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

Karen Mitre
karen mitre
Jul 24, 2005 (6640 days ago)
Hi there, when is the Tokyo Fashion Week? i would like to attend..thank you.
Aug 3, 2005 (6629 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 3, 2005 (6629 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 (6605 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 (6605 days ago)
Luke: Ten days starting at October 31.
Kjeld Duits (author)
Aug 29, 2005 (6603 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 2, 2005 (6599 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 8, 2005 (6594 days ago)
Phillip Afton: Contact the agencies in our FASHION LINKS
Kjeld Duits (author)
Sep 8, 2005 (6593 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.
Sep 12, 2005 (6590 days ago)
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 (6588 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 14, 2005 (6588 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
Sep 14, 2005 (6588 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 (6581 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 1, 2005 (6570 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.
Oct 2, 2005 (6569 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 2, 2005 (6569 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…
Oct 5, 2005 (6566 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.
Oct 12, 2005 (6559 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!!!

Oct 28, 2005 (6544 days ago)

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.

Anupam K. Sinha
Nov 1, 2005 (6539 days ago)
I am, a jewelry designer from Lima-Peru,I am interested in participate in this event.
Please contact me. Thanks.
Fernando Arbulu
Nov 26, 2005 (6515 days ago)

I am interested in particpating in Tokyo fashion week Spring 2007 do you know who I would contact?
brian wood
Feb 21, 2006 (6427 days ago)

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

Marco Federici
Mar 8, 2006 (6412 days ago)
Marco: No, there is no eyewear category (yet).
Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 8, 2006 (6412 days ago)
I am looking for some fashion agents in Japan to sell our new Surfing Label within Japan.

Please contact me.

Thank you!
May 18, 2006 (6342 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 24, 2006 (6335 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 26, 2006 (6334 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
Jun 22, 2006 (6307 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.
Jun 23, 2006 (6306 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:

I wish you much success!
Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 24, 2006 (6305 days ago)

Annalisa’s divine style

Sep 30, 2006 (6207 days ago)

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

isaac neberamis
Oct 19, 2006 (6187 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.

Oct 22, 2006 (6184 days ago)

You can see the schedule for Japan Fashion Week here:

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

Kjeld Duits (author)
Oct 22, 2006 (6184 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 27, 2006 (6119 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 M
Jan 23, 2007 (6092 days ago)

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

Jan 29, 2007 (6086 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 3, 2007 (6081 days ago)

hi, i love u!!!!!

Apr 30, 2007 (5994 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

niko georgiadis
May 16, 2008 (5612 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.

Parisa Louie
Jul 16, 2008 (5552 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,

Sep 10, 2008 (5496 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 10, 2008 (5496 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: 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 27, 2009 (5145 days ago)

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

Nov 22, 2009 (5058 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 5, 2009 (5044 days ago)


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 1, 2010 (4986 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?

Feb 21, 2015 (3141 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 21, 2015 (3141 days ago)

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