It’s no secret that Japan’s once-legendary luxury market has been more or less stagnant and saturated for the past few years. But while the desire to be seen with the latest “It” bag from a top European house may no longer be at the forefront of most consumers’ minds, the Japanese remain some of the savviest and most discerning shoppers in the world.
As Japan’s love of labels is being replaced by a love of high-quality items crafted with fine materials and unexpected details, a few boutique accessory designers are getting a moment to shine, creating buzz among consumers and editors alike with their creations.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)