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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First Person | 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 Nowfashion.com, shares her reflections on a Paris Fashion Week that saw a number of new designer debuts at venerable French houses.

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