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Introducing TRY before you BUY!

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We're excited to have been accepted as an early partner for the new 'Pay later with Klarna' payment service (alongside such names as ASOS and Topshop, so we're quite flattered. If you've not heard of Klarna yet, you might as least recognise their melting ice cream ad above). WHAT IS IT? The concept is pretty simple - we send you things to try on at home and you only pay once you've decided to keep them. If you return them, you never pay. There's no messing with excessive up-front payments, or risk that you pay and we don't deliver, and you don't even have to worry about refunds if you don't like things - because you don't pay until you...

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Butikku comes to Regent Street

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After 4 years of travelling around London, in the form of 19 popup shops, we've finally made it back to the heart of London's West End. Our second ever popup event was on Piccadilly over the Christmas period of 2013, where we allotted about three square meters in a spaced shared with ten other small brands (see our old blog). But now we're back and this time we have a place we can truly call home. We've been lucky enough to work with a couple of friends on this new space: Soho+Co is a boutique architecture/design firm, and founders Tom and Jasmin are both hugely interested in Japanese design and culture. It's no surprise then that they have become something of a 'go to'...

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Takashi Murakami at Butikku

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Butikku is collaborating with Japanese art specialist Kumi Contemporary to show (and sell) a selection of contemporary works. As the opening exhibition at our Maddox St popup, we've selected a number of works by one of Japan's most famous and successful artists - Takashi Murakami.

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Special event - Regent St Xmas lights switch on

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Regent Street switches on the Christmas lights on Thursday 16th November To celebrate, the whole street will be closed to traffic and there will be entertainment for everyone. Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton will be hosting a grand show featuring incredible performances by Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Regent St will be pedestrian-only from 4PM to 9PM and most stores will be hosting their own special events and promotions. Late night at Butikku Butikku will stay open until at least 9PM and we'll be offering some VERY SPECIAL DEALS, only for the evening. We'll also be joined by our friends Tengu Sake, who will be offering a free sake tasting during the evening. So it's an ideal time to visit Butikku...

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Our summer popup

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If you didn't decipher the picture, and we'd be impressed if you did, it's a working sketch by Frank Auerbach of Primrose Hill. And in case you didn't guess, that's where our summer popup boutique is. We're at 107 Regents Park Road, NW1 8UR. Open every day in July (1st - 31st) from 10am to 6pm (or later if you ask). Of course we have all of the clothes you'll find on this website in-store, plus many more styles we've not had time to photograph. And we also have two exciting new accessory brands which are not yet on the website: Luxury silk scarves by Keiko Kuroishi (as sold in MOMA, New York) Incredible glass jewellery by Luce Macchia You'll...

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The story of Tanabata

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Tanabata is the story of two lovers, which developed in Japan around the 8th century as a variation of an older Chinese story.  Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King, or the universe itself), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "heavenly river"). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone. Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (彦星 Cowman/Cowherd Star, or literally Boy Star) (also referred to as Kengyuu (牽牛)) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly...

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Tanabata celebrations at our Primrose Hill popup

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It will soon be the 7th day of the 7th month, the day of 'Tanabata' in Japanese tradition. come and celebrate Tanabata with us In Japanese mythology, 'Tanabata' is the one day of the year that the celestial lovers Orihime (the star, Altair) and Hikoboshi (Vega) are reunited and a date that is widely celebrated for its romantic significance. (You can read a brief version of the story on our blog). Since we've just opened our latest popup in Primrose Hill, we thought it was a wonderful opportunity to have a celebration of Tanabata in our new space. So we've invited along a few new friends to make a little event, which we'd love for you to come to. On Friday...

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Vegan or vegetarian? Love Japanese food? then read on...

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I love Japanese food. But then who doesn't? (OK I've heard that some people don't, but I simply have to conclude that they are wrong :-) ). But what if you love Japanese food and are vegetarian or even vegan? I've heard many people comment on how difficult it can be to find vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Japan, despite the wealth of amazing food options. Our friend 'Tokyopony', a self-proclaimed 'lover of all things Japanese', had exactly this problem when she first visited Japan a few years ago. But inspired by her visit, she has spent the last few years at home developing her own cooking skills, to create an enormous variety of amazing Japanese-inspired vegan dishes. Since 2013 she has been sharing pictures and...

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Japan’s wild, creative Harajuku street style is dead. Long live Japanese style

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Quartz magazine recently published an interesting article on the closure of leading Japanese street fashion magazine FRUiTS, following their acceptance that the world famous Harajuku-centric street fashion culture simply isn't what it once was. Quartz talks with FRUiTS founder Shoichi Aoki and photographer Daphne Mohajer about the change in youth fashion and the evolution of fashion retail in Harajuku - “People wear a lot less vintage, there is less of a sense of eclecticism and much more mainstream fast fashion,” Mohajer says. “They look good, but they look familiar.” That’s not to say that Tokyo, and Harajuku specifically, has lost its sense of style. Creative fashion is still more part of the culture in Japan than, say, in the US, and...

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Butikku @ the Design Museum*

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* technically we're not actually 'at' the museum, we're about 50m away :-) Our Xmas popup for 2016 - 246 Kensington High St We've spent a long time trying to find a space to popup on Kensington High St and we've finally made it. And just in time to coincide with the launch of the brand new Design Museum! In store We have more choice for you than ever before, with around 300 different products from over 20 designers now in stock (that's way more than double what we've found time to load onto the website). So whether you're looking for a beautiful and distinctive winter coat, something to wear to all those December events, or a gift for a...

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