Olympia Le-Tan’s Japanese Book Clutches

Her SS16 collection—a tribute to Tokyo's Hotel Okura—embroiders Rashomon, Hokusai and Hello Kitty onto handbags

Paris-based, self-taught fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan has been creating covetable book-shaped clutches in small editions since 2009. Recreating everything from classics like Shakepeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” to cookbooks and the more obscure and vintage, each intricately embroidered evening bag celebrates craftsmanship and literature—and brings to mind a time not-too-far-ago when people actually carried books. Most recently, Olympia …

Juban Carries on the Mural of Izakaya Ten

When one Japanese pub closed, another opened in its place with a revamped aesthetic featuring notes from the past

While izakayas—or Japanese pubs that serve snacks to accompany beer, sake and shōchū—are plentiful in Japan, they’re a rare find outside the country. For a long time, Izakaya Ten was the NYC go-to for authentic but approachable Japanese bar experience. It balanced a cozy yet refined feel, and when the venue closed last year it left a huge gap in the NYC dining scene. When …

Artist Interview: Aki Inomata

Discussing nature, cultural appropriation and ornamentation with the artist famous for her hermit crab series

Born in Tokyo, artist Aki Inomata has been exhibiting her work since 2004. She received an MFA in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008 and is a recipient of the 2014 YouFab Global Creative Awards Grand Prize. Over the last couple years, her “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?” series has received recognition in Japan and abroad. The …