The Gatekeepers Who Hold the Keys to Japanese Fashion

Source: Illustration by BoF

Today, BoF examines Japan’s ‘madoguchi,’ the bicultural point people who play the critical role of scout, market researcher, mediator, cultural ambassador, interpreter and deal broker for Western businesses seeking out the most exciting niche labels in Tokyo’s often impenetrable fashion landscape.

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Chitose Abe of Sacai Says It’s About Following Your Instincts

Chitose Abe | Source: Courtesy Photo

BoF speaks to Japanese designer Chitose Abe about how she grew her label, Sacai, into a burgeoning fashion business that has attracted an unlikely chorus of cheerleaders, including industry titans Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.

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An Injection of New Energy in Paris

A/W 2013 looks from Balenciaga, Sonia Rykiel and Emanuel Ungaro | Source: Nowfashion

How much deference does a newly installed designer need to pay to the heritage of a house? Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of, shares her reflections on a Paris Fashion Week that saw a number of new designer debuts at venerable French houses.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 7-8: Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino, Stella McCartney

PARIS, France —  Today, our trusty contributing lensman Sonny Vandevelde brings us photo dispatches from the backstage of the Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino and Stella McCartney shows.

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