Shopplr » Home Decor http://www.shopplr.com Fashion, beauty, style and shopping Thu, 04 Jun 2015 02:08:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Where to shop in Kyoto 2015 edition http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/where-to-shop-kyoto-2015-edition/ http://www.shopplr.com/2015/06/where-to-shop-kyoto-2015-edition/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 22:20:37 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2161 I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to […]

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I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to the stores — you get a tax-free refund. Most shops require that you spend 10,000 yen ($80 at the exchange rate of 124 yen to $1) but others, like Tokyo Hands, give you a 5 percent off card when you show your passport and it applies to ANY purchase in the store regardless of amount.

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More top cool things to buy in Japan 2014 edition http://www.shopplr.com/2014/12/more-top-cool-things-to-buy-in-japan/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/12/more-top-cool-things-to-buy-in-japan/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:28:22 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2101 I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year: (1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, […]

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I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year:

(1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, it was around 109 yen to the US dollar); and

(2) Tax-free shopping has been extended to cosmetics and other perishables such as food and drink. Bring your passport to the department store. In most cases you have to spend a minimum of 10,000 yen in one day.

Here are my 2014 top things to buy in Japan.

(1) Porter Union backpack (shopping bag style as shown below).

Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku has a huge selection of Porter bags (made by Yoshida & Co.). I love these bags because they’re stylish and reasonably priced (under US$130). This is an excellent backpack for people who don’t want to look like they’re carrying a school backpack. If you don’t want to carry it on your back, it doubles as a tote bag. I’m a huge fan of Porter bags and I don’t understand why you don’t see them so much outside Japan. Great design, great quality, reasonable price.

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Porter Union backpack

 

(2) Kontex Imabari Towels

These are the most absorbent bath towels I have ever owned in my life. Better yet, they’re lightweight and thin, but they get you dry in seconds. Kontex towels don’t take up a lot of space in your washer and dryer or in your closet, unlike those big thick heavy towels. They’re beautiful and inexpensive. I bought my Kontex towels at Isetan in Shinjuku (Tokyo). Next time I go to Japan I might just take a train to the town of Imabari where Kontex makes these towels and buy a pile of them for bath and kitchen.

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Kontex Imabari Towels

 

(3) Shoyeido incense

I went to the atmospheric Shoyeido store in Aoyama (Tokyo) and wanted to buy every kind of incense they had. They sell exquisite incense holders, too. If you want to take home presents for yourself and others, nothing beats incense and incense holders because they’re small and lightweight. The main store of Shoyeido is in Kyoto.

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Shoyeido incense set

 

(4) Vintage fountain pens

If you are looking for vintage fountain pens, the place to go in Tokyo is Eurobox. It’s a bit difficult to find because it’s hidden in an old building on a side street in the Ginza district. Fountain pen collectors from many countries go to Eurobox because of the amazing selection and the reasonable prices. Mr. Eizo Fujii, the owner, speaks English. He carries Japanese, American and European vintage fountain pens.

Eurobox fountain pen store Tokyo

Aurora Europa special edition fountain pen

Eurobox is located at:
Okuno Building 4F
1-9-8 407 Ginza
Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061
Hours: Thursday: 11:30-19:00 and Saturday: 11:30-18:00 (best to call to make sure)
Phone: 03 3538 8388

(5) Shiseido Maquillage True Powdery UV Foundation

If you have even slightly oily skin and large pores, this powder foundation from Shiseido’s Maquillage line is all you need. For once, the advertising copy does not lie: they say it hides large pores and looks fresh for hours and it does! When I bought this foundation, it came in a special package with a small tube of the Maquillage Perfect Multibase BB cream and the sales woman instructed me to wear the powder foundation on top of the BB cream for maximum effect. It was quite miraculous. My pores disappeared, my skin looked even-toned, but natural. It does not feel heavy at all. You can buy Shiseido Maquillage products from drugstores all over Japan.

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Shiseido Maquillage True Powdery UV foundation

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See the 2013 Top Cool Things to Buy in Japan.

For a short primer on cosmetics shopping in Japan, read my post about Lunasol products and shopping for makeup.

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Perfect winter candle from Diptyque: Sapin Dore http://www.shopplr.com/2012/11/perfect-winter-candle-from-diptyque/ http://www.shopplr.com/2012/11/perfect-winter-candle-from-diptyque/#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:49:40 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1678 Now that the weather has turned colder and we are spending more time indoors (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), why not make our homes cozy and inviting? One of the ways to cheer ourselves up during these dark wintry days is by using scented candles. With the Christmas holidays coming, I suggest a […]

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Now that the weather has turned colder and we are spending more time indoors (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), why not make our homes cozy and inviting? One of the ways to cheer ourselves up during these dark wintry days is by using scented candles. With the Christmas holidays coming, I suggest a winter candle from Diptyque called Sapin Doré which fills your house with the aroma of pine woods.

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Description from Diptyque website: A special fragrance which pays homage to the most celebrated fir tree in the world, it transports the user straight to the heart of a forest of golden spruce trees. Infused with balmy, comforting and warming notes, it conjures up the sweetness of festive memories.

If you prefer a warmer, more exotic scent, check out Amber Oud, a spicy Oriental blend of rare spices infused with warming resins and balsams.

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A warm cozy winter with Toast http://www.shopplr.com/2010/11/a-warm-cozy-winter-with-toast/ http://www.shopplr.com/2010/11/a-warm-cozy-winter-with-toast/#respond Sat, 20 Nov 2010 22:58:32 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1132 I have been a fan of Toast, a UK online retailer of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as home accessories. Toast began as a catalog company, but has since opened stores in London, Bath, Guildford and other cities. They have the best catalog with photo shoots in the dreamiest locations. The clothes are wearable, […]

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I have been a fan of Toast, a UK online retailer of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as home accessories. Toast began as a catalog company, but has since opened stores in London, Bath, Guildford and other cities. They have the best catalog with photo shoots in the dreamiest locations. The clothes are wearable, classic, cozy and tactile. And they deliver to places outside the UK. Here are a few examples from their winter collection.

www.toast.co.uk

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Diptyque limited edition festive holiday candles: pine, spicy orange and oliban http://www.shopplr.com/2010/11/diptyque-limited-edition-festive-holiday-candles/ http://www.shopplr.com/2010/11/diptyque-limited-edition-festive-holiday-candles/#respond Thu, 18 Nov 2010 01:34:09 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1106 The holidays are upon us again and if you want to add an extra festive atmosphere to your home, consider Diptyque’s wonderful candles, which you can buy at the online Diptyque store or at a Diptyque boutique near you. In the past I have used Diptyque’s Feu de Bois (“wood fire”), a sophisticated combination of […]

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The holidays are upon us again and if you want to add an extra festive atmosphere to your home, consider Diptyque’s wonderful candles, which you can buy at the online Diptyque store or at a Diptyque boutique near you.

In the past I have used Diptyque’s Feu de Bois (“wood fire”), a sophisticated combination of rare woods scents that make you feel as if you are lounging in a warm cabin in the French Alps, or Pomander (orange studded with cloves and cinnamon – a very Christmasy smell). I have even burned both candles at the same time to create my own unique combination which really puts me in the holiday spirit.

This year, Diptyque has created a special limited edition festive holiday candle collection featuring Pin, Orange épicée and Oliban with gorgeous etched glass candle holders.

Pin is the “scent of pine needles and a hint of patchouli”, Orange épicée is similar to Pomander but is more complex (“sour orange with a mix of essences of winter spices: Indian ginger, star anise from China, clove”) and Oliban is mysterious (“a mystical and deep scent: the essence of lemon and elemi, incense and myrrh”, which makes you think of the Three Kings bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh). They make wonderful holiday presents but if you prefer to use them in your home, they will make any holiday party especially festive. The limited edition candles are priced at $68.

www.diptyqueparis.com

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Favorite online shop: Toast http://www.shopplr.com/2009/09/favorite-online-shop-toast/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/09/favorite-online-shop-toast/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:33:05 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=658 I have been a fan of Toast for many years. Toast is a UK-based shopping catalog which has both a beautiful paper catalog and an online shop. Not only are the photo shoots so mysterious and atmospheric, the merchandise is unique and gorgeous. Since it’s getting colder, you’ll find Toast’s cozy throws and blankets, sweaters […]

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I have been a fan of Toast for many years. Toast is a UK-based shopping catalog which has both a beautiful paper catalog and an online shop. Not only are the photo shoots so mysterious and atmospheric, the merchandise is unique and gorgeous.

Since it’s getting colder, you’ll find Toast’s cozy throws and blankets, sweaters and jackets, mittens and socks to be all you need to thrive this winter. I especially love the flannel pyjamas and bed linen. Toast also sells housewares, such as ceramic bowls, rugs, and bins.

Toast opened a few shops in the UK, including a small concession in Selfridges in London. But for those of us who do not live in the UK, it’s good to see that they still have the online catalog.

Toast
191 Westbourne Grove
Notting Hill
London, W11 2SB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7229 8325
www.toast.co.uk

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Profile: Fabric Designer Philippe David http://www.shopplr.com/2009/07/profile-fabric-designer-philippe-david/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/07/profile-fabric-designer-philippe-david/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2009 14:29:25 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=283 The designer spotlight this week focuses on Philippe David, an artist and textile designer from France. Philippe designed fabrics for 6 Mandel, an elegant chambre d’hôte not far from the Eiffel Tower in the chic 16th arrondissement in Paris. Born in 1961, Philippe received his diploma from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Appliqués et des Metiers d’Arts […]

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The designer spotlight this week focuses on Philippe David, an artist and textile designer from France. Philippe designed fabrics for 6 Mandel, an elegant chambre d’hôte not far from the Eiffel Tower in the chic 16th arrondissement in Paris.

Born in 1961, Philippe received his diploma from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Appliqués et des Metiers d’Arts de Paris (Olivier de Serres) in 1985. He was selected by fashion designer Thierry Mugler to create prints for Mugler’s fashion shows, as well as for the fashion house’s Japanese lines and the bedding collection for the US market. Philippe moved to New York City and began doing work for the Clarence House; he has also worked with Fujie textile putting together several exclusive home funishing lines. These days he splits his time between Paris and New York, working on many diverse projects.

Photo of Philippe David by Céline Niezsawer

Photo of Philippe David by Céline Niezsawer

  • Favorite restaurant: Indochine on Lafayette Street in New York City where he recommends the steamed fish in banana leaves.
  • Favorite food shopping area in Paris: rue Montorgueil (a pedestrian-only street near Les Halles) and rue due faubourg Saint Denis.
  • Favorite patisserie: Stoehrer on rue Montorgueil (the bouchée à la reine is divine).
  • Favorite shopping area: the Palais Royal which has boutiques such as Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Didier Ludot (vintage classics).
  • Fabric shopping: boutiques along the rue du Mail.
  • Best vintage garage sale in Paris: in the 2nd arrondissement, the “vide grenier” on the 18th of September.
  • Favorite holiday location in France: his small farm near Bernay in Haute Normandie (30 minutes drive from Deauville/Honfleur/Trouville).
  • Inspirations: People watching in Paris and NYC; street fashion; the verdant lush natural beauty of Normandy, contemporary art galeries in West Chelsea and the Marais, students in his textile classes at the Paris Fashion Institute, his manufacturers’ great use of silks, natural fibers and pigments.

On 1 September 2009, Philippe is hosting a cocktail party in the Marais in Paris (on the rue Saint Paul) to kick off a month-long exposition of his work. On 23 September 2009, he is holding a cocktail presentation of his new collection of area rugs and fabrics in New York City (at TexStyle 200 Lexington, Suite #423). Find out more at TexStyle. Philippe’s work was featured in a TV show last fall in France: http://www.france5.fr/question-maison/index-fr.php?page=article&id=1880

Philippe David Dessins
251 Rue Saint Denis
75002 Paris
France
+33 (0)6 71 18 15 21
http://philippe-design.blogspot.com

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Piegato book case by Matthias Ries: simple lines, easy assembly http://www.shopplr.com/2009/05/piegato-bookcaseby-matthias-ries/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/05/piegato-bookcaseby-matthias-ries/#respond Thu, 21 May 2009 07:04:19 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=268 I found this beautiful hanging book shelf system from a French online design shop called Design De Collection. It is a bookshelf called Piegato by German designer, Matthias Ries. It is a “laser cut and powder coated sheet steel delivered almost completely plain, which results in a simple and cost effective transportation. The customer then […]

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I found this beautiful hanging book shelf system from a French online design shop called Design De Collection. It is a bookshelf called Piegato by German designer, Matthias Ries. It is a “laser cut and powder coated sheet steel delivered almost completely plain, which results in a simple and cost effective transportation. The customer then bends out the required amount of shelves from the plain and mounts the hole rack with just two screws in a few minutes. Due to the environmental friendly production, the freight size and the recyclability Piegato also holds a brilliant ecological balance.” It can support approximately 9 kilos.


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Merci: new quirky concept store opens in Paris http://www.shopplr.com/2009/03/merci-concept-store-opens-in-paris/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/03/merci-concept-store-opens-in-paris/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2009 16:02:39 +0000 http://shopplr.com/?p=213 If you’ve been to Colette, you’ll love Merci, a new design concept store which opened this week in the 11th arrondissement, close to the Marais. Started by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of Bonpoint (probably the most chic line of children’s clothes in the world), Merci carries a quirky mix of high fashion (YSL, Stella […]

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If you’ve been to Colette, you’ll love Merci, a new design concept store which opened this week in the 11th arrondissement, close to the Marais. Started by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of Bonpoint (probably the most chic line of children’s clothes in the world), Merci carries a quirky mix of high fashion (YSL, Stella McCartney, Marni and Isabel Marant) at 40% off prices in other shops. They also sell Bonpoint’s clothes and Annick Goutal perfumes at 40% off (Marie-France is the sister of the late Annick Goutal), books, furniture and flowers in a 1500 square meter light industrial space. Merci donates all of its profits to a children’s charity in Madagascar. A must-see when you are in Paris!

Merci
111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
France
+ 33 1 42 77 10 38

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Elementos Argentinos: handwoven rugs and blankets from northern Argentina http://www.shopplr.com/2009/02/elementos-argentinos-handwoven-rugs-and-blankets/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/02/elementos-argentinos-handwoven-rugs-and-blankets/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2009 21:24:42 +0000 http://shopplr.com/?p=171 If you are looking for beautiful, unique rugs and blankets, check out Elementos Argentinos, a boutique in the Palermo Viejo neighborhood of Buenos Aires founded by Fernando Bach and Pablo Mendivil. Each rug or blanket is handmade by weavers and craftsmen from the northern provinces of Argentina where people keep alive the old tradition of […]

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If you are looking for beautiful, unique rugs and blankets, check out Elementos Argentinos, a boutique in the Palermo Viejo neighborhood of Buenos Aires founded by Fernando Bach and Pablo Mendivil. Each rug or blanket is handmade by weavers and craftsmen from the northern provinces of Argentina where people keep alive the old tradition of loom weaving. They also carry table runners and textiles.

I interviewed Fernando Bach to find out what inspired him to start this business and what advice he has for entrepreneurs who are looking to do the same.

Q: Who are these native weavers in the northern part of Argentina — can you give us a background about their culture?

A: In South America, prior to the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, the art of hand-spinning llama, alpaca and vicuña wool (sheep were introduced by Spain) and loom weaving was widespread. More than 500 years later, we find the craftsmanship still thriving. We work with a lot of Native South American weavers from a variety of ethnic groups: from Kollas and Aymaras in the northwest of Argentina to Wichis in the Northeast and a lot of “criollos” (persons of mixed descent). We try to mix their ancestral knowledge with more contemporary designs in order to create unique pieces.

Q: What inspired you to start Elementos Argentinos?

A: I am from Tucuman, in the northwest part of Argentina, and after living in Buenos Aires and even in the States for a few years, I went back to visit relatives and became friends with an amazing group of weavers who needed help in selling their incredible creative products in Buenos Aires, so I offered to help them out doing that. I ended up giving up my carrer as Hotel Manager for this really rewarding project.

Q: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while running this business?

A: I think the most surprising thing is how people react when we tell them how our products are made and the fact that they are made 100% by hand, and in certain cases, dyed with vegetables like onions, nut tree roots or yerba mate, a traditional sort of tea that Argentinians drink all the time. That is always the beginning of a very interesting conversation that can lead to suprising places that goes from global warming and politics to good places to eat in Buenos Aires or art.

Q: What advice would you give to small entrepreneurs in other countries who want to start similar businesses?

A: I would suggest that they learn as much as possible about the product: how is it made, techniques, ancestral knowledge. Also to keep costs as low as possible and to go step by step, but most of all, I’d suggest to respect the idiosyncrasies of each ethnic group you want to work with.

Q: What is your background?

A: I studied Social Communications and did post-graduate studies in Business Management, worked as Hotel Manager for several years and now run Elementos Argentinos. I am 40 years old.

Elementos Argentinos
Godoy Cruz 1720
Palermo Viejo
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4832 6299
www.elementosargentinos.com.ar

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