We are very glad to welcome artist Mai Ueda at Bows & Arrows this Saturday for a pleasant tea moment.
Mai Ueda is a contemporary artist who has lived in cities including New York, Los Angels, Berlin and Paris. Her work can not be restricted also she has worked across mediums including internet, poetry, performance, music, fashion, drawings, ceramic and tea ceremonies, lately interested and learning Noh theatre in Japan. More at maiueda.com Mai is also a co founder of world tea gathering a movement to explore new way of tea with spirit of tradition together with Adam Somu who will be joining and supporting the tea gathering at Bows and Arrows.
Tea ceremony starting at 3pm, Saturday 19th May of 2018.
Bows & Arrows / Japan-Best
17, Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth
The Kokeshi studio of Akihiro Sakurai, is located in Naruko, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Naruko, a very famous spa community, has one of the oldest and strongest traditions of Kokeshi that dates back more than a hundred years. Surrounded by the majestic nature of Naruko and nurtured by a lively flow of travelers, they are always striving for further sophistication while honoring generations of family Kokeshi tradition—meeting contemporary demands while promoting Kokeshi culture. They produce traditional Kokeshis in types such as “Iwazo,” “Mannojo,” and “Eikichi,” (all named after their ancestors) as well as wooden Hina-ningyo type Kokeshis.
This companies Kokeshi tradition goes back to Matagoro Ohnuma, who is believed to be the founder of Naruko Kokeshi, towards the end of the Edo period. Since then, surrounded by the abundant nature and hot springs of Naruko, they have produced Kokeshi for generations.
Discover our selection of Sakurai Kokeshi at our store and on our e-shop.
Discover our selection of simple yet delicious deli products from Japan. You can success any meal by adding a sip of Kewpie, the famous Japanese mayonnaise, organic rice vinegar, full-bean soy sauce, organic tonkatsu ketchup, yuzu koshi spicy moutarde, ....
Only available at our store.
In addition to Ayame eyewear selection, we've added Kame ManNen pairs.
Although manufacturing methods have changed over the years, Kame Mannen's passion for craftmanship still remains, evident in every piece. For years Kame Mannen has been at the cutting edge of new material technology. Skillful combination of titanium frames and gold plating were first developed by Kame ManNen in Japan.
Founder Shigeru Wakabayashi believes in the timeless, good-old and his brand thus stands in constrast to the fast-paced and trend-driven world of today.
The name “KameManNen” is derived from an old Japanese proverb, meaning “Turtle (lives) ten-thousand years”. The turtle as the company symbol expresses the attributes Shigeru defined for the brand – humbleness, longevity and timelessness.
KameManNen values understatement. Money is not invested in marketing but back into the product to keep the highest standard of quality. To name an example that illustrates this: Kame Mannen sticks to the traditional, costly and time-consuming method of making acetate temples that prevent the acetate to move with time.
This refusal to compromise on product quality necessarily leads to a small selected distribution.
Enjoy our selection at our store and on our e-shop.
Tokyo-based eyewear brand „Ayame“ was established by Yu Imaizumi in 2010. Having worked in the beauty industry as a hair & make-up artist from the age of 16-21, he now applies his passion of "making faces more beautiful" to the creative direction of Ayame.
The desire to create his own sunglasses evoked when he experienced distress wearing Western brands, which are stylish but not particularly made for Japanese bone structure.
Deciding to produce his own brand in 2005, he learned eyewear design through training from Yellow Plus founder Mr. Yamagishi in the mecca of eyewear, the small city of Sabae, Fukui, and self-study thereafter.
It took him 5 years and much tenacity to convince the highly skilled craftsmen from Sabae to produce for him.
Today, the Ayame brand is very much connected to the Tokyo fashion scene. Nevertheless, his design approach is not to stick to what fashion dictates. His core philosophy is to design items that make a face more beautiful.
The brand name “ayame =菖蒲” means Japanese Iris. The flower is the symbol of Yu Imaizumi’s home town. By changing the word’s characters to “ayame =彩目”, Yu attaches a new meaning to the brand: “aya =彩” means colouring and “me =目” means eyes.
“Ayame” pursues to create a tool to colour your eyes.
Models available at our Marais store, our Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.
"Day begins with a piece of underwear, ending in underwear"
T Cutsewn Maison is a line of original underwear t-shirt with an exquisite quality production. Its smooth touch, from the way you pick it up, fresh in the morning, to its feeling on your skin is a divine and sensitive moment of pleasure, a perfect way to start a day and end it with your bed sheets.
Since 1821, Egyptian cotton is one of the most precious cotton ever produced because of it's no-machine process during its farming. Thanks to a delicate hand-picking, the fibres stay intact and straight, making it even more stronger, softer and durable than regular cotton. Touch a bed lining or garment made of Egyptian cotton and you will never want to touch regular cotton anymore. By 2000, Egyptian cotton has been trademarked to help consumers distinguish between genuine Egyptian cotton and falsely labelled imitations. Every product made, T Cutsewn Maison products included, endorse an official Egyptian Cotton holographic GIZA45 stamp approved by Sea Island Club (Japan).
T Cutsewn Maison is available at our Marais store and on our e-shop.
We're happy to welcome "Inner Lights", a photography exhibition by artist Ricci Mondo.
Born in Kobe in 1950, Ricci Mondo is been living both in France and Japan, while working as a photographer and fashion designer.
Taking picture has always been Ricci's favorite medium of creation, starting in his early age with analog then digital. During his graduation at Kyoto University of Arts, his main working area was the dark room to play with chemicals in the aim of obtaining lights treatments and paper. But Ricci got frustrated by analog restrictions and leaved his experiments apart of his photographing work.
With the boom of digital photography, Ricci Mondo was able to experiment again with retouching and go deeper with treatments, playing with colors to find a deeper understanding of every shoot. He discovered lights hidden in the dark and how he can draw colors and lights from objects.
Prints will be available for purchase in a very limited edition:
A0 & B2, editions of 2
A3, B4, A4, editions of 8
April 19th to 3rd of May 2018
Vernissage April 19th from 6pm to 8:30pm
Bows & Arrows (Marais store)
17, Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth 75003 Paris
Uno Hake is a brush workshop from Nihonbashi, a Tokyo district well know for its traditional and old stores dedicated to hand-made products. The brand has just turned 1 century old last year, in 2017 and is managed by a mother and her daughter. Together, they produce beautiful brushes made with the finest natural hair from pig, horse and goat. Everything is carefully crafted in their workshop, from the magnolia handle to the tip, each of them sewn by hand, one at a time. Enjoy a selection of shoe, cloth and cleansing brushes at our Marais store, our Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.
Komon Plates (Classic, Kid, II & III) are available again in stock ! Enjoy a selection of beautiful plates in different sizes, with traditional patterns representing perfectly the art of Arita, birthplace of ceramic in Japan. Available at our Marais store and on our e-shop.
Japanese sweets are also back in store ! Enjoy a wide selection of candies, snacks and gadgets with bright packaging and nice story: some of our products are produced since a century, had been featured in various film, used by geisha, in everyday life in Japan, ....
Only available at our Marais store.
Don't miss Ricci Mondo photography exhibition at our Marais store ! "Inner Lights" is an exhibiton where photography has been digitally played with and where light comes out from the darkness. Ricci Mondo draw shapes and forms into the photography as a way to search every possibilities of every snap.
Exhibition is held until 1May 3rd.
From tomorrow and every Saturday, enjoy a tasting of some sake from our Japanese alcools selection. It's a great way to try dry, fruity and floral sake and find the right one for you. To complete our range, we're also selling Umeshu (plum) and Yuzushu (citrus) liquors, Shochu (sweet potato) liquor and whisky.
Alcools are only avaiable at our Marais store and you must be +18 to be eligible for tasting.
While tasting, you will be able to enjoy our Beverage Menu in french, a notice that help customer the tastes of each sake and its better usages, from cocktail to dessert.
A Deli Menu is also availble for our Bows & Arrows green teas and epicerie fine products. As for now, we're also serving tea in Saturday: Sencha, Kukicha, Genmaicha and Hojicha.
Kokeshi is a beautiful object of craftsmanship: made from cherry wood, every detail is painted with bright colors and lacquerware by artists from all over Japan. Of course, each of them is unique and date from 20 to 150 years ago. Enjoy our selection of over 50 vintage Kokeshi dolls in our Marais store and our Printemps de l'Homme corner.
Direct from Tokyo, a selection of vintage Yukata and Kimono. Each one has been carefully picked for its fabric, pattern and colors. Enjoy our selection at our Marais store.
Bows & Arrows has been featured on Beams website, regarding the new arrivals of Beams Japan craft and Tokyo Cultuart by Beams art pieces, apparel and accessories.
You can shop the Beams curated selection at our Marais store, our Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.
Moc’T is a brand belonging to one of the most important spinning company in Japan. Shinnaigai has been at the very beginning of many sports high-tech fibers. Shinnaigai works with all the major Japanese fashion brands, supplying them with best quality cotton or wool.
In 2016, Shinnaigai’s president was visiting an old sweatshirt factory in Osaka’s country side and decided to buy the 1950’s machines that he found in a corner of the factory: the Moc't project was starting.
Shinnaigai brought back the machine in its Osaka factory, creating one of the only remaining three or four factories producing authentic loopwheel terry cloth in the world.
The loopwheel process was developed by Italian inventor Guiseppe Negra back in 1926, using machines which rotate around cylinders at an incredibly slow rate to create layer after layer of cotton. These machines can only complete twenty-four rotations per minute, meaning it takes an hour to produce just one meter of loopwheeled terry. All that time and effort is well worth it though because the resulting fabric is remarkably durable.
While the resulting product is first-rate, the loopwheel process itself was just too slow for these rapidly scaling companies and in the mid-century they all traded up to faster, side-seam manufacturing for their knits.
As vintage garments have continued to inspire modern designers, there has recently been a significant resurgence of interest in loopwheel sweatshirts. For years now, reverent workwear brands have turned back to loopwheel as no other fabric can create that soft and sturdy texture which characterizes the legendary sweatshirts of the forties and fifties.
Moc't collection is limited to very few pieces in only one color: the legendary “GR7” grey, the most classical color used by the most famous sport brands from the 1950’s.
Competitors will surely continue to modernize and digitize their processes, but Moc’t small Japanese factory will continue to churn along at one meter per hour to guarantee premium comfort and quality.
Moc't collection has a very limited distribution in Japan, only being sold at three prestigious shop in Tokyo. Bows & Arrows is the only store outside Japan to carry Moc't line.
Moc't is available at our Marais store and on our e-shop.
Goto-Tomorrow is a workshop located in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture. M. Fujita and his son has been working on saddlery goods, with techniques passed through 4 generations. Thanks to their continuous and fully handcrafting work as saddler, they have now come with a line of accessories for our beloved pets.
Made from a single piece of leather and carefully hand stitched one by one. Lead and collar are made to be strong and usable for years. The leather is smoothened for hours to be sure it feels soft and confortable on dog and cat's neck.
Available at our Marais store, Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.
Tsukamoto Donabe rice-cookers are back in stock. They're your perfect tool to cook rice easily, on gaz stove and even micro-wave. Donabe is pot that can also be used to cook different recipies: miso soup, ratatouille, dumplings, roasted vegetables, ...
Available at our Marais store, Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.
We’re happy to welcome you from today to our temporary corner at Printemps de l’Homme G/F. You will find a selection of products available at our Marais store, exclusive items and more than 10 different collections of Porter bags and accessories.
Bows&Arrows - Printemps de l'Homme
from March 16th to 30th of April 2018
Main Floor - Booth 21
64, Boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris, France
T. +33 1 42 82 54 99
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat: 9:35AM to 8PM
Thu: 9:35AM to 8:45PM
Sun: 11AM to 7PM
M°: Havre - Caumartin
Bows & Arrows has been featured on Air BnB selection of concept stores curated by Gildas Loaec, founder of famous French-Japanese brand Kitsune.
Why are you going: The wood shelves and its white walls create a calm atmosphere. The very large selection of handmade Japanese products is selected by the couple Thierry Lamoine and Arrow Nakajima. You will find creations at every price range: tableware, fashion accessories, beauty like the soap in a fish shape by Tamanohada.
To know: New arrival coming every Thursday and they welcome some occasional Japanese events such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), tea ceremony, gift wrapping sessions.
We're happy to introduce new brands at the store.
Beams is a prestigious company that every Japanese know. They operate Beams stores all over Japan, known as "culture shops", a place where you're sure to find the trending and avant-garde products. In April 2016, they launched a new store and brand "Beams Japan". It's 6 floors are dedicated to Japanese products, from snacks, to craft, art & design. We're happy to have a selection of Beams Japan craft products, such as the wonderful glass cup, hand-blown and the fans, traditionnally made.
Another interesting project by Beams is called Tokyo Cultuart by Beams. Launched in 2008, Tokyo Cultuart is a space between a shop and an art gallery, promoting Japanese artists. The shop carries a wide range of art & design products (above) such as exclusive collector toys by artists such as Hiroshi Iguchi, Masataka Kurashima and Tadanori Yokoo, but also fashion clothing and accessories (below) from artists such as Voo, Himaa and Kotobuki Studio.
Paper brand Kunisawa has a motto,“ I do not seek, I find.”
Based on the founders family, Shimbashi Kawachiya, who continues to create all expressions made with paper and ink, including special printing / processing & letterpress printing. Since it's founding in 1971, it has shaped inspiration with creative clients including advertising agencies, graphic designers, photographers, and artists.
In 2017 they launched a high quality notebook, pursuing the texture of paper. Copper cashmere processing which makes it durable for a long time. The shape is inspired by our history with paper that reminds us of the fragrance of ink with a silky touch. Shimbashi's craftsmanship hopes to bring their history and craftsmanship that is affordable for everyone.
Shoelaces help to lend a different impression to your footwear. Vincent Shoelace see laces as being the hairstyle of your shoes reflecting your personality, who you really are. From material selection a braiding to choosing the right aglet to accent the lace, all made with care in Japan.
Starting from scratch with each design, Vincent Shoelace braid and test again and again, releasing only the laces that meet our highest standards of design and quality.
Why not give some older footwear that you love a new lease of life with our laces? Or reinterpret some new shoes with a different lace line up?
Livrer Yokohama is a one-of-a-kind dry cleaning shop in Yokohama that specializes in cleaning stage costumes for clients that include Cirque du Soleil's "Totem," and some of the world's top artists including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and famous Japanese artists. Costumes used for live performances are often made with complex patterns and delicate materials, making them very difficult to clean without exceptional experience, knowledge, and skill.
Utilizing this expertise, Livrer Yokohama developed a laundry detergent that does not need a fabric softener. A luxurious blend of palm-derived cleaning ingredients, amino acids and amino silicone, which are cosmetic grade moisturizing and softening ingredients.
Each glass is made by hand. The Sugahara craftsmanship brings out the warmth of each glass. Their motto is: “Glass is alive” & “Conversing with glass”. For the glass craftsmen of Sugahara, this is a natural expression. There is a moment when glass, as a liquid under extreme heat, attains its supreme beauty. That moment is captured, and a form is given to it. Drawing out the infinite potential of glass to the fullest. Creating a unique shine and flowing forms.
Bows & Arrows has been featured on an article of Vogue Paris, dating of Tuesday 30th of January 2018. How to make daily life more beautiful ? Enjoy our Kenkawai Binchotan Toothbrush (available here) and Tamanohada Welcome Soap Black in the scent of Muscovado (available here).
See the selection of 25 products on Vogue Paris here.
Bows & Arrows has been featured on Ines de la Fressange newsletter of January 25th.
Between perfect Japanese translations, she explained how she has been in love with Azmaya copper kettle (available here), Azmaya inban small plates (available here), Uno Hake and Edoya brushes (available here) and our selection of cute gadgets and goodies, from stationary, to kitchen tools, cosmetic & beauty, etc.
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In the name of Bows & Arrows team, we wish you a Happy New Year, full of discoveries. We would like to thank our customers for this great year shared together and hope to continue sharing our value regarding Japanese contemporary craft and products.
New year means resolutions we would like to see accomplished. You already know our Daruma selection made by Daimonya, a company which has 2 century of creation. Today, we would like to introduce you to Kanuma Woodwork Projects, a serie of "Engimono", lucky-charms in the shape of antique gods mask and pins. Each god has its theme: love, luck in business, match-making, ... Cherish them with you, as head piece, accessory, home decoration and be sure to see your wish come true.
Bows & Arrows has been featured on Intramuros Design Guide 2018.
"Bows & Arrows opens a new store in the 3rd district gathering the best of the Japanese's lifestyle with contemporary spirit. With home-made products from brand such as Porter Yoshida and Co, Suve, Time & Style, ...
All the articles are exclusively Made-in-Japan, made by qualified craftmen and masters of art. A constantly evolving place, every thursday the store redesign itself and presents its new products."
Bows & Arrows has been featured on Air France Magazine (December 2017)
We're glad to invite you to discover Japanese handcrafted products at our Isetan Mitsukoshi The Japan Store x Bows & Arrows pop-up store, located inside Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris.
Stationary, lifestyle, tableware, handcrafted & design product, cutlery are among the different universes we offer during this pop-up. An ideal moment and place, perfect to discover Japanese culture and finalizing your Christmas shopping. Make (yourself) unusual gifts to surprise more than one.
BOWS & ARROWS x ISETAN THE JAPAN STORE
from November 28th to December 22th
The Japan-Store - Institut de la Culture du Japon à Paris
101 Bis, Quai Branly 75015 Paris
Tuesday to Saturday, 12AM to 8PM
Vernissage Tuesday 5th of December from 6pm
Bows & Arrows is the perfect place to find unusual gifts with a nice design and great story that will surely be a success behind any Christmas tree.
More than nine brands have been included to our collections since this Fall season:
Absorb up to 150ml with Suuu sponges !
The name “Suuu” comes from the Japanese verb“Suu” (吸う )- “to absorb” - the additional “u” indicates the enhanced absorbing powers of the sponges.
A powerful and cute friend to your daily tasks.
Shigeta is a line of cosmetic products made by Chico Shigeta and produced in her own laboratory based in Paris. 100% natural formulas and a high concentration of raw organic ingredients.
Beautiful clear resin sculpture empowering a fragile dandelion. MoMa's shop permanent best-seller, dive into a meditative journey through its contemplation.
Each dandelion is carefully selected then molded inside liquid resin. Comes with a certificate.
Discover a traditional Japanese "school project", dishclothes made of seven layers of rayon textile used as anti-mosquitos that very convenient as wiping tables, sink and any plain surfaces. One is infused with binchotan charcoal which has an anti-bacterial effect.
The more you wash and use them, the softer they become.
We are very pleased to welcome Edoya as a permanent brand in the store.
The company is having its third century anniversary next year, in 2018, through more than 10 generations. Edoya founder learned brush making in Kyoto before installing his workshop-shop in Nihonbashi district of Tokyo.
Shoes brushes, clothes brushes, tooth brushes, painting brushes, cleaning brushes, hair brushes, ...
Using only natural hair from goat, horse, pig and bear with a very traditional stitching technique, you will certainly fall in love with one of them.
Beauty Care is a line of beauty accessories especially created for men, founded by blade-master group Kai. Using forgery history of sword making, samouraï's katana, Kai developed a high-end line of accessories made of stainless steal with a modern touch. Strong and highly durable, be sure to be able to use those products for couple years.
KOSHO TAILOR TOYO
The core of the KOSHO embroidery is the creation of the design from the inspirational, Japanese historical patterns, and apply them onto the dedicated mold. Here we introduce the "mold" as the foundation of embroidery.
The embroidery used for Souvenir Jacket requires certain advanced technology. A special sewing machine called "side swing sewing machine" is required for the completion of the task, instead of general automatic sewing machines. By gradually adjusting the speed with the foot pedal and the swing width of the needle with the lever on the right knee, each skillfully craftsman is obliged to move the fabric with embroidery slowly by hand. The influence of each embroidery work depends largely on craftsmen's skills and their senses on width of the embroidery, the needle foot, and the color of the embroidery thread.
Sola offers beautifully preserved plants, exquisitely in the form of a 4x4 cm acrylic cube. They can be arranged and combined in multiple patterns to inspire sensitivity and learning. Arrange your Sola cubes, observe them intently, and appreciate the wonder or botanical lives.
Every Sola cube is carefully handmade by an experienced Japanese craftsman, and each one takes considerable time and effort to complete. Outstanding craftsmanship is required to ensure that this small transparent cube, which measures only 4cm, holds a plant at its very center and that no air bubbles get inside.
Aomori Hiba is unique to Japan and considered one of the three major beautiful trees of Japan, along with Kiso hinoki cypress and Akita cedar. As it grows slowly by weathering the northern severe snowstorm with a high resistance, Aomori Hiba has been used as building materials of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples since ancient times.
Cul-de-sac extract the natural hiba oil from the wood waste of over 250 year-old Aomori Hiba wood through water vapor distillation. There are more than 40 different kinds of ingredients in the essential oil extracted from the Aomori Hiba. Two ingredients, Hinokitiol and β-Dolabrin, have the strongest antibacterial effect. Trees with Hinokitiol and β-Dolabrin are rare in the world. In Japan, only the Aomori Hiba has these two ingredients.
Time slowly goes by with each drip of coffee.
The series 'Slow Coffee Style' was born to bring you the taste of coffee brewed by the pour-over method with the relaxed passage of time.
The stainless steel filter is durable and can be used repeatedly. As this filter leaves more coffee oil in the dripped cof-fee, you can enjoy rich aromatic coffee. It can be used with the heat-resistant glass carafe, porcelain brewer, or the plastic brewer.
Place the stainless steel filter on the carafe and put medium ground coffee into the filter. Then drip the coffee by pouring hot water slowly. Coffee dripped through a stainless steel filter retains more coffee oil, which brings you the rich aroma of coffee. The stainless steel filter is durable, and so can be used repeatedly. You can see the dripping process in the glass carafe and know the amount of dripped coffee when it reaches the dot on the server. After dripping, you can place the used stainless filter on the holder, which comes as a set. The holder can also be used as a measuring cup for coffee beans. All parts are stackable to save space.
The gently curved narrow spout lets you adjust the pouring speed and volume of hot water. The lid won’t fall off when you tip the kettle as it is connected to the body. The kettle can be heated on the direct fire as it is made of stainless steel.
A pressed plywood tray with a non-slip coating on the surface. The wide lips on the ends of the tray provide an easy stable grip, while the narrow width lets you use it as a placemat.
We're happy to invite you to the exhibition of two new brands showcasing their collections for the first time outside of Japan.
Ten - a collection of homeware decoration made from hunted textiles such as pure indigo textiles, with some of them having a century old history. Each product is unique as it has been perfectly captured from different textiles sources: kimono, farmer clothes, furniture textiles, ...
Tsukamoto - a collection of tableware made in Mashiko, 2 hours North of Tokyo, with 150 years stories of pottery making, following the Mingei movement (art & craft). Its local soil used on their product is the key of its famous property, seen nowhere else.
Both lines are using unique techniques used for centuries in Japan with a modern twist that will softly enhance your home.
Ten & Tsukamoto exhibiton
from April 20th to 4th of May
@ Bows & Arrows
17, Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth 75003 Paris
Open on tuesday from 1pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30am to 7:30pm