via wwd:

Japanese accessories company Samantha Thavasa is expanding beyond handbags into the high-stakes world of Tokyo retailing. This October, Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited will open 8 Million, a specialty boutique stocking fashion and beauty goods as well as a new line of Samantha Thavasa handbags designed by Katie Hillier. Kashiwa Sato, famed for his Uniqlo stores, is designing the new store while Toshikazu Iwaya, the former designer of hip Tokyo label Dresscamp, will oversee the store's private label fashion offering. The three-level unit, located in Ginza near Cartier and Celine, also will house a beauty salon. Kazuyuki Terada, chief executive officer of Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited, said he would like to emulate Paris' Colette and create a place where "customers are truly able to enjoy shopping."