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Japan Fashion Week

Japan will start a Fashion Week to better compete with well-established fashion cities like New York, Paris and Milan.

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The first Japan Fashion Week (JFW), billed as “a Paris collection with a Tokyo style” is to be held this October in Tokyo.

Tomorrow, distributors from department stores and the apparel industry, material makers, fashion industry representatives and officials from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will hold a meeting to discuss plans.

Since the 1980s, Japan has brought forth many highly successful designers whose work sells internationally, but the majority of them move overseas.

The new show must encourage the world fashion industry to come to Japan, instead of Japan fanning out to the world.

Fashion has been designated as an intellectual asset-based industry. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry wants to develop strategies that will develop it to a point where struggling textile manufacturers will be able to thrive once again.

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Hi,
I am, a designer from Lima-Peru,I am interested in participate in this event.
Please contact me as soon as possible.

Sincerly,
Karen Mitre
Lima-Peru
karen mitre
Jul 25, 2005 (6032 days ago)
Hi there, when is the Tokyo Fashion Week? i would like to attend..thank you.
Twinkle
Aug 4, 2005 (6022 days ago)
Japan Fashion Week will be held from Oct. 31 and last 10 days. For more information get in contact with the Textile Division (Senika) of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (+81) 3 3501 0969.
Kjeld Duits (author)
Aug 4, 2005 (6022 days ago)
Hi I was just woundering what are the dates for the nest two tokyo fashion weeks. Thank you
Luke Hicks
Aug 28, 2005 (5998 days ago)
Hi I was just woundering what are the specific dates for the nest two tokyo fashion weeks. Thank you
Luke Hicks
Aug 28, 2005 (5998 days ago)
Luke: Ten days starting at October 31.
Kjeld Duits (author)
Aug 30, 2005 (5996 days ago)
i am a designer from San Francisco. I would love to attend Tokyo fashion week during my visit. Thank You
Katie Toker
Sep 3, 2005 (5992 days ago)
I am a fashion model in Michigan and I am very interested in working in the Tokyo fashion week. What agency would be good to work with.
Phillip Afton
Sep 9, 2005 (5986 days ago)
Phillip Afton: Contact the agencies in our FASHION LINKS
Kjeld Duits (author)
Sep 9, 2005 (5986 days ago)
Hi there ,
I’m a fashion design student studying in Singapore.I would like know after the fashion weeks, can I check out the details or works of fashion weeks from the japanesestreet website ? thank you.
tharyar
Sep 13, 2005 (5982 days ago)
Hi
I am editor of street fashion in thailand.i would like to show your photo of fashion week in my magazine.Can you help me? thanks.
chanarong promrak
Sep 14, 2005 (5981 days ago)
Hi,I’m an agent from manila Phils and startingmy fashion line.I would like to participate during your fashion week. Who do I contact for correspondence?Thank you.
Cecille Laigo
Sep 15, 2005 (5980 days ago)
hi, im fashion stylist from spain
i relly want to help in this thays of the tokyo fashion week

let me know , thanks
bahat
Sep 15, 2005 (5980 days ago)
The detailed information about Tokyo Fashion Week will be announced early October. To watch the shows you need to be invited by the particular designer or company.
Kjeld Duits (author)
Sep 21, 2005 (5974 days ago)
Hi Im a fashion merchandiser from australia and i’d like to do some volunteer work for tokyo fashion week. thanks!
dee tang
Oct 2, 2005 (5963 days ago)
Hi, I am a fashion & accessory designer from Hong Kong. May I know who / where should I approach for the invitation to watch the show? Thanks.
stan
Oct 3, 2005 (5962 days ago)
Hi Stan,

You must be invited by the fashion house doing the show. We will soon post a list of the participating designers!
Kjeld Duits (author)
Oct 3, 2005 (5962 days ago)
hey there Kjeld,

just moved from western australia to Tokyo. loving this town!
freelance fashion writer here, and was wanting to do a few write ups on Tokyo Fashion Week to send back to australia for publishing in independent fashion magazines that don’t have correspondents in Tokyo.
how do i go about getting a lovely little press pass?
will be dropping a line to the CFD Tokyo, i have the listing of shows i would like to see, and might get in touch with a few designers directly…
any other suggestions?
ta, much obliged…
raul
Oct 6, 2005 (5959 days ago)
Hi Kjeld,

Just want to know if you can tell me the way I can come and watch the show, as I am now planning my trip to Tokyo.

Thanks so much for your help.
stan
Oct 13, 2005 (5952 days ago)
Hi Kjeld,
i am a up coming fashion designer & stylist from london,i wud love to attend to your fashion show, learn more about fashion do voluntary work if possible!!!

THANX!!
bibi
Oct 28, 2005 (5937 days ago)
Hi,

I am the editor of the magazine “Fashion Bloom” from India. Could you give me the details of the PR agency that is handling JFW? I would like to coordinate with them and give coverage to this show in my magazine.

Regards,
Anupam
Anupam K. Sinha
Nov 2, 2005 (5932 days ago)
Hi,
I am, a jewelry designer from Lima-Peru,I am interested in participate in this event.
Please contact me. Thanks.
Fernando Arbulu
Nov 27, 2005 (5907 days ago)
Hello

I am interested in particpating in Tokyo fashion week Spring 2007 do you know who I would contact?
brian wood
Feb 22, 2006 (5820 days ago)
Hi,

I am looking at getting involved with JFW in the hope of establishing some distribution contacts. Is there an eyewear category?

Cheers.
Marco Federici
Mar 9, 2006 (5805 days ago)
Marco: No, there is no eyewear category (yet).
Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 9, 2006 (5805 days ago)
Hi!
I am looking for some fashion agents in Japan to sell our new Surfing Label within Japan.

Please contact me.

Thank you!
Hayley
Hayley
May 19, 2006 (5734 days ago)
hi, i am an australian fashion designer of jewellery and mens wear. i am trying to locate a good fashion agent / distributor in japan. any suggestions? thanks pete
pete zuttion
May 25, 2006 (5728 days ago)
To find a good fashion agent or distributor in Japan: Contact Loic Bizel of l’e-biz Consulting Tokyo at 81(0)-90-3680-0836 (GMT +9 Hours) – Fax. 81(0)-3-3588-6234
Kjeld Duits (author)
May 27, 2006 (5726 days ago)
hello to u ,i’m an Italian stylist thet working in uk.
I’m pecialise in retro style from 20’s at 60’ for hair dress and make up Holliwood style.
I’m usual working on japanis hairs and all my collaboretors come from Tokio.
i’m start in the 91 I’m 31 years old i try to speak japanes well possible and i collaborated with the most important corsets and fashion fatish woman dresses stylists in Europe.Like F.Argento(Roma),Lady luck club(uk),G.Dotta(it)Tony Ravesky photografer Pin up collection.I think thet can ll be a fantastic collaboration for this fashions show .
Actually this is the Fenomeno of the moment let’s me know if u are iterest ….Annalisa’s Divine style.
I can send u some photos
Annalisa
Jun 22, 2006 (5700 days ago)
Hi there, I am a designer with a label called Psylo. We produce very hip urban streetwear fashion for both guys and girls and we live and create in Bali. We are looking to increase our market to Japan and would love some contacts for a good distributor there. I also want to know what the possibilities of joining the fashion week in Tokyo are for this October and how to go about it. Cheers.
Shoki
Jun 23, 2006 (5699 days ago)
Dear Shoki,

To break into the Japanese market, I suggest that you contact Mr. Loic Bizel (see contact data at comment 28). For information about Japan Fashion Week: http://www.jfw.jp/en/index.html

I wish you much success!
Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 24, 2006 (5698 days ago)

Annalisa’s divine style

Annalisa
Sep 30, 2006 (5599 days ago)

hi, i’d like to suscribe
to your magazine, please
and thank you

isaac neberamis
Oct 20, 2006 (5580 days ago)

I am planning a trip to Japan to see the fashion show,either around December, 2006 or sometime in 2007. Please tell me how to get tickets to attend and when are the shows? Thank you.

FRANCISCA FONG
Oct 23, 2006 (5577 days ago)

You can see the schedule for Japan Fashion Week here: http://www.jfw.jp/

You can’t get tickets, you need to be invited by the designers.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Oct 23, 2006 (5577 days ago)

I am an Alpaca and Vicuna coats designer, with a so special style, each coat is a real “Textil Jewel”, real exclusivity and luxury. I will send photos by order with pleasure.I am a true coats innovator using the best fibers in the world.

Carlos Vascones
Dec 28, 2006 (5511 days ago)

Hi Kjeld
Do you Invite Designers from other countries to Submit their works
I am a fashion producer from South Africa
and would like to …..
Danny
e-mail: absolute@absolutesa.co.za

Danny M
Jan 23, 2007 (5485 days ago)

I too am a creative being and am now looking to venture into fashion.

NiCHASIE'
Jan 30, 2007 (5478 days ago)

We are a german/peruvian manufacturer specialised in Alpaca garments. Please contact us if you have any suggestions on fashion agents in Japan

Matthias Senkler
Feb 4, 2007 (5473 days ago)

hi, i love u!!!!!

Lizzie13
May 1, 2007 (5387 days ago)

Hi, we have a men’s and women’s fashion label in Australia in the middle to high end of fashion, and we are looking for an Agent in Japan. Please contact if you have any suggestions. Thank You
E-mail: headquarters@georgiadis.net.au

niko georgiadis
May 17, 2008 (5005 days ago)

Hi, I am looking for fashion agents to sell our brand in Japan. Hannah Jo is a ladies “up market” label, which has been very succesfull in the US.
Would love to hear from you if you can help.
e-mail:parisa@hannahjoinc.com

Parisa Louie
Jul 16, 2008 (4944 days ago)

I am an independent bag designer based in the UK.
I currently have part of my collection in three Tokyo shops, placed by an agent in Japan.
Due to the nature of my product, quantites are limited which has been a stumbling block for the agent concerning their profits.
I would idealy like to be able to approach smaller boutiques in Japan myself, directly ( as I do here in the UK and which prooves to be successful).
Searching Tokyo boutiques on the internet for website addresses and contact details is vertually impossible.
If you have a spare moment, please pay my website a visit to get a feel of my product.
Perhaps you could then point me in the direction of some relevent contacts?
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Kindest regards,
Sarah.

SARAH DONEGAN
Sep 11, 2008 (4888 days ago)

Thanks for your interest in JAPANESE STREETS and your comment. I think you’d do best by visiting Tokyo’s fashion districts yourself using a good professional interpreter familiar with the fashion business. Perhaps the organizers of the Japan Fashion Week can suggest people. Otherwise, you can contact interpretation/translation agencies in Tokyo. It is expensive, but necessary as most of the people running the boutiques don’t speak English. Many of the so-called “small” boutiques are actually run be large companies that own lots of boutiques, so once you have made contact with one boutique, you often have other outlets as well.

I wish you much success!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Sep 11, 2008 (4888 days ago)

I am a shoe designer based in Florence Italy, with some experience working with a Japanese accessories company and would very much like to work there again.. please pay a visit to my website at: mauriceclarkeshoes.com I should very much like to hear any comments or suggestions about agents or companies I should get in touch with. THANKS and all my best..X Maurice.

maurice clarke
Aug 28, 2009 (4537 days ago)

I am a bag designer living in Barbados and would like to find an agent/manufacturer.

mark
Nov 23, 2009 (4450 days ago)

I would love to invite distributors and fashion lovers to my show here in michigan (USA). I am launching a new line called SamQouVaz designed by Valencia R Williams for tall and full-figured women. How can I make contact?

Valencia Williams
Dec 6, 2009 (4437 days ago)

Hello,

My business partner is Deborah Lindquist, pioneer in Eco fashion in the US. Deborah is well known for her high end cashmere apparel and her clothing lines are worn by variaty of A list celebrities. We are very interested in working with Japanese distributors. Any good ideas?

Thank you,
Luben Romanov

Luben Romanov
Feb 2, 2010 (4379 days ago)

I am a designer from Germany. We have been at the Berlin Fashion Week. It was nice but there were not a lot of visitors this year. How were the shows in Japan this year?

Wolldecke
Feb 21, 2015 (2534 days ago)

@Wolldecke: In Japan the Fashion Week is still growing in popularity. But in 2005 it started from quite a low level of awareness.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Feb 22, 2015 (2533 days ago)

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