BoF 500

The people shaping the global fashion industry

Supported by

Hirofumi Kurino

Co-Founder & Senior Adviser for Creative Direction, United Arrows

retailers

The retail veteran co-founded one of Japan’s most buzzed-about fashion retailers, stocking brands like Comme des Garçons.

Hiroki Nakamura

Designer, Visvim

designers

His vintage-inspired reiterations of American workwear have earned fans including Kanye West and Rihanna.

Hiroshi Onishi

Former President & Chief Executive, Isetan

executives

The longtime executive oversaw Japan's benchmark department store chain as part of the larger Isetan Mitsukoshi group.

Hiroyuki Sasaki

Founder, Tomorrowland

retailers

The designer and businessman has been at the helm of the iconic Japanese fashion brand for more than 30 years.

Hitoshi Okamoto

President of Textile Company, Itochu Corporation

executives

As head of the apparel arm of one of Japan's largest trading companies, he oversees licenses for brands like Converse and Paul Smith.

Jun Takahashi

Designer, Undercover

designers

The Japanese designer and rulebreaker has brought his conceptual eye to collaborations with brands like Nike and Uniqlo.

Junya Watanabe

Designer, Junya Watanabe

designers

Inspired by both traditional and techno fabrics, the experimental designer was a protégé of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, where his label lives.

New

Kanako Takase

Makeup Artist

creative-class

The Japanese makeup artist’s work has graced the cover of Vogue Italia, Saint Laurent’s runway and numerous campaigns.

How the #BoF500 Breaks Down

Filter the #BoF500 by role, nationality and location