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Prada’s Osaka five-storey boutique

With its 30-metre-high façade inspired by kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and the full range of collections over five floors, the new Prada store in Osaka can’t fail to impress

Sally Ashley-Cound,

Prada has opened its first standalone store in Osaka’s upmarket Shinsaibashi district. The full range of collections from the Italian design house will be showcased over five floors covering 1,500 square metres.

Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the new Osaka store offers the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories and footwear collections displayed in distinctly styled areas.

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Just inside the entrance, polished steel, crystal, green velvet and a black-and-white chequered floor create an optical illusion, as displays and the leather goods housed inside them are reflected in each other.

The velvet and crystal theme is continued on the further two women’s floors, with the addition of fabric walls, Perspex panels and green velvet sofas. The top two floors of the store house the menswear collections, with wooden flooring, ebony wood walls, rust-coloured ostrich leather sofas and dark brown carpets providing a distinctly masculine atmosphere.

Outside, Prada’s connection to the arts has been channelled into the store façade, which takes influence from the work of Venezuelan kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. The 30-metre-high sculpture, which seems to change as visitors move around the front of the store, is an impressive and bold statement, stamping Prada’s mark on the district of Shinsaibashi.

Prada, 2-8-18 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0085, +81 (0)6 6484 0551

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