Welcome back The Weekend, we missed you old pal. Time to chuck the executive pen and novelty Simpsons tie in the nearest trash can, work is over and you’ve got two days to take your life back. If you’re stuck for ideas we’d like to offer a helping hand with our continuing series, Where to Go This Weekend, a guide that does exactly what is says on the tin. From Coffee, Beer and fine English footwear to Japanese collaboration heaven and Chinese dissident art. Stockholm, London, Tokyo, New York and Berlin, we’ve got you covered. Head on in for some lazy-day inspiration.
TOKYO: the Pool Aoyama Concept Store
If there’s one thing Tokyo isn’t short of it’s a concept store. Well, like it or not Tokyo, you’re getting one. the POOL in Aoyama is the brainchild of the legendary Hiroshi Fujiwara (Fragment, GOODENOUGH, Nike HTM) in conjunction with JUN Group, owners of Uniform Experiment and SOPHNET. Expect exclusive products with the likes of Nike, Supreme, Oakley, retaW and a queue that’ll induce tears.
Opens Saturday. Tokyo Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 5-chome, 12-24.
STOCKHOLM: Denmark’s Mikkeler Bar arrives in Sweden
Cult Danish micro-brewery (yeah, we said it) Mikkeler, recently set up shop in Stockholm’s Vasastan district, becoming an immediate hit with lines around the block. Experimental brews, industrial interiors and a sharp set of brand graphics, founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø adds this to a list that already includes wildly successful locations in San Francisco and Bangkok.
Döbelsgatan 25, Stockholm.
NEW YORK: WP Lavori Brooklyn Store
Italy heads to Brooklyn, as multi-label group WP Lavori set up their American flagship store in Cobble Hill, 1700-square-foot of men’s and women’s wear. Expect fine labels such as Shinola, Pendleton, Unis, Woolrich, Baracuta and many more. Ready your wallet now.
225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231.
LONDON: London Coffee Festival
Coffee may have become decidedly smug over the past few years but that doesn’t stop it being delicious. Recognising that even your Grandma has a favourite barista, the London Coffee Festival continues to tap into the fervour for the bean, bringing together pretty much every decent house and roastery you can think of. Allpress, Nude, Caravan, Union, Workshop and the like all on show. Expect demos, tastings, music, food and lots of other related and unrelated business to keep you full and amused.
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6Q.
NEW YORK: Grenson at Freemans Sporting Club
The final days are upon us as UK shoe brand Grenson get ready to pack up their pop-up at Freemans Sporting Club. To celebrate the end, a series of events has been scheduled including a leather cutting and polishing demonstration from the brand’s Master Pattern Cutter, Roger Tuffnel, on Saturday. Get your special orders in while you can.
8 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002.
BERLIN: Ai Weiwei “Evidence” at Martin-Gropius-Bau
An incredible 6,000 wooden stools take over the atrium at Berlin’s sprawling Martin-Gropius-Bau hall. Part of Ai Weiwei‘s Evidence show, the contemporary artist shows unseen work in impressive surrounds. Not to be missed.
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany