As department stores try to make up for a dismal 2020, recently released capsule collections turn to feel-good, nostalgic escapism.
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.
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This season’s shopping trends? Artisanal gift wrapping and glamorous jewelry for you and your mask.
From practical masks and saving sento culture to provocative commentary on gender, brands and designers find their moment.
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Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo is still on schedule; Animal Crossing is haute couture; and Wacko Maria celebrates 15 years.
Legendary designer Kansai Yamamoto’s legacy lives on, and the fashion world starts to adapt to consumer needs in Japan’s new normal.
Japan’s department stores see a surprising sales recovery in June and masks continue to move high-end.
Fashion in Japan is tentatively back in business. What to expect? Socially distanced shopping and stylish mask-wearing.
Japan's fashion industry was hit hard by the March cancellation of Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo, saved only by livestreaming and online content as a way to keep fans informed.
As the impact of COVID-19 leads to the postponement or cancelation of various fashion events, the industry faces a quandary — it is unseemly to focus on the relatively trivial business of style at a time of great concern?