IN STORE: Japanese accessories company Samantha Thavasa is expanding beyond handbags into the high-stakes world of Tokyo retailing. This October, Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited will open 8 Million, a specialty boutique stocking fashion and beauty goods as well as a new line of Samantha Thavasa handbags designed by Katie Hillier. Kashiwa Sato, famed for his Uniqlo stores, is designing the new store while Toshikazu Iwaya, the former designer of hip Tokyo label Dresscamp, will oversee the store's private label fashion offering. The three-level unit, located in Ginza near Cartier and Celine, also will house a beauty salon. Kazuyuki Terada, chief executive officer of Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited, said he would like to emulate Paris' Colette and create a place where "customers are truly able to enjoy shopping."
TRAVEL CHIC: Since selling a majority stake in their business to Samsonite, Lambertson Truex designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex knew it was only a matter of time until adding a travel collection — after all, the accessories brand is centered around a luxe lifestyle. The duo has partnered with Samsonite on a travel accessories line, dubbed Lambertson Truex Luxury Travel, that will be available for purchase at Lambertson Truex and Samsonite Black Label stores starting in January. The line will retail from $395 to $25,000, and ranges from leather-trimmed tote bags to a large crocodile valise. "We designed this collection to remove the stress of traveling. Travel is about excitement and that begins with packing your luggage," said Truex.
"You deserve to be both comfortable and stylish when you travel," added Lambertson.
FOOT NOTE: From beauty to booties: Pierre Bouissou, former business unit director of the care product division of Parfums Christian Dior, has been appointed general manager of Berluti. Bouissou took up his new role at the LVMH-owned luxury men's footwear brand earlier this month.