April 07, 2009

The latest design from Habitat creative director Tom Dixon: Tokyo Hipsters Club (6-12-23 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 81-3/5778-2081; www.tokyohipstersclub.com) is a cavernous, three-story concept store in the retail mecca of Harajuku. A self-described "non-architect," Dixon conceived every last aesthetic detail, right down to the bathroom fixtures. The warehouse-style interior is appointed with cast-offs from British gentlemen's clubs (think moose antlers and burnished-leather couches). Much of what's for sale riffs on 1960's counterculture: Pick up a first edition of Allen Ginsberg's poems, then nab one of the Che-emblazoned penknives; or try on a pair of pants from the store's own women's line, christened Mai 1968 in honor of the student-led riots in Paris. On your way out, grab the Club's compilation CD, featuring Johnny Thunders, Iggy Pop, and the Damned.

Tokyo Hipsters Club

The concept behind Harajuku's Toyko Hipster's Club is that cutting-edge is a lifestyle, manifested across a range of products from clothes to books to art. Inside a three-story concrete bunker of a building designed by British firm Tom Dixon, THC includes men and women's clothing and accessories on one floor, books and magazines on the next, and an exhibition space and cafe/rooftop terrace (Cafe Liberte) at the top. The store has its own fashion line, informed by punk and revolutionary sensibilities, contrasting with the leather club chairs and taxidermy animal heads on the walls, a nod to English gentleman's clubs.

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