Last week Louis Vuitton announced that they would be opening the doors to their first ever café and restaurant.
Located in Osaka, the brand’s four-story flagship will now also be home to Le Café V and Sugalabo V – which cements the French fashion house’s foray into the culinary world.
This comes after news that Louis Vuitton purchased the second-largest diamond in the world, as well as their recently-announced multi-year partnership with the NBA. So, prepare yourself to see the LV logo on just about everything.
As for the restaurant, there will be no branded bites unfortunately as the menu has been curated by none other than famed chef Yosuke ‘Suga’ Sugalabo, hence the restaurant’s name, Sugalabo V.
The chef, whose 20-table eponymous restaurant is one of Tokyo’s most renowned eateries, also designed Le Café V’s menu. The café, located on the top floor of the four-story building, features a Cocoon Room, a terrace and a bar.
The café is connected to the restaurant via a speakeasy-esque door, where the entrance leads to an open-kitchen set up.
Although it’s hyper-contemporary in its design, the Louis Vuitton Maison reflects Osaka’s heritage first and foremost. Japanese architect Jun Aoki is behind the building’s ‘billowing sails’ façade. The design was inspired by sailing vessels, an ode to Osaka as Japan’s most important port.
The interior was designed by New York City-based designer Peter Marino. The space features traditional Japanese materials, from woodwork to origami.