Sugalabo V is the first restaurant created by Louis Vuitton in one of its stores. It occupies the top floor of the brand's recently opened branch in Midosuji - a busy boulevard in central Osaka lined with luxury fashion boutiques.
The restaurant is run by Japanese chef Yosuke Suga, who was acclaimed in 2015 when he opened Tokyo's intimate restaurant, Sugalabo.
Sugalabo V has an equally private atmosphere. Accessible through a hidden "speakeasy style" door, the restaurant has a few chocolate brown dining rooms where only small groups of people are allowed to eat per evening.
The lucky ones can choose to sit at formal tables or around a high counter that overlooks the open kitchen, to get a glimpse of the chefs at work. The leather jewel seats are dotted throughout, while the floor is covered with monochrome diamond-shaped tiles.
Golden brass pipes also snake around the walls of the restaurant, wrapping themselves around shelves that display shiny pots and pans.
The top floor of Louis Vuitton's Osaka Midosuji store also houses Le Cafe V, which will also be supervised by chef Suga.
Complemented in a much lighter palette of colors and materials, the café has a creamy terrazzo floor, huge yellow sofas and iridescent discs hanging from the ceiling. Beverage orders are taken from a huge brass bar counter.
The large glass doors can be folded down to allow access to an outdoor terrace dotted with aqua blue and lime green furniture.
Here, visitors can get a close-up view of the store building, which Japanese architect Jun Aoki created to resemble the swollen sails of a ship.
The opening of Sugalabo V is one of the notable recent events of Louis Vuitton. Just two months ago, the brand reopened the doors of his store on New Bond Street in London, after more than a year of work.
Designed by the American architect Peter Marino to evoke “happiness without intimidation”, the space presents a colorful array of works of art by figures like Tracey Emin and James Turrell.
The year 2019 also saw Louis Vuitton open a Boutique designed by Frank Gehry in Seoul, South Korea and launch a large exhibition in Los Angeles who presented 180 articles from the archives of the fashion house.
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