Maison Margiela store, Osaka – Japan

September 13th, 2017 by retail design blog

In the land of the rising sun, shopping is a fave pastime for many, and for a good reason. Leading retailers go the extra yard, offering tightly curated merchandise, top-level customer service, and very often, a retail environment that sweeps you off your feet. For discerning Japanese males, and we mean the power shopping kind, Hankyu men’s ticks all the boxes. Stocking only top brands from the fashion galaxy, it’s a coveted venue where some choose to have a high-profile presence by way of a shop-in-shop. And such is the case with Maison Margiela, a renowned fashion house which has had a prominent presence here for quite some time, but recently relocated within the department store’s vast men’s section.

The look of the shop-in-shop follows the brand’s quirky design codes, featuring carpeting in a trompe-l’œil wooden planking motif that covers more than half of the store, extending even on the wall, right up to the ceiling. Furnishings comprise of clothing racks of galvanized steel, a mirror-clad sales desk with glass top, folding chairs in white cotton covers, and a repurposed sea container serves as a fitting room. The relocated Maison Margiela shop-in-shop carries men’s apparel, accessories, shoes, leather goods and fragrances.

Design and photography: Maison Margiela

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