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After seasons of stagnation, Japanese menswear is in the midst of an interesting transitional phase.

For some time now the style and success of Tokyo’s lauded street- and casual-wear labels have failed to be reflected in the city’s biannual fashion event. Add to this the recent announcement that N.Hoolywood and John Lawrence Sullivan — two of the capital’s strongest brands — are ready to tackle bigger challenges, with the former heading to New York from next season and Arashi Yanagawa taking the latter to the glitz and glamor of style-capital Paris.

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