Masterpiece – Kyoto

Master-Piece is another of the great design stores that one should visit while in Kyoto. MasterPiece specializes in waterproof bags; thoroughly designed with all the correct compartments, straps and details.


Le Grand Bleu – Tokyo

Tokyo’s Le Grand Bleu is a rock fashion boutique and every rockstar touring Japan makes a stop here.  The US based equivalent would be LA’s Maxfield, but it is not really an equivalent.

Kama Asa Shoten – Tokyo

On the main street in Tokyo’s Kappabashi’s (Kitchen Town), not far from the famous Asakusa, Kama Asa Shotensells general kitchenware, and specializes in knives and specialty tools. A must for all professional chefs and amateur home cooks!


Maach Ecute – Tokyo

If you are cruising Akihabara, definitely swing by the Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi. There is access to the pltform cafe and roofgarden and, importantly, there is a Hitachino’s Nest Brewing Lab for tasting many a life affirming beer!


Saint Charles Apotheke – Vienna, Austria

Originally named “Apotheke zur heiligen Dreifaltigkeit“ (Holy Trinity Pharmacy) the Saint Charles Apotheke has been preparing and selling herbal remedies since 1886. They now also sell their own cosmetic line, as well as other natural cosmetic brands.