Fashion critic Toshiyuki Kurosu has been blogging on Kamakura Shirts’ Japanese website since February 2014.
His devoted readership eagerly awaits each week’s posts about Ivy League style and broader topics in the world of fashion.
Here we present selected posts from Kurosu’s archives in English, translated by W. David Marx, author of Ametora, and Matt Treyvaud.
From a Tailor’s Apprentice to Working at VAN (No.13)
Meeting Kazuo Hozumi changed my life. I’ve always thought it must have been fate.
Hozumi was the one who introduced me to the people at Men’s Club magazine, and he was the leader of our Ivy Club that Men’s Club eventually covered in a multi-page spread. That article led them to formally invite me to write for them. I was so excited about this first commission, but once that wore off, doubt set in. I went to Setsu-sensei for help, asking how I should write the article they wanted. “You’re still an unknown,” he said. “Say you do get something wrong—so what?” The weight was lifted from my shoulders, and the words started to flow. This was the autumn of my senior year in college.
Through Men’s Club, I eventually connected with the brand VAN Jacket, and soon left my tailor’s apprenticeship at Yamagataya to join its Tokyo planning department. That was in May 1961.
Setsu Nagasawa, Kazuo Hozumi, Men’s Club, VAN—each one connected me to the next in a fateful chain that brought me to where I am today.