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Designers Touch Down in Tokyo

Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of their new handbag line.

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BUSY BODIES: A cluster of designer names touched down in Japan last week. Acne creative director Jonny Johansson hosted a bash Thursday night to fete the brand’s new flagship in Tokyo’s Aoyama district. Nicola Formichetti was among the more notable VIP guests. The following night, Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright hosted a cocktail party at restaurant Eatrip to celebrate the launch of their new handbag line, which marks the pair’s first foray into bags. Carmen Kass also attended the intimate affair.

“We love it here, and we’re looking for another space for another store,” said Wainwright. “The first time I came here I witnessed...the Japanese can adopt something and take it to a really weird level of excitement. And I’ve seen a couple of brands just have stratospheric success and then crash, and so our plan is to just take it really easy and just learn about what was going to work here.”

Neville said that Rag & Bone will be opening a shop-in-shop in the Futako Tamagawa district of Tokyo in March, and they hope to open one more store in the Japanese capital later next year. Rag & Bone already has one flagship in Tokyo in the Omotesando area.

On Saturday, Neville and Wainwright were due to make their way to Osaka for the first time for that city’s first edition of Fashion’s Night Out, which took place at Hankyu department store.