There is so much to be said of travel. Apart from providing priceless experiences, travel gives us the introduction to new cultures and a lot of epic stories- travel is more than a luxury, at Herringbone & Sui, we feel traveling is a necessity. This year we’ve been on a bit of a travel binge, having already been to the Amalfi Coast, Amsterdam and Cape Town but this week is a little bit different. Modern, uber luxe and out of this world. Guess where we’re going yet? The land of sake bombs, questionable vending machines and incredible fashion- Tokyo.
Spending a few days in the city, you will quickly come to realize what a fool you are for thinking you had any idea about style or fashion. Japanese men are always impeccably dressed whether taking their dog for a walk or dining at one of the city’s 215 Michelin starred restaurants. You will never find a thread out of place or a strand of hair not behaving itself. The Japanese take great pride in simplicity and sophisticated style while managing to stay one step ahead of the curve. When in Tokyo, make sure you keep your look classic yet trendy almost verging on “Are you sure this isn’t too crazy?” I mean in the land of Harajuku, how crazy is too crazy?
Now let’s get to the meat of this journey. When it comes to eating and drinking, there is nothing that even comes close to what you will experience in Tokyo. From L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon where you’ll experience French fine dining at its best, to the daily changing menu at Ryugin; each meal is memorable. We highly recommend Higashiyama which is set in a homely atmosphere and the more affordable sister of the renowned Yakumo Saryo. We are huge fans of the Teppanyaki at the ANA Intercontinental while the Tapas Molecular at the Madarin Oriental, though an exclusive affair (they only seat eight at a time), is quite mind boggling.
The Japanese may come off as being very rigid and uptight but trust us, they really love to party. From American style cowboy bars to Irish pubs and karaoke bars as far as the eye can see; you will have a plethora of experiences to choose from in this incredibly city. We recommend checking out the NY Bar at the Park Hyatt for those Lost In Translation fans while the Liquid Room and Cotton Club have great jazz. Shibuya has a good mix of chilled out bars along with some after-hours spots. The techno music scene is huge in Japan with lots of music festivals happening through the year. If you’re a serious tech-head, you could venture to Ageha which is the largest techno club in Asia while we feel Womb in Shibuya is slightly more manageable.
The Herringbone & Sui man will choose unique pieces for this trip with a mix of uber trendy and vintage inspired looks to keep you abreast with the locals. If you are completely at a loss and are feeling slightly intimidated why don’t you book an appointment with one of our stylists to create the perfect wardrobe for your summer soujourn?