Montblanc recently released its Naruto collection, a beloved anime and manga series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the global cultural phenomenon.
Since it first appeared 20 years ago, the Japanese manga Naruto has captured the imagination of fans around the world with its colorful stories about the adventures of young ninja Naruto Uzumaki. With its roots firmly anchored in the culture of writing, Montblanc celebrates the cultural influence of the anime series with the Montblanc x Naruto collection of writing instruments and accessories, leather goods and smartwatches.
The leather goods assortment consists of a shoulder bag, a shoulder bag and a mini reporter to be worn over the shoulder, as well as a tote bag and a clutch with a wrist strap. Each piece features a depiction of Naruto and/or Jiraiya (an old hermit and mentor to the young hero) against black leather, with the bold orange leather backing decorated with the design elements evoking brushstrokes, ink drops and symbols in calligraphic associated with the art of writing.
“Naruto is a cultural phenomenon that appeals to different generations because it addresses life lessons in a dynamic, compelling and accessible way. One of these lessons is the value that comes from the transmission of knowledge, a theme closely connected to Montblanc’s heritage in calligraphy and its continued mission to inspire people to make their mark on the world in a meaningful and purposeful way,” said Nicolas Baretzki, CEO of Montblanc.
Hermès inaugurates a new store in the Taikoo Li Qiantan shopping center, a dynamic meeting point between shopping, culture and leisure in the city. This new location is the luxury brand’s fourth store in Shanghai and the 27th in mainland China, reflecting Hermès’ confidence in the Chinese market.
The store showcases the brand’s 16 métiers across two expansive, entirely bespoke floors, designed by Paris-based architecture agency RDAI.
A two-story double-faced facade, supported by two curved picture windows, welcomes guests. The soft undulations of the building’s exterior are mirrored on the interior, where rounded edges, arches and lines create a harmonious space and a flowing atmosphere of lightness and openness. With the store’s exterior made almost entirely of glass, daylight filtered through a custom 3D printed curtain with a chevron design, the screen creates a sense of privacy and intimacy while providing sound insulation.
The interior – marked at the store entrance by the iconic Hermès bookplate and Grecques lights, designed for the brand in 1925 – is open-plan. Underfoot, terrazzo floors in the Faubourg pattern have been rendered with locally sourced stone in a subtle homage to the city.
Among the artworks selected for the store, a newly commissioned piece by Shanghai-born, French-based artist Wang Suoyuan hangs on the stairway between levels one and two. The painting titled “Étoiles (Magnolia Yulan)” features a jumping horse and Chinese zodiac animals and was created using blue color pigments from around the world.
Shanghai’s most famous geographical feature, the Huangpu River, is also referenced in the soft shades of dark orange and yellow of the second-floor custom-made carpets inspired by the literal translation of Huangpu, “the river of the yellow bank”.
Fashion brand COS known for its minimal style opens its new store at Century Link Mall in Pudong New Area. The 335 square meter space is a bright and inviting new destination for the city’s fashionistas.
It is the brand’s first boutique in China to adopt a new facade with sustainable tiles, which represent the harmonization of traditional and contemporary culture. Designed in cobalt blue, the porcelain facade is sustainably crafted and produced in China’s ceramic capital Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, a take on traditional Chinese porcelain.
Its bricks are 100% sustainable and some of the in-store shelving is reused and refurbished from previous stores, nodding to the brand’s design ethos that has always put lasting style, quality and sustainability first.