Most Japanese men opt for a very classic take on menswear, although the trend now is heading towards a taste for a more modern look. Imported brands are commonplace, and a large variety of high quality products are available to the discerning gentleman. Lardini and Boglioli are very popular brands offering tailored and modern cuts, emphasizing a fitted look. Narrow lapels, short jackets and tapered trousers dominate the RTW market and stores such as Beams and United Arrows in Japan offer a vast modern selection.
It is interesting to note that Japanese men often don’t realize that there are a number of great local craftsmen that make high quality products. Production is limited and in small quantities, with quality being as good, if not better, than some imported brands. Suits, sport jackets, ties, shoes and many more items are handcrafted by local artisans who have mastered their trade and offer high quality products.
Minamisenba is a local area within Osaka, where one such artisan offers his wares. Mr. Kubo, owner of “Kubo Classic Style”, knows and understands classic styles which appeal to Japanese men. He carries all your typical menswear staples and has a RTW line of suits and sport jackets, with a made-to-measure option available as well. His house style is basically classic, which he does very well but a modern touch can be added if so requested. The tailoring is all done in Japan, using fabrics within the country as well as imports from Italy and England. A true craftsman, his work speaks for itself.