Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas is a fashion writer and lecturer at Bunka Gakuen University. He regularly contributes to The Japan Times, among other publications, and has his own site TokyoTelephone.com. He is currently pursuing his research in fashion at the University of Tokyo.

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

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

| Jul 9, 2016

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

Vintage graduation CEO Tobe Naoaki’s boutique Grimoire has been responsible for so many important fashion moments in Tokyo’s recent fashion history. Even those who have never wandered into its loving re-imagining of turn-of-the-century European fairy-tale style will have most likely seen one of its ...

Reviving the old and promoting the new

| May 7, 2016

Reviving the old and promoting the new

A new hope for traditional menswear It is no secret that George Lucas looked to Japan for inspiration behind the now iconic Jedi robes that every science-fiction fan sees as shorthand for cool on a galactic level. The original Japanese garments that served as ...

Tokyo fashion week: Menswear is caught in the great divide

Mar 26, 2016

Tokyo fashion week: Menswear is caught in the great divide

Trends for normcore restraint in current Japanese menswear have taken the mainstream hostage, prompting a divisive splinter on the Tokyo fashion week runways. At one end of the spectrum, we find a push toward an exaggeration of restraint exemplified by the likes of design ...

Japan's cult brands get into character

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's cult brands get into character

When the topic turns to “Cool Japan” and the various related efforts to capitalize on Japan’s indubitable cultural capital internationally, commendation — or more frequently the lack thereof — is easy to come by. The question of how Japan markets its own culture domestically, ...

Winning looks: Sacai, Mr. Gentlemen and AllSaints

| Feb 13, 2016

Winning looks: Sacai, Mr. Gentlemen and AllSaints

Sacai wins Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix In the Japan, the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix is the most esteemed of fashion-industry awards, and with nominations coming from the country’s top fashion editors, journalists and buyers, it’s also a barometer of worldwide success. The 33rd edition ...