The Genteel
September 29, 2020

Haydee Kobe

Masamichi Toyama is a down-to-earth and engaging fellow, with a rare aptitude for merging business expertise with intuition and passion. Guided by contrarian beliefs, the retail visionary is always striving for the unexpected.

By Haydee Kobe

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Haydee Kobe

Tokyo Japan

Haydee contributes to The Genteel from Tokyo. She is a freelance fashion designer from the U.S. Prior to pursuing a career in fashion, she worked as a graphic artist in new media and television. Through her work as a designer, she is always trying to discover unique opportunities and experiences to stimulate and shape her aesthetic. She enjoys traveling immensely and is a transient at heart having lived in seven cities located across three continents. You can read more about her experiences in Japan and her travels at: 

Haydee Kobe discovers Bibliothéque, a carefully curated library in the heart of Tokyo. Bibliothéque was born out of the common dilemma of owning too many treasured objects - books, in this case - in which physical space becomes an obstacle. The customers who use the facilities are architects, fashion designers and graphic designers who find a great many uses for this cozy space. 

Haydee Kobe speaks with Masamichi Toyama, the lively entrepreneur behind some of Japan's most beloved brands. He shares his personal favourites of Tokyo - from food and shopping, to the best emerging artists and where to go to be inspired.

Dorothy Vacance is located on a quiet street in Oomori, outside of the madness of central Tokyo. The boutique was opened in April of this year and has quickly become a destination shop for those seeking one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces by designer, stylist and shop owner, Ayano Nakayama, aka Gon. 

A welcome respite from the madness of Tokyo city streets, the restaurant Cocongo is a dream world of modernist primitivism. Conjured up by Chie and Makoto Kobayashi, Cocongo marries primitive and modern design for a result that is at one time arresting and at others inspirational.

Along the Meguro River in the Tokyo neighbourhood of Nakameguro and within the winding streets that lie beyond it are nestled an array of independent boutiques, vintage shops, quaint bars and cosy restaurants. It was on one of these sinuous paths that Haydee Kobe discovered the shop, Piña Colada, and met its charming owner, Takashi Fuchito. 

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