What is it with the Japanese? They just appear to genetically possess a seemingly effortless ability to create exciting, conceptual and beguiling retail spaces that draw you in and mesmerise you into opening your purse!
Plain People is no exception, on the contrary, its eight, beautifully laid-out stores should come with an acute shopportunity warning that will leave you depleted of cash, but floating home with armfuls of perfectly-curated gifts and treats from clothing and food to accessories and lifestyle goods.
Where else could you find kooky leather dolls, Citrus beaded necklaces and adorable cashmere mouton stoles, all delightfully merchandised alongside Darjeeling tea from the Makaibari Tea Estate, and an ever-changing roster of own label and European women’s fashion staples, like scarves from Faliero Sarti, shoes and boots from Freelance, summer straw bags from Sans Arcidet and hats courtesy of Sha.
From On Za Line comes a range of ultra-delicate ceramic leaf dishes, as well as seriously chic heavy porcelain cuffs and bangles, while from Bamboo Island in Omura Bay come deliciously packaged organic olives. If your pantry shelves are bare stock up on the eclectic and prettily packaged range of pickles, jams, herbs and fermented seasonings. One-stop shopping, Japanese-style!