Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas is a fashion writer and lecturer at Bunka Gakuen University. He regularly contributes to The Japan Times, amongst others, as well as his own site TokyoTelephone.com. His first book on Japanese fashion will be published by Kodansha in 2014.

For Samuel Thomas's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Christian Dada's Masanori Morikawa: making his own way

Mar 28, 2015

Christian Dada's Masanori Morikawa: making his own way

Tokyo’s fashion fans spent six days in the middle of this month looking at the city from the lofty viewpoint afforded by Shibuya’s Hikarie building, and yet for all the excitement that was generated over the coming fall/winter collections, the rest of the city ...

Valentines specials and ways to treat yourself

| Feb 13, 2015

Valentines specials and ways to treat yourself

Valentine’s is all about the man For men, Japan’s a great country to be in on Valentine’s Day, since they are the ones to traditionally receive gifts. If your guy has a sweet tooth, Barneys New York department stores are selling cassette-tape- and beach-sandal-shaped ...

Yohji Yamamoto — men, women and unisex

| Jan 9, 2015

Yohji Yamamoto — men, women and unisex

Yohji Yamamoto has certainly been busy, with collaborations flying off the shelves and new lines making debuts. Its partnership with baseball-cap brand New Era has been particularly buzz-worthy, with the brand’s 59FIFTY caps and backpacks emblazoned with the Yohji logo selling out across the ...

Adventurous fashion abounds this month

| Sep 12, 2014

Adventurous fashion abounds this month

Zadig & Voltaire is ready to rock in Aoyama French rock-chic lifestyle brand Zadig & Voltaire is reaching out to the international market with its first flagship shop in Tokyo’s Aoyama district. Housing a fair selection of women’s, men’s and kids’ wear, it also ...

Designs on Japan's student potential

Jul 25, 2014

Designs on Japan's student potential

Shining a light on Japan's student talent pool is Gakuten, a new event from the group responsible for the Design Festa biannual international art fair. There's only one requirement of Gakuten participants — that they be enrolled in an educational institution.