Freelance designer takes on United Nude on copying issue – an article

I have been working as a fashion trend forecaster here in Tokyo on and off for around five years. I watch the mass market, document it and organize my findings to sell to… Continue reading

The true cost – a documentary

When I tell people that I am a designer they ask me one of two questions: “What brand do you work for?” or “What is your label called?”. I then tell them that… Continue reading

Rage against the sage press and Otto von Busch – essays and comics

Sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time. I know it’s cliche, but I’ve been enduring an existential crisis. It’s subsided now so I’m back! Following this and other recent peer-review scandals, I’d like to… Continue reading


Vestoj, a scholarly journal on fashion and identity published by the London College of Fashion, is one of the best fashion publications that I have seen in recent years (this and Too Much… Continue reading

Design as Art – a book by Bruno Munari

I wish Bruno Munari was my uncle. If he was we could hang out at barbeques and he would make me and my brothers, cousins and nieces weird toys and we would all… Continue reading

unravel – a film about garment waste and the shadowy ‘other’

The following text has been Ctrl+C’ed from the films official site: When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs often go on a journey east, across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior.… Continue reading

Special lectures at Bunka – sign up now!

I would like to invite you all to two special lectures that will be given at Bunka next week. The first is on Monday June 1st, and is titled “2.5D Fashion: Making the… Continue reading

Fair trade for the global garment industry – a New york times op-ed

Keywords like “green”, “ethical” and “sustainable” are often used by big brands to sell products, but they must be using them ironically. The fast fashion garment industry based on Free Trade agreements between… Continue reading

Denim Glossary – a resource

Here is a post about denim to coincide with the current exhibition on denim at the Bunka Costume Museum. The following post originates here. Denim can be confusing stuff. Over the 130-year lifespan… Continue reading


I know this is last minute, but it is supposed to be a surprise! A friend of mine, Koshiro Ebata, who runs the shop Garter in the Kitakore building, has co-organized “The Happening“,… Continue reading