Goocy and Gozi but no more Green

| Jan 15, 2009

Goocy and Gozi but no more Green

Genki at Goocy Goocy (pronounced “goosey”) is the local answer to the Western “fast-fashion” invasion that has recently swept Japan. It’s a pet project by brand director Harumi Fukuda and designer Mary Fukumoto of high-end label Triptych. Along with quirky and fun clothing, Goocy ...

Fashion for the masses

| Nov 11, 2008

Fashion for the masses

Swedish “fast-fashion” chain H & M made a big splash when it opened in Ginza in September and the line just to get into the store continues to be 30-minutes long. The company has added to its brood with a new youth-oriented store in ...

Barrett, Simons and Clemens in Tokyo

Oct 21, 2008

Barrett, Simons and Clemens in Tokyo

Fast flagships On Sept. 17, the new flagship store for designer Neil Barrett opened in Tokyo with the assistance of a heavyweight collaborator — none other than hot U.K. architect Zaha Hadid came on board for her first retail-venue project. Barrett, a 20-year design ...

It's tough for men

Sep 14, 2008

It's tough for men

Japan Fashion Week (JFW), now in its seventh season, has never put much emphasis on menswear. This year, it appeared merely as an afterthought. A paltry selection seems at odds with the fact that the Japanese menswear market and number of top-quality domestic labels ...

New stars are a-rising

Sep 14, 2008

New stars are a-rising

Fashion is sometimes like soccer, in that you can’t always rely on older players and expensive foreign imports. Until recently, Japan Fashion Week tended to bank on the same names from season to season. However, to keep the progression of new talent and new ...

Hilfiger denim, baseball glove bags and more

Sep 9, 2008

Hilfiger denim, baseball glove bags and more

Tommy’s Red, White and Blue The Tommy Hilfiger brand isn’t exactly a stranger to Japan. It has stores up and down the country that run the whole gamut of Hilfiger collections. Famed for preppy nautical clothing, the brand encapsulates, alongside Ralph Lauren, the classic ...

Jimmy Choo, Mickey Mouse, Fred Perry and more

Aug 12, 2008

Jimmy Choo, Mickey Mouse, Fred Perry and more

Fashion mouse Disney has inspired a lot of people, from little girls to Superbowl champions. Even designer Vivienne Tam has now taken inspiration from her childhood and decided to pay tribute to the famous mouse with a capsule collection of playful dresses for this ...

Vivienne Westwood, Ebi-chan in Maquillage and more

Jul 15, 2008

Vivienne Westwood, Ebi-chan in Maquillage and more

The latest Vivienne Westwood exhibition rolls into Tokyo this week. After the acclaimed “Vivienne Westwood: 35 Years in Fashion” held at the Mori Arts Center in 2005, this show includes one of the largest fashion books ever published, and is sure to be an ...

Chrome Hearts, Giraffe and Eley Kishimoto

Jun 10, 2008

Chrome Hearts, Giraffe and Eley Kishimoto

Charmed, I’m sure Silver-accessories brand Chrome Hearts launched its Aoyama shop nine years ago, but has recently reopened its doors after a renewal that’s given it a fresh charm — one that’s much more than just something dangly for your bracelet. Chrome Hearts’ founder ...