- JACKO TURNING JAPANESE:
Michael Jackson is making a debut in the Japanese men’s wear market next spring. A line of men’s suits bearing the singer’s moniker will be produced and marketed here under license by Wakita Co., a men’s wear maker based in Gifu. A Wakita spokesman said the line will be sold through department and specialty stores. There is a growing popularity among young men in Japan for dark suits and the American singer, who has a large following in Japan, fits that rising fashion image, he said. The company projects first-year sales of $8.3 million (1 billion yen). Dollar figure converted at current exchange.
This story first appeared in the July 21, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
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