I like Omotesando for its wide sidewalks and tree-lined main street. It was a warm, humid night, but you could hear the breeze blowing through the leaves all along the street. There's a lot of people watching in Omotesando because of all the shopping--you can find the Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tod's and Dior flagships here. I was admiring the Ralph Lauren building when I saw what looked like an interesting back alley with smaller shops. I decided to do some exploring and found Kate Spade Saturday's flagship location.
Apparently, Japan is Kate Spade's largest market outside the US. I definitely believe it based on the amount of Kate Spade I see walking the streets in central Tokyo, but also because my last eight months in Japan have shown me how local tastes align with the brand's aesthetics. Kate Spade has a certain whimsy that leans towards kawaii and the brands clothes are a little conservative, minimalist and retro, with occasional, cutesy embellishments. That's so Japan!
I didn't go inside because I arrived just as they were closing up shop. While I took the above picture, a couple of Japanese women stood behind me trying to figure out how or if this store is different from the regular Kate Spade. Saturday is meant to be a little more casual (both in terms of style and price point) and aimed at a younger consumer.
I wandered aimlessly for a while before heading back to the apartment and watching a movie I'd downloaded from iTunes. It's great to have a work-free day like this every once and again. 14 weeks to go!