Frederic de Narp Talks Growth, Brand Strategy in Tokyo

TOKYO — Bally launched its latest artist collaboration at its flagship in Ginza here on Wednesday, unveiling a series of limited-edition products while hosting the opening of an exhibition by London-based street artist Shok-1. The project is the second in a series of artist collaborations curated by music producer Kasseem Dean, who goes by the name Swizz Beatz.
Frédéric de Narp, chief executive officer of the Swiss brand, began his career in Japan and still retains a high level of admiration for the country and its culture. He said that his decision to have a creative collective — rather than a single creative director — head Bally’s design activities was inspired by the country he once called home.
“This creative collective mindset, for me, was born in Japan. This is what I wanted to learn from the Japanese culture, what belongs to the Japanese culture, and what the Japanese are the best at,” he said. “This sort of respect and working together as a group, it’s a cliché, but it is true. And it’s not a fact of a one-woman show or a one-man show. It’s a fact of a group, and I believe in this, especially for a brand that has

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Tokyo Olympics to ID athletes using facial recognition

Participants in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be among 300,000 attendees to be identified using facial recognition technology, organisers said.
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Guess Farmers Market Headed to Paris, London, Tokyo and More

THE SEQUEL: Guess Inc.’s Guess Jeans U.S.A. revealed details of where its roving Farmers Market pop-up concept is set to go next.
The company in May launched the Farmers Market concept — a weekend-long force of exclusive streetwear drops and collaborations, skateboard demonstrations, food and live music — with Nicolai Marciano, who handles brand partnerships and specialty marketing for Guess, disclosing to WWD at the time the concept would indeed hit the road internationally, but didn’t reveal much beyond that.
Guess said Monday the concept would be a mix of pop-ups with exclusives also to be sold through some retailers this month and next. Exact dates have yet to be revealed.
The pop-up concept, which will be a scaled-down version of what was seen in Los Angeles, is set to make its way to Paris at Club 75, Selfridges in London, GR8 in Tokyo, Lessons in Perth and Dover Street Market in Singapore.
International retailers set to receive pieces from the capsule collection include Slamjam in Milan, Luisa Via Roma in Florence, Juice in Hong Kong and online via the Innersect App based out of China.
The idea for the Farmers Market was born out of Guess Jeans USA, which parent Guess calls its incubator

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After 27 Years, Union Plants a Flag in Tokyo

TOKYO — On Friday, men’s wear retailer Union celebrated its first new store since its Los Angeles location opened in 1991. Streetwear fans packed into the space and even spilled out into the street, where a food truck was parked to serve the crowd. Inside, DJs played and guests sipped on Coronas.
“The kind of family that this store came from that I grew out of is Stüssy, Supreme, Undefeated and Union, and there’s always been a really strong connection to Japan from early, early on,” said Union’s owner, Chris Gibbs. The Tokyo location is a franchise partnership with Jack Inc., which will also serve as the brand’s distributor in Japan. In addition, the company has been Stüssy’s local partner for over 35 years.
Gibbs believes that Union can bring something new and different to Tokyo’s already strong retail scene.
“What we do and what we’ve done for 30 years is mix all these different brands, which is not something that has traditionally happened here in Japan,” he said. “I think there’s kind of two parts to what we do, which is mixing of the brands which is not something that I think Japan really did or understood for a long time. But the

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Paradox Tokyo RTW Fall 2018

Name: Paradox Tokyo
Main message: Rie Tobita followed the trend of creating hard-edged streetwear with sporty influences, turning out voluminous puffer jackets closed with plastic buckles, graphic T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, nylon windbreakers and fleece sweatpants. While much of the collection was done in black, the darkness was punctuated by pops of bright orange, deep purple, royal blue, baby pink and a black-and-white graffiti print.
The result: While it may have reflected actual trends in street fashion, the collection had little originality and gave customers no real reason to buy the pieces from Paradox rather than one of the many other brands producing similar styles.

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Kim Kardashian West Shows Serious Cleavage in Sexy Selfie from Tokyo Trip

Kim Kardashian West is feeling herself(ie).

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, shared a saucy selfie on Saturday, hours after she was spotted jetting out of Japan as she wrapped up her time abroad with sisters Kourtney Kardashian and pregnant Khloé Kardashian.

Wearing an unbuttoned black tuxedo jacket, matching black pants and a pair of clear blue heels, the KKW Beauty mogul stuck out her tongue as she snapped a photo of herself on her phone — which was covered with Kimojis.

Fittingly, she simply captioned the revealing photo with a tongue emoji.

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Hours earlier the new mom posted a photo paying homage to her newborn daughter Chicago.

“Chicago in Japan,” Kardashian West wrote alongside a picture of herself standing in front of a Japanese store called “Chicago” while wearing a short blue mini dress that clung to her enviable curves.

As for little Chicago’s absence from the Tokyo trip, a source previously told PEOPLE that Kardashian West “didn’t want to disrupt her children’s schedule” and choose to keep them at home in California.

A second insider added that her husband Kanye West and mom Kris Jenner are taking on childcare duties for 6-week-old Chicago, Saint, 2, and North, 4½, while Kardashian West is away.

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“Kim is a working mom. She has work obligations like working moms do,” the source explained. “The Tokyo trip is a working trip and not kid-friendly.”

“She loves being a mom,” the source continued, adding that Kardashian West “also feels lucky that Kris is able to help out while she works.”


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Fortuna Tokyo RTW Spring 2018

Akiko Koba aims to support Japanese craftsmanship by using traditional woven silk fabrics in her collections. For her first presentation during Tokyo Fashion Week, she showed tailored suits and preppy cuffed shorts and polo shirts for men, and short suits, tweed jackets, and swing dresses for women. While the silhouettes have been seen countless times before, the textiles were beautiful.

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Yayoi Kusama, Queen of Polka Dots, Opens Museum in Tokyo

“Since I was 10 years old I have been painting every day,” she said in an interview. “I still see polka dots everywhere.”
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Noah Opens Store in Tokyo

Noah has landed in Tokyo.
The streetwear brand, which was relaunched in 2015 by Brendon Babenzien, the former creative director of streetwear brand Supreme, has set up shop in Harajuku with the Noah Clubhouse, a 2,500-square-foot boutique that’s designed to mimic a home rather than a store. Babenzien’s wife, Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, designed the space.
“The goal is for it to be a place where people feel like they can do more than just shop,” said Babenzien. “In New York, the store is really like a home away from home for us. We have friends visit us there. I take meetings there, etc. It’s really not just a place to buy things.”
The two-story Clubhouse features a gallery, library, study area, an open-plan living area and kitchen, a men’s salon, a dressing room and an outdoor balcony. It’s decorated with wooden fixtures and artwork from Oliver Jeffers, Curtis Kulig, Henry Leutwyler and more. The artwork in the gallery will change every six months.
According to Babenzien, Noah has never wholesaled in Japan, so this will be the first time customers can purchase something from a store as opposed to Noah’s e-commerce site. The shop will also be stocked with Tracksmith running apparel, Aprix footwear, Taschen books,

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Tokyo Photographer Kensaku Kakimoto Takes Aim at Fine Art With Taka Ishii Gallery Show

SKY-HIGH ART: As friends, old and new, filed through Kensaku Kakimoto’s “Hyomen” exhibition at the Taka Ishii gallery Thursday, the photographer chatted about his first solo show in the U.S..
“Taka thought it was important to show the work while it’s so pure,” the photographer said through a translator, adding that his fine art is the complete opposite of his commercial work as a cinematographer, producer and video artist. “My commercial work is done to sell products. The motivation is to make products look good whereas this is purely my own sort of spontaneous work. It’s my point of view of the world.”
The Upper East Side gallery will run the exhibition through June, and has his new book “Translator.” Kakimoto recently shot a video for a Super Mario Bros. app and a film for Under Armour about women’s empowerment. In addition to shooting music videos, he often is airborne filming automobile commercials more often than not in Iceland. “Often when we’re doing those shots, I’ve thought wouldn’t it be fun if you could go a little higher, to see the world a little higher — not as high as being in a jet but being as high as in a helicopter,”

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Fashion Business Leaders Convene at Tokyo Summit

The Global Summit of Women began its final day Saturday with a breakfast discussion titled, “The Business of Fashion and Design.”
MCM chair and chief visionary officer Sung Joo Kim, designer Hiroko Koshino, Natori founder and chief executive officer Josie Natori, and Eve Enterprises founder and ceo Xia Hua participated in a panel, moderated by summit president Irene Natividad.
The conversation addressed fashion as a topic of industry — giving the more politically and business-inclined attendees a look into fashion’s serious underbelly.
Said Hua of her philosophy, which has helped her gain more than 1.8 million menswear customers: “China used to be a culture of saving, now [it’s one of] spending — you have to be unique now. We have spent lots of money on marketing campaigns to build brand awareness — educating men on how to style themselves and how to dress themselves.”
Touching on a subject matter close to the conference’s heart, Kim pondered: “Especially in the luxury space, it’s mostly men-owned, men-run. Normally women ceos are kicked out in one to two years. Why is that?”
Natori shared insight into her methods for innovation: “When I started 40 years ago, I was dealing with hundreds and hundreds of stores. I had never heard the

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They Are Wearing: Tokyo Fashion Week Fall 2017

Tokyo’s eclectic runway spirit has translated to street-style looks rooted in bright hues, loose cuts, oversize silhouettes and plenty of youthful angst.

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Jim Stewart’s Sake Breweries of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe: Japan Travel Guide and Sake Breweries of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe

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Jim Stewart’s Sake Breweries of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe is the ultimate travel guide for those visiting Japan and who want to experience Japan’s national drink. It guides you from airport or train station right to sake breweries in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe. With detailed information about the best neighborhoods to use as a home base while visiting these cities, as well as Japanese dining and culture, Sake Breweries of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe will help you make the most of your trip to Japan. Sake Breweries in Japan are still well off the beaten path – some are tucked away and difficult to find without help from a local. No longer – with painstakingly prepared maps and walking directions, travel expert and certified sake professional Jim Stewart shows you how to experience sake where it tastes best: right at the source.”When you next visit Japan, try to visit as many of the sake breweries in this guidebook as possible! Your efforts will be rewarded. Tell the owners you’re visiting and that your friend Jim sent you. You’ll be welcomed into the international family of sake drinkers – with a warm smile and more than a few glasses of delicious sake. You might also, as I have, make many new life-long friends along the way. The world of sake breweries in Japan is still that kind of place. To make a friend. To communicate. These are the souvenirs you’ll bring home from a sake brewery in Japan, and those you will treasure for the rest of your life.”- Jim Stewart, author Sake Breweries of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, KobeDetailed maps and up-to-date listings ensure you have the information you need to plan the most efficient itinerary.

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Gaultier Hits Tokyo to Launch Japan Apparel Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier held court at the French embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday to launch his collection for Japanese retail giant Seven & i Holdings. The project is Gaultier’s first fashion foray outside couture since he discontinued his own pret-a-porter line last year.
The designer said he was overwhelmed by the work involved in producing luxury ready-to-wear and the need to churn out several collections a year.
“I wanted to concentrate on what I like. What do I like? To make couture. To make pret-a-porter also, but not like the way it is now, because now you have to make pre-collection, cruise, all that, you know, which is a lot a lot of demand. And it doesn’t really stop…which is not good, because we have no time to think,” Gaultier told a press conference. “So I prefer to be free of that, and to make some capsules and some experiences and some new adventures that give me more freedom. And in that way I feel more free and more energetic and a little more excited.”
The line, called Jean Paul Gaultier for Sept Premieres, goes on sale Wednesday online and at Seibu and Sogo department stores and Ito Yokado general stores across Japan.

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Rebecca Moses Sets Tokyo Exhibit

MATERIAL WORLD: The Isetan Art Gallery in Tokyo is staging an exhibition of paintings by Rebecca Moses. “It’s a selection of my works related to Italy,” said the fashion and interiors designer and artist, who has lived for years in Italy working for brands including Genny and had her own namesake line, now shuttered, produced in the country. Moses was in Milan during Fashion Week to showcase her second project with Alcantara, a collection of anything ranging from toys and frames to pillows, earrings and dresses made with the trademarked material. “I am telling a story here, sort of like a dream, which allows me to push my creative limit,” Moses said at the Alcantara pop-up store in the city, which is decorated with her original illustrations on the material.

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GT Time The PS4’s Big Week in Tokyo

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Sony commits to a fan-favorite franchise while closing the door on the Vita, Capcom still doesn’t get what Resident Evil is about, and GameStop hates download codes.
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Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo

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George & Amal Clooney Hold Hands As They Arrive In Tokyo

George Clooney and his wife Amal hold hands while arriving at Haneda Airport on Sunday (May 24) in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo New Age RTW Fall 2015

Perhaps the most atmospheric presentation of fashion week took place at a beautifully lit shrine. It was a chilly but welcome change of pace from Shibuya Hikarie, the rather generic office/retail complex that is home to most of the week’s runway shows. Mikio Sakabe and Writtenafterwards’ Yoshikazu Yamagata oversaw Tokyo New Age, part of a retailer-driven initiative called Shibuya Fashion Week, that showcased the work of four young designers. It was a fascinating peek at some of the names likely to be seen in future editions of Tokyo’s fashion week calendar.
 
Distinctly Japanese themes dominated: Keisuke Yoshida showed a sweater depicting a scene in a karaoke parlor as well as a button-down shirt with extralong sleeves and an undone tie tucked through the waist of a pair of trousers — the latter perhaps a sendup of Tokyo’s drunken salary men. Rin Rinka incorporated kimono fabric accents into her creations, which included wide-legged pants and a cropped motorcycle jacket. Soshi Otsuki turned out pieces that referenced Buddhism, including jackets embellished with flowers reminiscent of those on Japanese temples and a sweatshirt bearing the face of Buddha himself. Finally, Kotoha Yokozawa produced pieces with a futuristic feel — including a gold lamé dress

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Japanese Designers are Hopeful as Tokyo Fashion Week Begins

TOKYO — As the fashion pack barely catches its collective breath from the conclusion of the Paris shows, Tokyo Fashion Week starts today, with designers here voicing optimism despite the looming challenges of growing their small businesses and a domestic economy that continues to sputter.
Future prospects look mixed. On the one hand, Japan is struggling to climb out of a recession and local consumers remain cautious about spending. On the other, tourists from elsewhere in Asia are flooding the country to take advantage of a weak yen and shop. While most Japanese designers still do the bulk of their business in their home country, the currency factor stands to boost the nation’s fashion exports.
Designers are going to need all the overseas help they can get. Last week [EDS: March 9], Japan revised down its fourth-quarter GDP figures to show that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the October to December period — the initial estimate pegged growth at 2.2 percent. Meanwhile, household consumption in January fell 5.1 percent in price-adjusted real terms, indicating that consumers still have not fully recovered from last April’s historic sales tax hike. On a brighter note, consumer confidence in February

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Versus By Versace Women s Tokyo Crystal 3C6370 White Analog Watch

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Fear Club: Tokyo Masquerade

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Welcome to the most exclusive Club in the world! Fear Club is everything you’ve ever wanted. Red Carpet popularity, VIP lounges, and Celebrity Swag Bags? You’ve got it. A little payback cruelty and torture for the Cool Kids at school? We can arrange that. Murder on your mind? How fun! It can be a group project. We’ll be the best friends you’ve never had. Live the life you only dared to dream. Surrender your doubts and join now! Membership dues are so, so simple: Your soul on demand. That’s it. One time payment only. Don’t wait. Text FEAR666 now! We’re dying to meet you. Or, is that the other way around? XOXO Trailing along behind her father’s Gucci luggage, American teenager Lexie Carpenter comes to Tokyo in another move by the globe-trotting super executive. Isolated at her new school by a cruel clique of girls, Lexie is drawn to an ad online for an international friendship club. The Club. Welcoming, beautiful, sophisticated. Her new friends are everything she has always wanted. Lexie’s life fills up with glittering, A-list parties, French Champagne and Italian-accented romance. Too bad she doesn’t know there’s more behind those sparkling smiles than perfect teeth. Her friends are monsters. Betrayed and left for dead, her soul ripped out and divided into three pieces as prizes in the Club’s terrible lottery, Lexie is resurrected by a silver-haired, green-eyed young sorcerer, Julian Lake. How ironic that the English boy is a monster as well and may want to kill her himself. Death has only been postponed if she can’t find the Soul Eaters and put this broken girl back together. Lexie has no choice but join forces with the enigmatic sorcerer as she claws her way up the supernatural food chain. On the way, she collects an odd assortment of allies including a massive and slightly slobbery Shadow Hound with a taste for human flesh; a world famous rock singer who also happens to be a magical half-daemon (that’s a secret) and gorgeous (that’s not) and a very good kisser (th

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Working Out in Japan: Shaping the Female Body in Tokyo Fitness Clubs

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Beer, ice cream, and socializing; thighs, abs, and pecs–Japanese fitness clubs combine entertainment and exercise, reflecting the Japanese concept of fitness as encompassing a zest for life as well as physical health. Through an engaging account of these clubs, Working Out in Japan reveals how beauty, bodies, health, and leisure are understood and experienced in Japan today. An aerobics instructor in two of Tokyo''s most popular fitness club chains from 1995 to 1997, Laura Spielvogel captures the diverse voices of club members, workers, and managers; women and men; young and old. Fitness clubs have proliferated in Japanese cities over the past decade. Yet, despite the pervasive influence of a beauty industry that values thinness above all else, they have met with only mixed success . Exploring this paradox, Spielvogel focuses on the tensions and contradictions within the world of Japanese fitness clubs and on the significance of differences between Japanese and North American philosophies of mind and body. Working Out in Japan explores the ways spaces and bodies are organized and regulated within the clubs, the frustrations of female instructors who face various gender inequities, and the difficult demands that the ideal of slimness places on Japanese women. Spielvogel''s vivid investigation illuminates not only the fitness clubs themselves, but also broader cultural developments including the growth of the service industry and the changing character of work and leisure in Japan.
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