There is something intimate about the feel of handcrafted products. Somehow, touching them evoke the warmth and comfort of home, almost as though the emotions of the maker quietly reach you from deep within what has been made. It is difficult to come by products thoughtfully and carefully crafted by hand, though, even in the retail haven that is Tokyo. Good thing, a few brands are hard at work, trying to fill the void.
In a retail market awash with mass-produced, westernized options, designers and small batch manufacturers are revitalizing the retail scene with their energy and vision of infusing traditional art and craftsmanship traditions into modern life.
CLASKA Gallery & Shop “DO” is making a name for itself in carrying unique products lovingly and impeccably made by this new breed of Japanese artisans. Their well-curated selection ranges from simple hardwood furniture and kitschy interior goods to reimagined fashion products. Every piece is designed to outlast trends, and grow with you, taking on a new meaning with every use, until the memories you associate with it make the item truly your own.
By creating a haven where traditional Japanese aesthetics and contemporary sentiments meet, CLASKA Gallery & Shop “DO” has created a place where local brands that rarely come together, do.
Several branches are spread out across Tokyo (and in other major cities in Japan). Each store is integrated with the area’s local community – certain items are exclusive to specific branches.
Visitors come for mementos, maybe for the sole reason that the products are not exactly meant to merely be omiyage. If you cannot escape your busy itinerary, chances are high that you’ll bump into a branch near your hotel, or place-to-see for the day.
1-3-18 Chuo-cho Meguro-ku
Tokyo, 152-0001 Japan