label in its signature clean manner.

Enjoy the images and make sure to stop by the new location if you’re in Hong Kong.

 

Acne Studios
10 Ice House Street,
Central,
Hong Kong

 

 

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Image of Acne Studios Hong Kong Store Opening

SOPHNET. (Japan) 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

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Having previewed SOPHNET.‘s 15th anniversary collection this past weekend, GRIND Magazine presented it’s very own lifestyle editorial highlighting the comprehensive range of collaborative pieces. Partnering with the likes of Nike, fragment design, Barbour, Nick Walker, Maison Kitsuné, Lucien Pellat-Finet, White Mountaineering and Luggage Label, the Japanese clothier not only pays homage to its Tokyo roots, but also streetwear, an industry it helped cultivate.

SOPHNET.’s commemorative collection will be available starting November 2.

 

 

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 Image of SOPHNET. 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

Image of SOPHNET. 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

Image of SOPHNET. 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

Image of SOPHNET. 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

Image of SOPHNET. 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

Image of SOPHNET. 15th Anniversary Editorial by GRIND Magazine

 

Lotteria (Japan) brings back The Tower Cheeseburger — but for ONE DAY only!

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RocketNews 24:

 

Good news for those of you in Japan who’ve always wanted to see more MEAT in your hamburgers. Yes, the humongous tower of a burger we’ve mentioned several times on our site is back! It’s the Tower Cheeseburger from fast food chain Lotteria! But if you want to get your hands on one of them, you may need to get ready for some quick action, because this time, they’ll be available for just one day!

The impressive, towering burger creation, which has been sold several times in the past, has become somewhat of an iconic item for Lotteria, so much so that they’ve even been turned into USB memory sticks! The legendary burger will be making its comeback this coming Monday, October 20.

Now, don’t the thick patties and melting cheese in the picture look appetizing? While we realize fast food items rarely look like their promotional photos in real life, 500 yen (US$4.68) for a hamburger with five layers of patties and cheese doesn’t sound too bad, if you’re looking for a quick meat fix.

 

▼When Lotteria previously promoted the Tower Cheeseburger, they also had the “Shrimp Tree Burger” (right)  on offer, five layers of fired shrimp cutlet topped with plenty of tartar sauce! But this time, it’s just the cheeseburger that will be making a return.

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The Japanese Internet’s response to the news seems generally positive, with a good number of people tweeting that they’d love to try it, or that the price seems to be a good value (although some people have, and perhaps with good reason, commented on the calorie and cholesterol content of such a voluminous burger!), so it looks like Lottteria can look forward to good business come October 20.

The Tower Cheeseburger goes on sale at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, so don’t miss out on this opportunity if you’ve been wanting to try the giant tower of beef and cheese … or, if you’re someone who doesn’t need a huge amount of beef to be satisfied, you can always wait for the Matsuzaka beef hamburger or Kobe beef hamburger, coming out also from Lotteria in November and next January.

 

SOPH. (Japan) for Canada Goose 2014 Capsule Collection

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Canadian label Canada Goose and Japanese imprint SOPHNEThave teamed up for a pop-up store in Tokyo for their latest projects. Following up from the successful collaboration last year, the two entities will be releasing another capsule collection of jackets. The pieces retain Canada Goose’s design aesthetic and classic silhouette inclusive of the removable coyote fur hood, streamlined fit and front button detailing, which all work together to provide ultimate protection against the harshest elements.

The jackets are available in nine colors across the spectrum and will be available for a limited time between November 8 until December 28. Be sure to head over to the store and check out the offerings if you’re in the area.

 

SOPH. – Canada Goose Shop
2F, 3-34-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 151-0001
Japan