Former Director of International Affairs, Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week
An ardent supporter of the homegrown Japanese fashion industry, she called upon the government to invest in the sector.
The Tokyo-based model and Japanese ‘It’ girl, famed for her streetstyle looks, lists DJ, actress and curator of two books among her accolades.
Having trained in pattern-cutting at the directional Comme des Garçons, Sacai’s founder and creative director has won a strong following with her fluid, multi-dimensional designs.
Co-Founders, Tokyo Dandy
Their bilingual, independent web magazine on underground Japanese fashion is a tastemaker in Japan and abroad.
Co-Founder & Senior Adviser for Creative Direction, United Arrows
The retail veteran co-founded one of Japan’s most buzzed-about fashion retailers, stocking brands like Comme des Garçons.
His vintage-inspired reiterations of American workwear have earned fans including Kanye West and Rihanna.
Former President & Chief Executive, Isetan
The longtime executive oversaw Japan's benchmark department store chain as part of the larger Isetan Mitsukoshi group.
The designer and businessman has been at the helm of the iconic Japanese fashion brand for more than 40 years.
President of Textile Company, Itochu Corporation
As head of the apparel arm of one of Japan's largest trading companies, he oversees licenses for brands like Converse and Paul Smith.
The Japanese designer and rulebreaker has brought his conceptual eye to collaborations with brands like Nike and Uniqlo.
Designer, Junya Watanabe
Inspired by both traditional and techno fabrics, the experimental designer was a protégé of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, where his label lives.
The Japanese makeup artist’s work has graced the cover of Vogue Italia, Saint Laurent’s runway and numerous campaigns.
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