Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo: Menswear sells out

Oct 29, 2016

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo: Menswear sells out

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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 ...

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

Oct 29, 2016

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

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Be it a dress, a teacup or a chair, there is something instantly recognizable about a Mina Perhonen creation. Perhaps it’s the natural motifs, exquisite textiles and unexpected color combinations. Or maybe it’s the nostalgia-tinged atmosphere paired with clean-lined contemporary silhouettes. Akira Minagawa | ...

Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma

Oct 21, 2016

Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma

At 83 Miyo Maki had never manicured her nails, thickened and deformed due to leprosy, a disease she was diagnosed with when she was just 10 years old. But on Wednesday, as she marked her birthday, the former leprosy patient proudly displayed her shiny ...

Sep 2, 2016

New plastic clothing material could keep people cool

American researchers have created a low-cost textile made of a plastic base that could cool the body when woven into clothing. The engineers suggested in the U.S. journal Science that the textile could become a way to keep people living in hot climates cool ...

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Aug 2, 2016

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

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Colorful and cluttered, the office bursts with paraphernalia, from stacked bicycles and piles of books on designer chairs to an apple-green iMac, a futuristic record player and a red Snoopy phone on the rosewood desk. This is, of course, no ordinary office — it’s ...

'Hello, My Name is Paul Smith'

Jul 19, 2016

'Hello, My Name is Paul Smith'

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July 27-Aug. 23 This large-scale touring exhibition of renowned British fashion designer Paul Smith has just moved from its opening venue in Kyoto to The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. Following the career of Smith, the exhibits reveal aspects of the designer’s life, including ...

The fall and rise of the Empire line

Jul 12, 2016

The fall and rise of the Empire line

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The Pola Art Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and as part of this, the Pola Museum of Art has organized an ambitious exhibition that aims to present a cross-disciplinary view of art, product design and women’s fashion of 19th- and early 20th-century ...