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Gucci to open first Japan store designed by Alessandro Michele in Tokyo


Luxury label Gucci will open a brand new store in Tokyo on December 2, marking a new era in Japanese retail for the Italian brand.

The fashion darling of France’s Kering Group, Gucci will open its first-ever Japanese flagship store designed by Alessandro Michele, the house’s acclaimed creative director for both men’s and womenswear.

Dubbed ‘Gucci Roppongi’, the new Japan offering is located in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, and covers 228 square metres.

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Gucci Roppongi will stock both women’s and men’s collections – including ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories – as well as luggage, leathergoods and jewellery.

The Tokyo boutique will also carry special items from exotic clutches to rare handbag Gucci, made only available in Japan at the new store.

Inspired by a “travel” theme, the new boutique mixes tradition and modernity, as well as industrial and romantic styles, with the shop interior mimicking Michele’s elegant and contemporary eclecticism witnessed in his collections.

Alessandro Michele was appointed Gucci’s creative director in 2015. Since Michele’s hiring, Kering Group has witnessed continued revenue success, particularly in Asia.

Announcing third-quarter results in late November, Kering said Gucci comparable sales were up 17%, an indication of “sharp acceleration in organic growth.”

Gucci accounts for more than 60% of the group’s operating profit, said Kering.

The new Gucci Roppongi store is located at Roppongi Hills, Westwalk Roppongi 6-10-3, Minato-ku, Japan.