Christian Dada's first flagship store out of Japan opens on Orchard Road
If you've noticed the building tucked between Robinsons The Heeren and Knightsbridge on Orchard Road recently, then you'd have had a peek at Christian Dada's embroidered leathers flanking the expansive glass windows. Housed within a modest and nondescript space known only as 268 Orchard Road, the newly opened flagship store marks a milestone for designer and founder Masanori Morikawa — one of Japan's rising talents to keep an eye out for.
Just like Morikawa's brand DNA of time-honoured embroidery coupled with influences from youth subcultures, Christian Dada's first standalone boutique outside of Japan pays homage to tradition despite its contemporary veneer. Layed out like a Japanese karasansui (landscape) garden, metal 'rocks' dot the 1,700 square foot boutique, bordered by origami structures (see above) — one housing its fitting room with a fully mirrored interior for an optimal shopping experience. Stocked with the brand's fall/winter 2016 collection — 'Love on the Left Eye' — featuring a collaboration with artist Araki Nobuyoshi, trust Morikawa to turn Nobuyoshi's bondage imagery into an utterly desirable street-infused offering.
And just like his work, the store — inspired by Morikawa's travels to the island of Naoshima — is not the first time the rock and rebel designer's been enchanted by the beauty of nature. After all, it's his ability to compose a melange of the badass and romantic, delicate and controversial, that places him as one of Japan's most promising young designers.
Christian Dada is located at 268 Orchard Road, #01-02, Singapore 238856.
Read our interview with Masanori Morikawa of Christian Dada.