Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide - 2023 Update

Read MoreJun 7th 2023

Tokyo is one of the most varied, creative and stimulating retail experiences in the world. Not only is the city huge, but each area has a distinct feel and atmosphere, reflected in its shopping. There are small, niche brands everywhere, as well a...

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide - 2023 Update

Tokyo is one of the most varied, creative and stimulating retail experiences in the world. Not only is the city huge, but each area has a distinct feel and atmosphere, reflected in its shopping. There are small, niche brands everywhere, as well a...

Jun 7th 2023

The Japanese Bespoke Symposium, Tokyo

Read MoreMay 29th 2019

I was more nervous than usual at this, our first Symposium in Japan. Partly I think it was because of the speakers: sitting alongside Kamoshita-san (above) is intimidating for anyone. But mostly it was cultural. I was very conscious of being the only...

The Japanese Bespoke Symposium, Tokyo

I was more nervous than usual at this, our first Symposium in Japan. Partly I think it was because of the speakers: sitting alongside Kamoshita-san (above) is intimidating for anyone. But mostly it was cultural. I was very conscious of being the only...

May 29th 2019

Japanese tailors: Anglofilo, Sartoria Domenica, Vick Tailor and Pecora Ginza

Read MoreOct 19th 2016

The Japanese tailoring tradition is relatively short. After all, until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, almost no western-style tailoring was worn in the country.The Restoration made western dress required for courtiers and bureaucrats, and increasingl...

Japanese tailors: Anglofilo, Sartoria Domenica, Vick Tailor and Pecora Ginza

The Japanese tailoring tradition is relatively short. After all, until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, almost no western-style tailoring was worn in the country.The Restoration made western dress required for courtiers and bureaucrats, and increasingl...

Oct 19th 2016

Inspiring Japan: The 2023 trip

Read MoreApr 24th 2023

Last week I was in Japan for 10 days, mainly in Tokyo but also travelling around to Kobe, Osaka and Wakayama prefecture. It was the fourth time I’d been to Japan, but only the third for PS, and one of those had been for only a few days around our J...

Inspiring Japan: The 2023 trip

Last week I was in Japan for 10 days, mainly in Tokyo but also travelling around to Kobe, Osaka and Wakayama prefecture. It was the fourth time I’d been to Japan, but only the third for PS, and one of those had been for only a few days around our J...

Apr 24th 2023

Niwaki Japanese tools and knives: Levels of quality

Read MoreSep 30th 2022

You might be forgiven for wondering why a luxury Japanese gardening shop opened last year on Chiltern Street - I mean, who buys axes and ladders in Marylebone on a casual Saturday afternoon? The explanation lies in the history of that store, Niwaki, ...

Niwaki Japanese tools and knives: Levels of quality

You might be forgiven for wondering why a luxury Japanese gardening shop opened last year on Chiltern Street - I mean, who buys axes and ladders in Marylebone on a casual Saturday afternoon? The explanation lies in the history of that store, Niwaki, ...

Sep 30th 2022

Japanese shoemakers: Yohei Fukuda, Marquess, Yuki Shirahama

Read MoreNov 28th 2016

There is a bewildering number of shoemakers in Japan, somewhere between 35 and 40 depending on how you count. Although many have people working for them, they are all essentially sole operators. One person founded the house, is in charge, and there i...

Japanese shoemakers: Yohei Fukuda, Marquess, Yuki Shirahama

There is a bewildering number of shoemakers in Japan, somewhere between 35 and 40 depending on how you count. Although many have people working for them, they are all essentially sole operators. One person founded the house, is in charge, and there i...

Nov 28th 2016

Sartoria Ciccio: Noriyuki Ueki, bespoke tailor, Japan

Read MoreMar 27th 2017

Of all the tailors we visited in Japan last year, Ciccio was the one I was excited about seeing.I'd seen and tried on examples of his work on friends, and more importantly heard good things about his attitude to style and working with customers.We me...

Sartoria Ciccio: Noriyuki Ueki, bespoke tailor, Japan

Of all the tailors we visited in Japan last year, Ciccio was the one I was excited about seeing.I'd seen and tried on examples of his work on friends, and more importantly heard good things about his attitude to style and working with customers.We me...

Mar 27th 2017

Ring Jacket, Japan - Factory visit

Read MoreMar 5th 2018

Given Japan’s reputation for quality and craft - particularly in denim and bespoke menswear - it would be natural to assume its suit manufacturing was of a similar level. But until recently, most factories in Japan produced at a fairly low qualit...

Ring Jacket, Japan - Factory visit

Given Japan’s reputation for quality and craft - particularly in denim and bespoke menswear - it would be natural to assume its suit manufacturing was of a similar level. But until recently, most factories in Japan produced at a fairly low qualit...

Mar 5th 2018

A guide to vintage in Japan: Harajuku, Koenji, Osaka

Read MoreMay 19th 2023

There are more vintage shops in Japan than anywhere else. Particularly in Harajuku, the fashion area of Tokyo, and in Koenji, a district about 40 minutes from the centre.  But elsewhere too - Osaka, traditionally a fashion centre in Japan, has high-...

A guide to vintage in Japan: Harajuku, Koenji, Osaka

There are more vintage shops in Japan than anywhere else. Particularly in Harajuku, the fashion area of Tokyo, and in Koenji, a district about 40 minutes from the centre.  But elsewhere too - Osaka, traditionally a fashion centre in Japan, has high-...

May 19th 2023

The struggles with shoemaking in Japan

Read MoreMay 12th 2023

Five or six years ago, it was easy to find young people that wanted to be shoemakers in Japan. The wave of enthusiasm for both craft and menswear elsewhere in the world had washed up here just as strongly.  Today, with Covid having only just effecti...

The struggles with shoemaking in Japan

Five or six years ago, it was easy to find young people that wanted to be shoemakers in Japan. The wave of enthusiasm for both craft and menswear elsewhere in the world had washed up here just as strongly.  Today, with Covid having only just effecti...

May 12th 2023

Talon zips and velvet chandeliers: The Real McCoy's headquarters in Kobe, Japan

Read MoreJul 26th 2023

The Real McCoy's headquarters in Kobe, Japan is extraordinary.  I had been warned it would be, but it really didn't prepare me for the scale of the operation or for the mix of craft and eccentricity.  The company owns four warehouses in the port of...

Talon zips and velvet chandeliers: The Real McCoy's headquarters in Kobe, Japan

The Real McCoy's headquarters in Kobe, Japan is extraordinary.  I had been warned it would be, but it really didn't prepare me for the scale of the operation or for the mix of craft and eccentricity.  The company owns four warehouses in the port of...

Jul 26th 2023

Reader profile: Adrian

Read MoreJun 14th 2023

Adrian Hogan is a PS reader and an illustrator living in Tokyo. We met at Midori So, a charming Ivy-covered building that’s used as a shared workspace, set on top of a hill in a largely residential area but just a couple of blocks from the Nakamegu...

Reader profile: Adrian

Adrian Hogan is a PS reader and an illustrator living in Tokyo. We met at Midori So, a charming Ivy-covered building that’s used as a shared workspace, set on top of a hill in a largely residential area but just a couple of blocks from the Nakamegu...

Jun 14th 2023

Ludens: Japanese belts and leather goods

Read MoreAug 11th 2023

In recent years I've been wearing more belts with tailoring, as I've worn other accessories such as ties and handkerchiefs less.  That's meant me upping my belt game, with a couple of commissions from Tightly Stitched, some great belts from Rubato, ...

Ludens: Japanese belts and leather goods

In recent years I've been wearing more belts with tailoring, as I've worn other accessories such as ties and handkerchiefs less.  That's meant me upping my belt game, with a couple of commissions from Tightly Stitched, some great belts from Rubato, ...

Aug 11th 2023

Japanese retail and the growth of bespoke

Read MoreSep 30th 2016

Our trip to Japan this week was meant to be roughly split into three parts: retail (for a shopping guide), bespoke makers (for a range of posts and freelance articles) and Japanese crafts (around Osaka and Kyoto).But strangely enough, it was the bes...

Japanese retail and the growth of bespoke

Our trip to Japan this week was meant to be roughly split into three parts: retail (for a shopping guide), bespoke makers (for a range of posts and freelance articles) and Japanese crafts (around Osaka and Kyoto).But strangely enough, it was the bes...

Sep 30th 2016

Introducing: Japanese denim shirts

Read MoreJun 7th 2024

A couple of years ago, we discontinued the denim shirts sold on PS largely because of issues with producing and storing the cloth. Since then we’ve been working on alternatives, and finally settled on a Japanese-woven cotton last year.  These are ...

Introducing: Japanese denim shirts

A couple of years ago, we discontinued the denim shirts sold on PS largely because of issues with producing and storing the cloth. Since then we’ve been working on alternatives, and finally settled on a Japanese-woven cotton last year.  These are ...

Jun 7th 2024

Sasuke: Master Japanese knife-maker, Sakai, Osaka

Read MoreNov 21st 2016

When we were in Japan last month, Jamie and I tried to see a sprinkling of traditional Japanese craftsmen alongside the usual tailors and shoemakers.This was both for general interest (always interesting to see how things are made) and to note any...

Sasuke: Master Japanese knife-maker, Sakai, Osaka

When we were in Japan last month, Jamie and I tried to see a sprinkling of traditional Japanese craftsmen alongside the usual tailors and shoemakers.This was both for general interest (always interesting to see how things are made) and to note any...

Nov 21st 2016

Japanese trouser makers: Osaku and Igarashi

Read MoreDec 21st 2016

In most areas of the world, tailors commonly outsource their trouser making: cutting in-house but then sending the work to ateliers used by several different houses. Just as common in recent years has been the move for those ateliers to push their o...

Japanese trouser makers: Osaku and Igarashi

In most areas of the world, tailors commonly outsource their trouser making: cutting in-house but then sending the work to ateliers used by several different houses. Just as common in recent years has been the move for those ateliers to push their o...

Dec 21st 2016

Tatsuya Nakamura and Tomoyoshi Takada of Beams - and Ivy Style

Read MoreJul 5th 2019

Japanese fashion drives so much of classic style that we barely see in the West. Italian brands can be huge in Japan, yet barely be covered here. Partly as a result, Japanese buyers are some of the most knowledgeable in the world. They are usually be...

Tatsuya Nakamura and Tomoyoshi Takada of Beams - and Ivy Style

Japanese fashion drives so much of classic style that we barely see in the West. Italian brands can be huge in Japan, yet barely be covered here. Partly as a result, Japanese buyers are some of the most knowledgeable in the world. They are usually be...

Jul 5th 2019

Japanese craft in Kyoto: Hosoo, Kaikado, Kohchosai Kosuga

Read MoreApr 21st 2017

When I was in Japan at the end of last year, I was keen to see not just menswear crafts, but traditional crafts in other areas as well.Previous articles on swordmaker Sasuke and kimono maker Motoji attest to some of that, but there were also three ma...

Japanese craft in Kyoto: Hosoo, Kaikado, Kohchosai Kosuga

When I was in Japan at the end of last year, I was keen to see not just menswear crafts, but traditional crafts in other areas as well.Previous articles on swordmaker Sasuke and kimono maker Motoji attest to some of that, but there were also three ma...

Apr 21st 2017

Packing for travel: My Japan capsule wardrobe

Read MoreMay 24th 2023

I thought it would be interesting to do a post on what clothing I packed for my recent Japan trip. People always seem to like these capsule pieces, although this trip was particularly challenging for a couple of reasons.  First, I needed a full rang...

Packing for travel: My Japan capsule wardrobe

I thought it would be interesting to do a post on what clothing I packed for my recent Japan trip. People always seem to like these capsule pieces, although this trip was particularly challenging for a couple of reasons.  First, I needed a full rang...

May 24th 2023

Japanese boro cloth: Sri Threads, Brooklyn

Read MoreJan 28th 2019

To what extent can rags be beautiful? Is there even a point at which fetishising the clothes of the poor– how threadbare they are, how re-worn and re-hashed – can be disrespectful? Twenty years ago, when Stephen Szczepanek began importing them ...

Japanese boro cloth: Sri Threads, Brooklyn

To what extent can rags be beautiful? Is there even a point at which fetishising the clothes of the poor– how threadbare they are, how re-worn and re-hashed – can be disrespectful? Twenty years ago, when Stephen Szczepanek began importing them ...

Jan 28th 2019

Yohei Fukuda bespoke shoes: The style and shop today

Read MoreMar 11th 2020

Yohei Fukuda is one of the finest shoemakers in the world. And given his longevity - he set up on his own 12 years ago - he’s been at the forefront of Japan emerging as the primary world force in bespoke.  But like many Japanese, it's taken him a ...

Yohei Fukuda bespoke shoes: The style and shop today

Yohei Fukuda is one of the finest shoemakers in the world. And given his longevity - he set up on his own 12 years ago - he’s been at the forefront of Japan emerging as the primary world force in bespoke.  But like many Japanese, it's taken him a ...

Mar 11th 2020

Come to the Japanese Bespoke Symposium - in Tokyo

Read MoreMay 2nd 2019

For all readers in Japan - or who happen to be travelling there next month - you are cordially invited to our first Symposium event in the country. The talk will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Quartz Gallery, Shibuya, and will discuss the r...

Come to the Japanese Bespoke Symposium - in Tokyo

For all readers in Japan - or who happen to be travelling there next month - you are cordially invited to our first Symposium event in the country. The talk will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Quartz Gallery, Shibuya, and will discuss the r...

May 2nd 2019

What is French Ivy?

Read MoreMay 31st 2021

By Tony Sylvester “A few years back, I posted a photo of Paul Weller on my Instagram (above). It was taken in 1984 in his Style Council era, where much to the consternation of the Mod faithful, he was constantly tinkering with his attire - alienati...

What is French Ivy?

By Tony Sylvester “A few years back, I posted a photo of Paul Weller on my Instagram (above). It was taken in 1984 in his Style Council era, where much to the consternation of the Mod faithful, he was constantly tinkering with his attire - alienati...

May 31st 2021

Best-dressed man 2019: @Gusvs9 (or, dressing simply but well)

Read MoreFeb 20th 2019

Best-dressed non-professional 2019: @Gusvs9 Runners-up: @urbancomposition, @flannels_and_tweed @Gusvs9 doesn’t like people to know who he is. You never see his face on Instagram, and there is no biography. Such an approach is almost weird ...

Best-dressed man 2019: @Gusvs9 (or, dressing simply but well)

Best-dressed non-professional 2019: @Gusvs9 Runners-up: @urbancomposition, @flannels_and_tweed @Gusvs9 doesn’t like people to know who he is. You never see his face on Instagram, and there is no biography. Such an approach is almost weird ...

Feb 20th 2019