A catch-up on news and features from the world of Japanese fashion, from the fast end to the slow and sustainable:
- The fashion sector is said to be the second-biggest source of pollution in the world, with Japan’s clothing industry emitting 95 million tons of CO2 a year. Big industry players in Japan plan to form a consortium to grapple with these issues.
- A yearslong bet on comfy bras has paid off for Uniqlo, as shoppers gravitated toward functional basics in the pandemic. The firm has even knocked Wacoal off its perch as top seller of women’s undies in Japan, Bloomberg reports.
- The country’s over-20s are embracing cute clothing in a subversive push against adulthood, writes Samuel Thomas in On Fashion. Meanwhile, a new brand aims to make it possible to go from bedroom to office without changing your jacket.
- A designer in Vienna, Shuzo Matsuhashi is getting a boost from the Swarovski Foundation to further his crafts-inspired vision of fashion. And it all started when he found a business card in an old suit, he tells Danielle Demetriou.
- Albion “Ash” Hudson’s Conart streetwear brand defined the fashion of many rappers in the 1990s. His designs are now popping up on new acts such as Travis Scott and BTS, writes Matt Kaufman, who caught up with Hudson in Tokyo, his new home.