Lucien Pellat-Finet Opens In Osaka-------
Cashmere king Lucien Pellat-Finet celebrated the opening of his first Osaka shop on Friday night. Local members of the style set partied at the four-story Shinsaibashi district boutique, the designer’s third in Japan, and got a head start on Christmas shopping, picking up items by the artist Mister, a Takashi Murakami discovery. The evening’s sellouts, though, were the Osaka special-edition crystal leopard skull and pot leaf-motif cashmeres. Osaka is to Tokyo what L.A. is to New York—a different vibe, a different dress code. Its bright, flashy sensibility is a perfect fit for Pellat-Finet’s pop creations. “In Osaka, they can do whatever they want, they don’t care,” he said. “I like that!”
Pellat-Finet reunited with the architect Kengo Kuma, who worked on his space in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, to create the striking rounded wood honeycomb structure covering the store’s walls. And since the shop stands in a space previously occupied by a landmark café, together they converted the basement into the Lucien Pellat-Finet Café. With its low ceiling, small bar, and eight seats, it’s intimate in an oh-so-Japanese way, but the menu, bien sûr, is French.