Japan

A look from Yoshikazu Yamagata's 2012 collection "The Seven Gods: Clothes from Chaos" for Writtenafterwards

Fashion Scoops

Yoshikazu Yamagata Stages Show and Exhibit at Tokyo’s Teien Museum

The events coincide with the tenth anniversary of Yamagata’s brand Writtenafterwards.

clock November 17, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Michael Kors and Kate Hudson Host Dinner in Tokyo

Parties

Michael Kors and Kate Hudson Host Dinner in Tokyo

The intimate event was in celebration of Kors’ partnership with the World Food Programme.

clock November 13, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A screenshot of Rakuten's English shopping page.

Financial

Rakuten’s Nine-Month Profit Jumps More Than 60%

The Japanese e-commerce giant benefited from aggressive sales activities and investments in other companies.

clock November 13, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Shiseido's office in Tokyo.

Financial

Shiseido Posts Nine-Month Net Loss of 17 Billion Yen

An impairment loss related to Bare Escentuals cut into the company’s bottom line, despite higher operating income and net sales.

clock November 9, 2017Kelly Wetherille

The entrance to Mikimoto's recently renovated Ginza flagship store.

Jewelry

Mikimoto Looks to Strengthen Its Brand Value Overseas

After reopening its Tokyo flagship store, the jewelry brand now turns its focus to outside Japan.

clock October 4, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A digital rendering of Amazon's Tokyo fashion photo studio.

Retail

Amazon to Open Its Largest Fashion Photo Studio in Tokyo

The space will follow similar ones in New York, London and Delhi.

clock October 3, 2017Kelly Wetherille

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Retail

Retailers in Japan See Higher Sales in September

Cooler weather than average helped to move fall clothing out stores’ doors

clock October 3, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Ambush Spring 2018

Designer and Luxury

Japanese Streetwear Brand Ambush Talks Culture and Appropriation

LVMH Prize finalist and founder of fashion brand Ambush Yoon Ahn talks about hip-hop stereotypes and a new generation of transcultural fashion.

clock September 7, 2017Crystal Tai

An image from Red Card's fall 2017 lookbook.

Denim

Japan’s ‘Dr. Denim’ Sets His Sights on the U.S.

Yuji Honzawa aims to win over American customers with his brand Red Card’s “premium Japan denim.”

clock September 5, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Shibuya crossing in Tokyo

Retail

Japan’s Retailers See Mixed Sales in August

Cooler weather than usual in August negatively affected summer lines, but gave a boost to new fall items.

clock September 4, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Calvin Klein Reveals 205W39NYC Campaign for Fall

Financial

Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger Set to Expand in Department Stores

PVH ceo Emanuel Chirico said it’s the “most important” channel for the brands, despite the sector’s continuing struggles.

clock August 24, 2017Kali Hays

GU smart cart smart mirror

Retail

Fast Retailing Brand GU Tweaks Strategy, Sets New Goals for Growth

Uniqlo’s low-priced sister brand will follow in its footsteps, increasing its rate of international expansion.

clock August 24, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Psychic Shop's second floor — swathed in pink satin.

Fashion Scoops

Uncovering Japan’s Capital of Hidden, Indie Boutiques

Osaka’s dilapidated buildings are home to a flock of experimental vintage boutiques that approach visual merchandising as a hobbyist pursuit.

clock August 24, 2017Misty White Sidell

A Shiseido outpost at Bloomingdale's.

Financial

Shiseido’s H1 Net Profit Declines 23.2%

Despite rising sales, a high comparative base and an extraordinary loss stemming from a voluntary recall bit into the company’s bottom line.

clock August 9, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A screenshot of Rakuten's English shopping page.

Financial

Rakuten’s H1 Net Gains Almost 50%

Higher sales and a low comparative base contributed to the growth.

clock August 7, 2017Kelly Wetherille

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