Must Visit Shop in Korea - VILLA SOOHYANG Flagship store

Named after the founder, Kim Soohyang, Villa Soohyang first launched in 2014 with a small store in Itaewon then recently opened its second new store in Garosugil. The 2 storey store is a result of a transformation of a residential house and the interior have been kept to minimal covered in crisp white walls accentuated with deep blue hues to evoke the brand’s modern spirit. Kim chose the subtle pink packaging for the brand and the candles because she wanted to create scents that were gentle and not overpowering. Kim believes that scents will not only allow you to bring a special touch to the space you dwell in but also can be the perfect tool to style the space you occupy every day. 33 scents are available and some named after different ‘places’ in Korea like ‘Gangnam 8’, ‘Itaewon 565’, ‘Ewha’ and more. Soohyang will open its first store in Japan in October and a popup in Hong Kong’s Chimsachui area in November.

551-8 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-516-5518

Written by Inhae Yeo
Photo provided from Villa Soohyang

Must visit space in Korea - HART

© Jack Lee

© Jack Lee

Hart is the new space opened by Hur Yu in Bukcheon in the heart of the old city of Seoul where traditional houses are preserved and cherished by tourists and locals alike. Hur suddenly decided to close down his 13 year old multi-label shop, first of its kind to open in the city and open a gallery space so he can present a series of collections under a designated theme or subject. There is no sign to distinguish the space as a gallery at the traditional Hanok where details like the tiled roof and the sliding door decorated in traditional pattern attract visitors every day. Look out for the door number placed above the front gate to find the gallery. All are welcome except for when the gallery is closed to prepare the next exhibition which is announced on Instagram. The second exhibition <Vanishing> told the story of his personal collections archived throughout the years as a multi-label shop owner and the first exhibition <Uncool> inspired by designer Gosha Rubchinsky’s Russian accents presented a collection of cool vintage items from the Soviet era. Exhibited items are available for purchase.   

100-6 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-739-8217

Written by Inhae Yeo
Photo by Jack Lee

Selfridges Accessories Hall is now open!

In conjunction with the Selfridges Duke Street project, on the 23rd of November the department store revealed the new accessory hall housing long time existing brands as well as new comers ranging from the likes of Alaïa, Loewe, Celine, Chaos, Chanel and Anya Hindmarch. In the middle anchoring the whole new accessories hall space is 'The Fount', a 14 seater bar serving wonderfully unique drinks inspired by the purest elements including water infusions. 
The new accessories hall can be accessed from Duke Street or from the main entrance through the beauty hall. The space is a phase 1 opening by the department store who invested over £300 million for a 60,000 square ft transformation due to open in 3 different phases with plans to complete in summer 2018.