Establishing its seventh store in Osaka and third Maison in Japan, following the Omotesando and Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo – the four-storey Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji will officially open its doors on February 1st 2020.
Designed in a close and imaginative collaboration by long-term friends and architects, Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, the French luxury fashion retailer’s latest space will house the brand’s very first exclusive rooftop café and restaurant – helmed by the esteemed Chef Yosuke Suga.
Working on the Maison’s exterior, Jun Aoki is known for his work on a number of landmark Louis Vuitton stores across the globe, including the brand’s iconic New York Fifth Avenue Maison. Through his optimal use of natural light, the new Maison Osaka Midosuii exudes a light and airy atmosphere, with each level illuminated to create a sense of calm and respite.
Featuring a façade inspired by the sails of traditional Japanese Higaki-Kaisen cargo ships, Louis Vuitton honors Osaka, as the Japanese island of Honshu’s largest port city and commercial center.
Combining a maritime aesthetic with the incorporation of traditional woodwork and origami washi paper – the Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji reminisces the spirit of a yacht with wood-clad pillars and metal roofs, whilst wooden flooring creates the impression of decks. Worked to create varying volumes, the vast space presents a balanced mix of spectacular halls and intimate lounge corners.
With the ground floor dedicated to women’s accessories, the subsequent mezzanine floor offers a bird’s eye view of the palatial main hall whilst showcasing the Art of Travel through an array of luggage options. Browse the complete offering of Artistic Director, Nicolas Ghesquière’s women’s ready-to-wear collections on the third floor, and be enthralled by Men’s Artistic Director, Virgil Abloh’s work on the fourth. The Maison will also feature women’s products such as the mink hoodie, blue sapphire Tambour watch and B Blossom necklace during its exclusive opening.