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Perspective by Chris Stamp: High Street’s Impact on Modern Japanese Style with POGGY


 

One of your most well-known traits has been your flawless ability to combine elements of street and luxury fashion. How do you think the movement of the high-street market is currently affecting both the U.S. and Asian fashion landscape?

The Japanese market used to be quick to combine those two elements, but it’s becoming less frequent. Between 2006 and 2010, I was the director at Liquor, Woman & Tears. It was a shop that combined Fendi, MCM, Jacob & Co. with Supreme, PHENOMENON, Benjamin Bixby by Andre 3000 among others so this concept has always been something I’ve really embraced. But the division between street fashion and runway shows is still there in Japan. The country has traditionally been focused on rock music and despite the booming popularity of hip-hop, it hasn’t really made in-roads in the country. This contributes to the fact that stores still have yet to embrace some of the values we’ve seen highly adopted in the culture such as mixing high and low.

Who do you think are the leaders in the high street market and why?

I think some of the leaders are Pigalle, Chris Stamp, Ronnie Fieg, Chris Gibbs, Virgil Abloh, Jon, Buscemi, Marcelo Burlon, VERBAL, Jerry Lorenzo, Dr. Romanelli and Astrid Andersen. Streetwear brands used to be strong at concepts and promoting street culture but they often didn’t pay attention to the quality of its products. But you could argue that street brands have effectively balanced both creative and quality. For some high fashion brands such as Celine, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Rick Owens, they’re all showing a collection inclusive of mixing street culture and luxury together.

 



How would you describe what you do with UNITED ARROWS & SONS? What sort of platform does it provide to high street brands you carry and how does it differ from other UNITED ARROWS retailers?

We’re strong on mixing elements of tradition with modernity. For example, mixing suits with streetwear is something we’re good at. The difference between UNITED ARROWS & SONS and rest of our stores is the culture behind our choices.

You’re in the midst of renovating the store, what can we expect?

We won’t necessarily be updating and renovating constantly. However the ongoing goal is to introduce to our customers elements of culture and quality with a UNITED ARROWS approach to service.

Does UNITED ARROWS plan to open additional UNITED ARROWS & SONS stores? Is there anything planned for expansion outside of Japan?

Yes, we’ve just launched our UNITED ARROWS & SONS space in our UNITED ARROWS Taipei store on October 31.



With the vast array of the brands you work with, what are you most looking forward to seeing over the coming seasons?

One of my favorite brands that I’m looking forward to includes NIGOLD® by UNITED ARROWS that started in Fall/Winter 2014. We’re looking to collaborate with NIGO® every season and create some great products. The range is representative of what I previously mentioned with suits combining with streetwear elements. Other brands I’m looking forward to include ART COMES FIRST and Umit Benan.

What kind of projects can we look forward to seeing from you in 2015?

There will be several interesting projects, but you’ll see it soon so don’t worry!

How do you think merchandising and retail differs between Japan and the rest of the world?

Especially in Tokyo, there is low, middle and high-end products all in one place. And the number of stores is truly massive. Through years of experience, the customer has good eye to look for what they really want. It could be a little bold to say, but Japanese customers always look for “UNIQLO cost with Hermes hospitality.”
 

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Opening Ceremony 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

 

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As New York Fashion Week continues to roll out collections from some of the most creative labels in the industry, Opening Ceremony recently unveiled its Fall/Winter collection for 2014. Staying with its avant-garde designs mixed with unique patterns over classic silhouettes, Opening Ceremony continues to push the envelope. Featuring a distinct color grouping of dark green/navy, navy/brown, orange/navy and grey, the bold selection of colors blend well with the modern cuts.
Standout pieces include a quilted parka jacket in both navy and grey that is layered with chest-plate inspired vest.
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Siki Im 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

 

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Siki Im presented its Fall/Winter 2014 menswear lineup in New York at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The collection consists of highly tailored menswear items such as leather jackets, suits, coats and knit sweaters with some pieces accented with hand-drawn oil pastel graphics. The colors are centered around an almost purely neutral palette with a contrasting black and white hex pattern being of particular interest.
Stay tuned for more from this collection and the designer in the near future.
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India Fashion Week is the coolest, and here is proof…

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India is a growing fashion powerhouse. Though it may not have as high a status as the world’s fashion capitals, the designers of India are numerous, talented, and awesomely creative. Just last month, India Fashion Week came to a close, and perusing through photographs from all the runways, you can see there was a lot of funky and colorful designs to be had.

Check out some of the best looks from the Indian catwalks, and cross your fingers that these designers will send their wares across the globe.

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India Fashion Week is the coolest, and here is proof…

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New York Fashion Week spring 2014: Richard Chai review

 

Korean-American designer Richard Chai showed his spring 2014 men’s and women’s runway collections at the Lincoln Center tents Thursday, the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York.

The inspiration: When recently asked by fashion-industry trade paper WWD for the season’s inspiration, Chai summed it up in just two words: “Soft geometry,” a simple straightforward answer that translated into something considerably more nuanced on the catwalk.

The scene: Christina Ricci, Zachary Quinto, Louise Roe, Colton Haynes (“Teen Wolf”) and the Jonas brothers were among the celebrity guests seated in the front row.

Richard Chai, a New York native, began his career in fashion at an early age with a prestigious internship at Geoffrey Beene as an undergraduate at Parsons School of Design. Upon graduation from Parsons, Chai continued his studies at the Lissa School in Paris, while working as a sketcher at Lanvin. Returning to New York one year later, Chai continued to gain experience with several prestigious brands including Armani Exchange, Donna Karan, and Marc Jacobs. In September 2001, Chai was appointed Creative Design Director of all TSE brands, including men’s, women’s and TSE Say, marking the first time in the company’s history that a single person oversaw all brands.

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Alexander Wang’s niece steals the spotlight at NY Fashion Week

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New York’s Fashion Week has had its fair share of Asian talent featured. From Phillip Lim to Vera Wang, to Opening Ceremony and Alexander Wang… Well, it looks like Alexander Wang’s Alexander Wang’s  niece, Aila Wang was the one who stole the show the other day.

Tiny Aila paired her boy’s Jordan pre-school Hydro II slides with short white socks, a black leather skirt, a graphic black-and-white tee and a big Balanciaga bag for her uncle’s show last night. Both the skirt and the top appear to be custom Wang creations; he showed a similar shirt on the runway in adult size.

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Alexander Wang’s niece steals the spotlight at NY Fashion Week

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