Fashionista with attitude

| Feb 5, 2006

Fashionista with attitude

Raised on the mean streets of Brooklyn’s Brownsville district, Gene Krell is a self-proclaimed tough guy who cites as one of his heroes a little-known but highly colorful “Dadaist professional boxer” called Arthur Cravan. Odd, then, that he should have found his life’s work ...

Bosses where they want to be

Jan 22, 2006

Bosses where they want to be

Born and raised in Yokohama, Nalin Advani, 40, never tires of extolling the virtues of his home town. “There’s so much going for this city,” says the vice president of tech firm Solid K.K. during an interview at a cafe inside Sakuragicho’s Landmark Tower, ...

Yokohama: model city for the nation?

Jan 22, 2006

Yokohama: model city for the nation?

‘Change Japan — from Yokohama.” That’s the motto of Hiroshi Nakada who, since 2002, has been the charismatic mayor of Japan’s second-largest city. And change Yokohama he has, with a brand of populist politics that is very rare in a nation where rocking the ...

Go shop where it's Christmas every day of the year

| Jan 15, 2006

Go shop where it's Christmas every day of the year

As memories of festive fun fade and the world returns to its regular routine, spare a thought for the man behind the all-year-round Christmas shop in Takanawa, near JR Shinagawa Station in Tokyo. What kind of lunatic would set up a store devoted to ...

Another jewel in the Cartier crown

| Dec 16, 2005

Another jewel in the Cartier crown

Venerated as the royalty of jewelers and the jewelers of royalty, Cartier is by far the largest brand of its kind in the world. With its illustrious history and client list including countless kings, queens and princes, it is little wonder that the brand’s ...

The reign of Vivienne

Dec 1, 2005

The reign of Vivienne

From being prosecuted under Britain’s obscenity laws for her risque punk fashions to twirling pantyless after receiving an honor from the Queen whose image she once defaced with safety pins, Vivienne Westwood has always had a habit of causing controversy. But while she achieved ...

Trying very hard to be trendy

| Nov 18, 2005

Trying very hard to be trendy

Building a brand spanking new store from the foundations up is usually the preserve of European luxury brands, but down in Harajuku, a huge new concrete monolith called Tokyo Hipsters Club is an exception to the rule. With three floors, including a gallery, book ...