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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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