Mother of All Pearls

Ja­panese jew­eller Miki­moto hosted an ex­clu­sive cock­tail event to show­case its im­pres­sive new store at 1881 Her­itage

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In April, Miki­moto hosted the grand open­ing of its new­est con­cept store at 1881 Her­itage in Tsim Sha Tsui, invit­ing celebri­ties and so­cialites to help mark the oc­ca­sion. The launch also cel­e­brated the 123rd an­niver­sary of the 1893 pre­sen­ta­tion of the world’s first cul­tured pearl by Ja­panese en­tre­pre­neur Miki­moto Ko­kichi, the founder of the brand.

Miki­moto Ko­kichi’s late-19th-cen­tury suc­cess in cul­tur­ing pearls was a sig­nif­i­cant event and a key turn­ing point in the in­dus­try. De­spite wide­spread scep­ti­cism about his work, he per­se­vered and cre­ated the first cul­tured pearl af­ter nu­mer­ous trial-and-er­ror ex­per­i­ments. His ul­ti­mate suc­cess es­tab­lished the Miki­moto brand as the “Pearl of Kings.”

At the 2,100sqft con­cept store, the doors open to re­veal a space that hon­ours the ma­jes­tic ocean. Taste­fully fur­nished in white, the op­u­lent in­te­ri­ors pair mod­ern tex­tures with tra­di­tional Ja­panese arts. They re­flect and high­light the her­itage of the brand through a num­ber of de­sign el­e­ments, in­clud­ing dec­o­ra­tions that draw in­spi­ra­tion from the Yagu­ruma obi clasp of the early Showa pe­riod.

Kick­ing off the open­ing cer­e­mony were toasts and cel­e­bra­tory wishes from sev­eral top Miki­moto fig­ures: Hi­toshi Yoshida, the brand’s pres­i­dent and rep­re­sen­ta­tive di­rec­tor; Ya­suhiko Hashimoto, the brand’s di­rec­tor; and Toshiyuki Ku­mai, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the brand in Hong Kong.

As ex­pected, the highly an­tic­i­pated launch was a daz­zling event marked by the pres­ence of Hong Kong so­cialites in­clud­ing Cissy Wang, An­ina Ho and Janet Ma.

Guests were daz­zled by a bal­let per­for­mance fea­tur­ing the brand’s pre­cious and rare conch pearls, as well as a cat­walk show with mod­els show­cas­ing the lat­est Miki­moto jew­ellery.

Guest list Cissy Wang (above) and An­ina Ho (right) were among those in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence Miki­moto’s con­cept store

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