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:

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 ...

From Saint Laurent to Uniqlo

| Dec 12, 2015

From Saint Laurent to Uniqlo

Saint Laurent joins the glamour of Omotesando As the Omotesando promenade gets the holiday treatment, decked with glittering lights, it also welcomes a new addition to its rolodex of pomp. On Dec. 5, the Saint Laurent flagship had a quiet opening in the old ...

Tokyo fashion week: menswear goes 'glocal'

Oct 24, 2015

Tokyo fashion week: menswear goes 'glocal'

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo’s menswear collections are routinely lauded as the most courted commodity internationally, and yet the counterpoint is frequently forgotten — just what does menswear from abroad have to offer the week? Although Tokyo seems set to be the gateway to East ...