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Toykyo/CKZ Store

Posted by Gestalten—05/2007

When did all start?
We started in October 2007.

What was the reason behind the opening of the store?
We have a background of art,graffiti,graphic design, toys, skate, expo's...
Our city needed a shop like ours. After traveling around the globe in search for toys and books I decided to bring this stuff to Gent. The shop is a collaboration between toykyo and citykingz who is the distributor of MTN.

Could you describe the neighborhood in which the store is located?
We are located in the center of the historical city.
If you ask for the Toykyo store they will guide you:)

Please describe the kinds of books and other merchandise that you carry. What do you offer your customers?
We carry:
-books mostly on graphic design and related subjects like graffiti, fashion, furniture, design, typography, photography, toys,...
-vinyl designer toys
-all Mtn colors spray cans and related graffiti products
-T-shirts
-limited selection of sneakers (Nike,NB,Adiddas,Asics)
-artifacts (screen prints,plush,sticker packs,....)

What are your favorite dgv books?
FriendsWithYou
WK interact
Los Logos, Dos Logos, Tres Logos
Pictoplasma 1 & 2
Dot Dot Dash
Hidden Track

What are your customers' favorite dgv books?
Hidden Track
Dot Dot Dash
Tres logos
Into Nature
Neubau Welt

Who might be seen visiting the store? What kinds of people shop there?
You might see a lot of shiny happy people while visiting our shop:) The people who shop in our shop are a mix of graphic designers,graffiti artists,sneakers heads and toy freaks + everything in between!

Do you do anything at your store besides sell books? Do you, for example, have any events or exhibitions there?
We organize regularly exhibitions in and around our shop. The last exhibition was with the dutch artist Parra. (this can be seen on our citykingz.be website in past expositions)
Next month we have a customization afternoon in collab with nike for the AF1 and the release of the nike medicom toys. In June we have the flying fortress 10" vinyl expo,....

Is there anything else about the store that you'd like us to mention?
We would like to bring out a book with PARRA he has enough material to fill a good selling book!!!!!
Would be great to do this with dgv my favorite publisher!

Address, telephone, email/ website, opening hours, next train/bus station?
TOYKYO/CKZ STORE
HOOGPOORT 11
9000 GENT
BELGIUM

TEL: +32 9 3243564
FAX:+32 9 3308133
open Tuesday till Saturday from 11am - 18pm

WEBSITES:
www.toykyo.be
www.citykingz.com
www.citykingz.be