If you build it they will come.
And they did, from every country in the world. From its beginning in the 1980s as a one floor purveyor of Cartier watches and Playboy mugs catering to strictly Japanese tourists, Takashimaya was transformed into a cutting edge respite of global style on
Serene and spacious; this seven-story specialty store has no rival; it is unique as the indie vendors it supported, nurtured are gorgeously packaged cosmetics and fragrance, delicate jewelry, and an on-site florist that specializes in exotic blooms. There's even a traditional tea salon in the basement.
I have lived in NYC all my life. I have watched as
Takashimaya was a place of relaxation for me… it was meeting friends over tea and cucumber sandwiches, lusting for the floral arrangements that rivaled the Brooklyn botanical gardens in their beauty, discovering and writing about the independent perfumers who were showcased.
Six years ago when I started to write about fragrance, I would stop in from time to time, and there was Brenda Welch, PR/Promotions Manager who always offered to take my coat after a hard day, invite me to sit down, while ordering me a cucumber sandwich because I hadn’t eaten.
I invited some of my friends in fragrance who love Takashimaya as much as I do, to send a scented au revoir, さようなら, Auf Wiedersehen and goodbye
"Takashimaya was one of my first accounts worldwide when we launched
We had a wonderful run over the past seven years and Takashimaya became one of the first US stores to carry niche perfumery for a very select clientele (at the time there were of course not as many "niche" lines as there are today. (I recall Monty Taylor and Nicolas Chabert of 06130 selling there before I introduced my line).
I will miss the entire beauty team (you know who you are) and the store itself which presented the best of the best in each category (and on various price levels). Way ahead of its time Takashimaya introduced a store concept which was as innovative and edited then as it is now. I hope Takashimaya will reconsider a presence in the
Perfumer Sarah Barton-King
"Takashimaya is a palace of beauty and extremely thoughtful design on all levels. Their attention to detail and care of vendors and product alike will be sorely missed. There really is no other environment like it. It seems a great tragedy for us to lose one of
Perfumer Neil Morris
The wonderful team at Takashimaya, the amazing clientele made up of world travelers and sophisticated New Yorkers, as well as the caliber of our fellow niche perfumers made it unlike any other retail environment. Takashimaya’s effort to procure and promote niche perfumers is unparalleled. It was an extraordinary honor to have been asked to create the exclusive Neil Morris for Takashimaya
Perfumer Yosh Han
"I am deeply saddened to say farewell to Takashimaya NY, a place I love to visit each time I am in Manhattan with its serene and minimal interiors, the floral boutique and tea box — a fresh respite from the bustle of the concrete jungle, reminding and connecting me to Japan. I hope that the closing of Takashimaya only means that someone else with vision and courage will step forward and give voice to all the talented artisans and designers that were represented. — Yosh Han, Yosh Han Olfactory Sense
Perfumer Gerald Ghislain
"The first time I came in
Since then, I returned several times in New-York and Takashimaya and I am
always charmed by the uniqueness of their items. I am also very indebted
to them because they gave me a chance. They have believed in Histoires de
Parfums and we have launched there our collection of fragrances two
years ago. Today, I would like to thank this great house that has always
rhymed with singularity and excellence". -Gerald Ghislain, Histoires de Parfums
The winds that blows –
ask them, which leaf on the tree
will be next to go
– Kyoshi Takahasha
– Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief