An inspiration in retailing

Japanese culture in all forms from art, film and design has always been a rich source of inspiration for designers, myself included. The contemporary architectural visions of Todao Ando and Arata Isozaki appear to bridge an almost mystical sensitivity with daring and structural designs seemingly unimaginable elsewhere.

Likewise fashion designers Issey Miyake, Yohoji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons have over the past twenty five years reinterpreted what we think of as ‘clothes’ into some higher art form.

Japan is a destination therefore that I have always wanted to visit. A recent 7 day retail study tour of Tokyo with particular focus on our area of expertise, convenience and food retailing was a dream come true.

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