A five-point catch-up on developments in the Japanese fashion world:

  • An aid group for Uyghurs and other parties have filed a complaint with a Paris court against fashion giants including Uniqlo over alleged forced labor of Uyghurs in China. Fast Retailing CEO Tadashi Yanai has insisted his company, Uniqlo’s parent, is keeping an eye on its supply chain to ensure none of its products are made with forced labor in Xinjiang.
  • A chance encounter with mountains of discarded fabric in Nagano Prefecture shocked Mima Osawa into doing her bit to make the fashion industry more sustainable. Now she runs Mono Handmade, a specialty clothing line that upcycles fabric. Claire Williamson grilled her with 20 Questions, including: What’s the best thing people can do to prolong the life of their clothes?
New evidence of Uighur forced labour in China’s cotton industry (December) | BBC NEWS
New evidence of Uighur forced labour in China’s cotton industry [December] | BBC NEWS
  • As teleworkers change from their suits into T-shirts, menswear shops are facing hard times as they scramble to adapt, reports the Chunichi Shimbun. But one firm that started off selling clothing to laborers in the bubble era is seeing its own pandemic mini-bubble, thanks to a timely decision to diversify.
  • There’s more to Louis Vuitton than bags, don’t you know? This month, the French fashion house launched its inaugural Le Chocolat V range, with confections created by chef Yosuke Suga, at its newly revamped Ginza Namiki store in Tokyo, which also hosts a new cafe. Danielle Demetriou got an early taste of the whole seven floors of extravagance.
  • After many stores shut their doors last month, there’s now a pop culture-tinged positivity imbuing Japan’s fashion scene, writes Samuel Thomas in On Fashion. In particular, merch that hits the nostalgia spot for young adults is doing well — think “Evangelion,” “Demon Slayer” and “Harry Potter.”