While the quintessential fall boot is slowly starting to make an appearance and reclaim its closet real estate, there is another piece of footwear that is trending across the globe and slowly gaining more territory in a woman’s shoe collection. The simple sneaker, and all of its style-meets-comfort glory, is all the rage in footwear fashion this fall. Shoe designers have aligned with current trends and top fashion labels, bridging the gap between contemporary fashion and athletic apparel. Fusing creativity and function, you can style your comfy kicks to make them look like an intentional trend statement rather than the back-up shoe when the heels start hurting. With high-end additions such as suede, leather and metallic embellishments, the versatility of sneakers makes them a wise investment this season.
After a 7 a.m. start in Tokyo, my partner and I settled on the idea of something easy, romantic, and Italian for dinner. Luckily, we were able to secure same-day reservations at Fiorentina. Conveniently located on the lobby floor of premier hotel the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Fiorentina is a modern Italian restaurant with a café concept in a much larger space. We often reduce our understanding of Italian dishes to large portions, heavy carbs, and the guilt that follows, but Fiorentina offers much lighter options combining both Italian and local ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In doing so, the café reminds us of the simple, rather than the overindulgent, qualities of Italian cuisine.
Vietnam. As far as holiday destinations, it’s an occasionally overlooked pick. While many Tokyoites head to Thailand or Indonesia to play in the sand, Hoi An remains a quiet choice, which also makes it a decidedly affordable one. Local craftworks and charming Viet-colonial architecture make Hoi An a worthwhile two- or three-day stop on any Vietnam tour. But Hoi An is more than trinket stalls and quaint doorways. There’s an indescribable energy seldom found elsewhere, that sticks to you and carries you to places and people you might not otherwise experience. It is, hands down, my new favorite spot in Asia. Here’s why.
If you are looking for unusual Japanese gifts with a modern twist then you will love the Sou Sou boutique. Sou Sou (which means “yes, yes” in conversational Japanese) is a Kyoto-based textile brand with a store in Aoyama. The textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka began his career with Marimekko before becoming one of the founders of Sou Sou in 2002. In the shop, you will find bold, eye-catching modern designs which honor the traditions of Japanese style.