Postcards from… Tokyo
When Satine boutique’s Jeannie Lee describes her fashion aesthetic, she cites the street style of Tokyo as a major influence. The Hancock Park resident’s West Hollywood shop has remained in the L.A. style vanguard since she opened the 3rd Street store in August 2003. And she continues to expand her reach in the Southland; last year Lee added a shop on Abbot Kinney, and this summer she’s conjured a pop-up on Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Lee stocks a mix of international lines including Lanvin, Isabel Marant, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Carven, and Tsumori Chisato as well as indie designers and the racks in all of her shops are constantly edited to reflect her vision. Lee travels to Tokyo a few times a year and says she finds herself frequenting many of the same shops and restaurants during each visit. Here is a list of her favorite Tokyo haunts.
By Elizabeth Varnell
CERULEAN TOWER TOKYU HOTEL I’ve been staying at this hotel in Shibuya for 10 years because I love the neighborhood and the staff there is like family. Also, I’m obsessed with the 7-Eleven that is attached to the hotel. It has the best skin care, cute socks and green tea Kit Kats.
NI A lovely cafe in the back of Ron Herman.
NICOLAI BERGMANN FLOWERS & DESIGN The Minami-Aoyama flagship has such a beautiful Scandinavian-style cafe. I am obsessed with the in-house fragrances, especially the vintage rose perfume. And because Tokyo is such an urban city, it’s so refreshing to be in a place with so many flowers.
RYUGIN, KAGURAZAKA ISHIKAWA, KANDA My favorite places for authentic Japanese food are Ryugin, Kagurazaka Ishikawa and Kanda, and I usually order a combination of items like tonkatsu, tempura, or a fish dish with vegetables.
SUPER A MARKET The best selection of fashion and lifestyle I have seen in a long time.
ARTS&SCIENCE I still love their style-the visual merchandising is genius. Now it has a shoe store as well.
FOUND MUJI This is the new Muji store that carries recycled items. I could spend a whole day here.
KAKIMORI Lovely stationary store with a really great selection of paper.
TSUTAYA You wouldn’t believe the selection of art and fashion books at this great bookstore.
Pictured: Jeannie Lee
Photo by Lucy Akin