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:

Fashion-forward trends still hark back

Style & Design Jun 23, 2019

Fashion-forward trends still hark back

My mentor in all things fashion, a Parisienne buyer who prefers to remain unnamed, once confidently asserted in her usual grandiose manner, "You know that fashion is over when designers start relying on irony." She was referring to the "it's cool because it isn't, ...

Fashion ripples during the new year lull

Style & Design Jan 27, 2019

Fashion ripples during the new year lull

As the end of the financial year draws to a close, now is the season when fashion companies restructure their retail portfolios, with shop closures making way for new shoots to pop up in the following months.

On the changing face of Japanese styling

Style & Design May 27, 2018

On the changing face of Japanese styling

Lifestyles and desires change and fashion has always adapted with the times, but with easier access to global influences, it has become more eclectic than ever. From casual looks to match a lifestyle, to fanciful art collaborations — Japan aims to please all.