ISSUE 43  |  Lessons from Japan

A NYC Cult Shop Heads to Tokyo

October 28, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

To be filed under: You can go home again. Designer Makié Yahagi of Makié, in NYC’s SoHo, one of our favorite under-the-radar retailers, recently headed back to Tokyo to open an outpost. In New York, her focus has been on charmingly old-school kids’ clothes, with a smattering of adult sizes and a small collection of linens and kitchen items. The new shop, we’re happy to report, is devoted to housewares and the full Makié lifestyle.

Photography by Tomoko.

Above: The goods at Makié Home, in Shibuya, include Makié’s designs and her discoveries from her travels, from Japanese baskets to made-in-Pennsylvania brooms: “For years I’ve been wanting to introduce to my own country my favorite hunting finds.” The shop opened just two weeks ago.

Above: Offerings include a Makié pillow made from vintage French ticking, Tampico’s linen totes with leather handles, and rabbit fur and merino wool fedoras handmade in France. The outsized white tote is by Khadi & Co.

Above: The store is located in Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, a mixed-use complex designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Fumihiko Maki starting in the late 1960s (and continuing on and off for the next 25 years). The compound includes a traditional tea house visible from the store.

Above: There are also big-picture views of the shop’s lush surroundings. All the fittings, including the trestle tables, were custom made.

Above: Lava-like bowls by French ceramic artist Genevieve Chevallier who has an atelier in Paris. “Her inspiration comes from nature–mountains, sun, ocean, air,” says Makié. “She’s been making and teaching pottery for over 30 years. Her pieces are my favorites in my store.”

Above: Chevallier’s bowls are handy for all kinds of things–Makié also uses them as planters and votive candleholders.

Above: In addition to housewares, Makié’s signature fashions are on offer in adult sizes. For Makié’s many devotees, it’s a thrill to see her expanding her universe.

Above: A folding chair made from antique German grain-sack fabric by artist Yoneyama of Okayama, Japan.

Above: For more details, go to Makié Home. Also see our post Makié Clothier on Thompson Street, and find many of the housewares, accessories, and clothes available online at Makié New York.