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:

David Bowie is and always will be with us

| Jan 7, 2017

David Bowie is and always will be with us

SHINTARO YAMANAKA (QSYUM!) Much is quite rightly made of the enormous influence that Japan had on David Bowie, characterized best perhaps by his iconic stage outfits designed by the bombastic Kansai Yamamoto. However, long before Bowie set foot on Japanese soil in the early ...

Tokyo fashion show takes a modest approach to style

Nov 12, 2016

Tokyo fashion show takes a modest approach to style

Modesty takes center stage For all the political discourse centering on what Muslim women choose to wear, it is easy to forget that the hijab and related robes comprise a diverse genre of fashion. Looking at the garments beyond their religious connotations, they have ...

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo: Menswear sells out

Oct 29, 2016

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo: Menswear sells out

While Tokyo’s womenswear seems to be content fighting for a place in the domestic market, the endlessly repeated adage that Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo’s menswear is the collection’s most viable export product appears to have finally come true, with many of the brands tipped ...

Re-fashioning the business of womenswear

Oct 22, 2016

Re-fashioning the business of womenswear

As the last of the models walk the Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo runway, there are many in the metropolis who won’t look at one tweet from the front row or even acknowledge the week’s existence. It is a situation unthinkable in Paris or New ...

Anrealage gets real in Tokyo's Omotesando

| Sep 10, 2016

Anrealage gets real in Tokyo's Omotesando

Anrealage gets real in Omotesando Tokyo has been spoiled of late with a surprising number of new store openings, not least the first stand-alone shops of cult streetwear label C.E and power-couple Yoon and Verbal’s Ambush. But it is Kunihiko Morinaga’s Anrealage, a mainstay ...

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 ...