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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

The Isetan store in Tokyo

Financial

Isetan Mitsukoshi’s Q1 Net Slips 1.9 Percent

Foreign exchange factors hit the company’s bottom line, despite higher sales and lower expenses.

clock August 4, 2017Kelly Wetherille

A Uniqlo store in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Retail

Retailers in Japan See Mixed But Promising Sales in July

Hot weather and successful summer clearance sales helped to move product at fast-fashion retailers and department stores.

clock August 2, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Socioeconomic factors loom over Tokyo's stylish youth, affecting their sense of style.

Street Style

Tokyo Street Fashion Gets the Blahs

Social media and socioeconomic trends have altered the face of Tokyo street fashion, ushering in a more conservative era.

clock July 17, 2017Misty White Sidell

Gordon Reid, Uniqlo's newest global brand ambassador

Fashion Scoops

Gordon Reid: Uniqlo’s New Global Brand Ambassador

He is the world’s top male professional wheelchair tennis player and the first British athlete to hold the role at the company.

clock July 11, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Muji Hotel Tokyo Ginza

Real Estate

Muji Plans Its First Hotel for Tokyo’s Ginza District

The complex, due to open in 2019, will also include the retailer’s largest store to date.

clock July 6, 2017Kelly Wetherille

Kenzo Takada

People

Kenzo Takada Talks Fashion, Film and New Collaborations

Looking back at his career is not something that he considered until recently and deciding not to become an accountant turned out to be a wise move.

clock June 29, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

The Takashimaya store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Retail

Takashimaya’s Net Profit Grows 44.7% in Q1

A rise in sales and a gain on the sale of stocks contributed to the increase.

clock June 26, 2017Kelly Wetherille

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The Original Nineties Supermodels Close Versace Show as a Tribute to Gianni

clock September 22, 2017Luisa Zargani

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