Tom Lewis @ Collectionaires

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a unique pop-up shop in South Kensington. Inside the window are a series of pink creatures pulling obscure faces to the public and begging you to come inside and get to know them.

Collectionaires is a boutique that sells luxury Japanese clothing that is specially hand selected in Tokyo and sold exclusively in the UK by Collectionaires online and in a series of pop-ups. Those working in the store are passionate about their wares and able to tell customers about the designers and all of the garments that are for sale.

While the clothing is beautiful, what caught my eye was the artwork. As well as clothes, the pop-up is also playing host to the art of Tom Lewis, the creator of Burobbu, the pink character who I fell in love with in the window. Lewis’s work is for sale here in the form of watches, prints and sculpture – all of which have a strong Asian influence.

The pop-up is a unique fusion of design and art that provides a welcome sense of originality from what we are used to seeing in London. Despite the high-end designs, the atmosphere is extremely friendly and upon leaving, I was gifted my own miniature Burobbu, who now sits happily on my desk.

Collectionaires remains open for all of your Japanese sartorial needs with the injunction of pink mischief from Tom Lewis’s Burobbu at 46 Thurloe Street until 10 May

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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