Balenciaga opens a Tokyo store, On x Post Archive Faction drops & more this week

Balenciaga opens a Tokyo store, On x Post Archive Faction drops & more this week

by Robyn Pullen
10 min

Give yourself a pat on the back—you’ve made it through the week. Before you log off, make sure you get clued up on all of the good stuff. Balenciaga has opened a proper nice new store in Ginza, On has linked up with Post Archive Faction, and A.A. Spectrum has dropped the Synaesth-theasia campaign. If that has wet your weekend whistle keep reading for more of the good stuff. 

On links up with Post Archive Faction

Swiss sportswear brand, On has linked up with Post Archive Faction to unveil a new running-ready range: Current Form 1.0. The new drop blends On’s revolutionary approach to designing footwear and apparel equipped for the ultimate running experience, with South Korean brand Post Archive Faction’s deconstruction and reconstruction of garments, pushing the limits of creativity and function. The experimental new training and recovery wear is tailored to those looking to connect performance athletics with contemporary aesthetics, featuring the X Breaker Jacket, Flow Running Pant, and Cloudmonster 2 sneaker. The collab just dropped today, so hit up On’s website to shop it now.

Balenciaga opens a new Tokyo-based flagship store

Tokyo just welcomed a new three-floored flagship Balenciaga store within the city’s newly rebuilt Toraya Ginza Building. The new store is set to offer Balenciaga’s latest range of men’s and women’s creations, as well as Balenciaga Ginza exclusives, like hand-crafted ceramic tea bowls and vases that will be available in limited quantities. In addition to shopping Balenciaga’s iconic apparel, accessories, and footwear, a curation of rare archival Balenciaga Couture pieces were displayed on the top two levels of the store for a limited time, to be viewed by the public. Although this has now ended, we’re hoping there’ll be more exclusive exhibitions hosted at the store again soon. So, hit up Balenciaga’s new Ginza Tokyo store to shop… and more. 

A. A. Spectrum drops ‘Synaesth-theasia’ campaign

Chinese-born brand, A. A. Spectrum has just revealed its SS24 campaign, a range of nylon jackets, wide-leg cargos, and more, each inspired by the themes of ‘Synaesth-theasia’ with the Chinese symbolism of kites. This is reflected in the fluidity of the collection, seen in A. A. Spectrum’s parachute-style light-weight, nylon SKYSAIL shell jackets; the frayed tape detailing on the DARKHAVEN, a premium loose-fit parka; and the wide-legged ECLIPSE cargo pants. Shot against the backdrop of Accra’s Jamestown, Africa, the campaign shows off the collection’s derivations from nature, through its padded, textured, and blended elements. Find A. A. Spectrum’s new ‘Synaesth-theasia’ campaign on its website now.

Infiniment Coty Paris launches at Liberty London
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Infiniment Coty Paris, the fragrance brand heralding a new era in perfumery, has finally arrived in the UK, celebrating its exclusive launch at Liberty London with a star-studded party last week. Inviting the likes of Bugzy Malone, Kojey Radical, Anais Gallagher, Amy McNulty, and Mo Gilligan, Infiniment Coty Paris hosted a night of immersion in scent, finding themselves in an elevated sensorial flower garden and encountering artworks crafted from Infiniment Coty Paris bottles. The party itself was in promotion of Infiniment Coty Paris’s arrival in the UK, exclusively at Liberty London where you can now find and shop its 14 unique fragrances. Hit up Liberty London to find out more.

Zayn announces his first-ever solo performance

Zayn has announced an exclusive live event to celebrate his forthcoming album. He will make his debut at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 17, performing songs from his Room Under The Stairs Album, which follows the release of the Road Back To The Mic. Zayn’s latest album will arrive on May 17 2024.

Berluti presents the Toujours Soft line

For Spring 2024, Berluti is expanding its line of luxury leather goods to include: Toujours Soft. The latest addition to Berluti’s range of elevated leather accessories is a celebration of the Toujours tote’s 10th birthday. The Toujours Soft reimagines the original silhouette in a – you guessed it – softer, more relaxed style. Using soft Venezia leather and Berluti’s trademark craftsmanship, the Toujours Soft is designed for everyday wear, due to its malleable, comfortable shape. Hit up Berluti’s website now to shop the Toujours Soft.

Chloé’s Fall 2024 “The Beginning” collection is here

Chloé’s recently appointed Creative Director, Chemena Kamali has just dropped the brand’s Fall 2024 collection, which is appropriately titled “The Beginning.” As this is the start of Kamali’s Chloé journey, she describes how in this new collection she has “intuitively embraced the spirit and codes of the house’s history.” As a result, the collection features Chloé most integral core elements, including its functional outerwear, fluid capes, signature blouses, sartorial tailoring, iconic denim, and familiar knitwear. As Kamali explains: “I designed this collection before the one I showed in March. It is a prologue, the introduction and foundation. A re-rooting. A new beginning.” Hit up Chloé website now to find the full Fall 2024 collection. 

Florence Black is starting a new chapter 
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For Spring/Summer 2024, Florence Black has entered into a new era, unveiling the brand new 1954 logo, nodding to the year that Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier. The event is key to the Florence Black brand, as brand founder Finn Lewis’ grandfather was timekeeping on the day. For its latest collection, contemporary menswear staples, such as relaxed-fitting tailored trousers, and vests join boxy shirting just in time for a summer wardrobe revamp. The collection releases at 7 p.m. tonight, so set your stopwatch now. 

Lanvin fuses dance and design with Benjamin Millepied

Lanvin has collaborated with renowned French choreographer Benjamin Millepied for a short film rooted in French excellence. Millepied is known for fusing classical ballet and classical dance, perfectly embodying Lanvin’s connection to dance and music, stemming from founder Jeanna Lanvin’s daughter’s work as a virtuoso musician and dancer. In the film, we see dancer Coline Omasson embody the quintessential  Lanvin woman as she wears Maison’s signature Charmeuse dress and Ballerina shoes. Head to the Lanvin socials or website to watch the movie. 

Freshen up with Eu de BBQ courtesy of KFC

KFC and fragrances? If the thought of the fried chicken chain making a fragrance has you questioning everything you know, fear not—because it is true. KFC has announced the release of a limited-edition perfume, No 11 Eau de BBQ, and it does exactly what it says on the tin (well, bottle, but you get the gist). It smells of the tantalising taste of BBQ that you get when you go to KFC. Sometimes it’s better not to ask questions because it just works. 

Coach and Boiler Room found courage on the dance floor

Last night, Coach and Boiler Room went clubbing to celebrate the launch of Coach’s “Find Your Courage” campaign, where everyday performances helped to empower the next generation to be themselves by nurturing safe spaces on the dance floor. Of course, we were there to capture what went down. COBRAH, Slim Soledad, and Bushbaby were all on the billing, keeping the dance floor going through the night. The event allowed for Coach to bring its “Find Your Courage” campaign from the virtual world and into real life, with the help of some East London club-kid cool. Check out what we got up on Culted’s socials. 

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