In the past few years, Japanese fashion has proven to be a mammoth in the menswear industry with little question why. Brands such as Comme Des Garçons, A Bathing Ape, and Kapital all share a similar fondness for obscurity and craftsmanship, all while a maintaining a strong sense of individuality. However, before streetwear, avant-garde, and workwear came to define contemporary Japanese style, Ivy League fashion dominated the lives of Japan’s most stylish men. Behind the fanfare of our favorite Japanese brands, there is a deeper anthology that explores western engagement in the evolution of culture within Japan. At the core of this antiquity stands Kensuke Ishizu, a pioneer who sought to create the stylish Japanese man.

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