Louis Vuitton has opened the doors to its first-ever cafe and restaurant.
The latest flagship includes a stunning Le Café V as well as restaurant Sugalabo V, marking the French fashion house's first foray into culinary waters.
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Housed in the brand new Osaka maison in Japan (which opened on February 1st), the restaurant will start serving on February 15.
Le Café V sits on the top floor of Vuitton’s new four-level Osaka maison.
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There’s a stunning adjoining cocktail bar, with a ship-like brass bar, blue velvet bar stools and illuminated shelves of glassware.
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There's also a generous outdoor terrace, with turquoise chairs and tables.
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The interiors also feature an ocean-inspired terrazzo floor, and more nautical detailing all as a nod to the building’s architecture.
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Designed by Jun Aoki, the interiors are meant to evoke a ship floating on water — the facade itself is reminiscent of billowing sails.
Both the cafe and restaurant will include a menu designed by acclaimed Japanese chef Yosuke Suga, once the protégé of the 32-Michelin star-earner Joël Robuchon.
Hidden behind a speakeasy-style door, restaurant Sugalabo V is only open in the evenings and access will be strictly exclusive; the restaurant only allows a handful of diners per night.
The concept is an offshoot of Yosuke Suga’s critically acclaimed (and equally impossible to get into) restaurant of the same name in Tokyo, which is currently ranked the 47th best restaurant in the world.
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Design details are similar to the original Tokyo Sugalabo, with an open kitchen, warm woods and sleek gadgets, but the rest of the design is distinctly LV. Tokujin Yoshioka designed original charger plates for the table settings – which inspired a variety of the restaurant’s crockery.
So when will we find a Louis Vuitton cafe in the UK?
Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Vuitton, hinted that more restaurants and even hotels could be in the pipeline for the brand.
LVMH, the owners of Louis Vuitton, also bought Tiffany & Co. and were behind Tiffany's first European Blue Box Cafe in Harrods.LVMH-owned Dior is also preparing to dip its toe into hospitality: the brand's flagship on Paris's Avenue Montaigne is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen with a restaurant.
We hope that this is a sign LV will be opening a stylish cafe in Europe very soon.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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