World-renowned fashion and sneaker retailers Kith are set to open their ninth location in Tokyo, Japan.
The company has shared pictures of the breathtaking interior of the shop (designed in collaboration with Daniel Arsham’s Snarkitechture firm.) Retail displays are characteristically minimal, well-lit, and extremely polished. While all Kith flagships involve a display of white casts of a Jordan 1, this store is special; inspired by founder Ronnie Fieg’s hunt for Japanese-exclusive Air Force 1s, this store features an impressive display of multicolor cast AF1 lows.
Interior displays include a tower of Kith collaborative sneakers, a vaulted ceiling marked and backlit by white Air Force 1 casts, marble benches and floor detailing, and luxe free-standing display cases. While the first floor is akin to Kith’s traditional retail experience, the upper floor features Kith Kids products and a diner-inspired Kith Treats bar serving cereal, ice cream, and coffee. Notably, however, the store’s apparel offerings will be exclusively in-line Kith; that is, all apparel will be limited to Kith’s private label clothing or collaborative releases. The store will, however, offer footwear from other brands. Kith will also release a Japan-exclusive Air Force 1 to commemorate the store’s opening.
The all-new Kith Tokyo store will open this Saturday, July 4th, at 11AM. The store is located at Miyashita Park North 1st & 2nd Floor, No. 10800, 6-20-10 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 Japan, and will be open from 11AM-9PM daily.
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To coincide with the opening of our Tokyo flagship this Saturday, we will be releasing something very special. Something I have been dying to speak about for a year now. But first I want to share some context… In the early 2000s (mainly 2001) Nike began releasing exclusive Air Force 1’s in Japan that weren’t available anywhere else. This program was called Concept Japan or co.JP. I was doing everything possible from my bedroom in Queens to get my hands on them. Hunting online, trying to make connections overseas, etc. To this day, the co.JP AF1s are some of my favorite ever. Not only for their unique colorways and materials, but also for how hard they were to get. Moments like these are why I truly love footwear. When designing our new Tokyo flagship, I wanted to pay homage to this moment in my life. I decided not to continue our Jordan cast motif, but instead chose a new silhouette for a new continent – the Air Force 1. We created white AF1 casts for our domed ceiling entryway, as well as a gradient color palette in the front window of our footwear section of the store. Finally, my dreams were realized when the good people at the Swoosh saw my vision and we worked together to relive the era of the co.JP’s with a Japan-exclusive Air Force 1 of my own. Inspired by the Japan flag (which is seen on the tongue label), we used a premium white leather upper with red hits like the velvet lining. We rounded it out with classic elements like a vintage off-white sole and an embroidered mini-Swoosh on the forefoot. Our Kith monogram on the quarter panels was the final seal of approval. The Kith x Nike Air Force 1 “Tokyo” will release in-store only at Kith Tokyo this Saturday 7/4. It will never release online or at any other Kith shop. For those of you who don’t live in Tokyo, I hope you appreciate the hunt the way I did 20 years ago.