Tokyo to the Max

Stepping into Restir Midtown on Tokyo's busy Gaien Higashi Street is like entering an ultra-hip Ian Schrager hotel or some very mod take on a Mark Birley London club. There are no window displays to reveal what awaits inside: a sleek black concierge desk, loungelike purple velvet couches and black Murano glass chandeliers. Designed by French interior architect Laur Meyrieux, Restir Midtown (above) is the latest Japanese retail sensation, the brainchild of Hiroaki Takashita, president and CEO of Restir Holdings, who is revolutionizing the ultra-luxe shopping experience with his unique stores. Ever since 2000, when less-expensive trendy clothing began to flood...

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