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MARINO MOMENT: Ermenegildo Zegna feted its new Tokyo flagship Thursday evening, attracting the likes of Peter Marino, who designed the store, as well as Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado and a male model clad in a kimono made of Zegna fabrics. Marino has a long roster of upcoming projects including upcoming Zegna Global Stores in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Louis Vuitton flagships in London and Rome, and Chanel’s first freestanding beauty store in Tokyo. Of the latter, he deferred talk on the specifics but made his enthusiasm known loud and clear. “I’m getting paid very nicely and I’m very happy to be doing it,” he said, letting out a hearty belly laugh. More chuckles came later, when Marino and Anna Zegna mused on the Japanese preoccupation with business cards. “I ran out around 11 this morning,” he said. “They probably collect them like baseball cards.” Meanwhile, Gildo Zegna pondered the tough retail climate but kept up a brave face: “You have to keep a positive mind. The good thing is that you have lows in America and [Japan] but you have highs in China. God bless China!”

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