The latest 109 Press update with swim and beachwear suggestions, shop staff survey, and delicious looking desserts from 109’s eateries. Personally, I think it’s always fun to see what recommendations and opinions shop staff have on hair, makeup, fashion, work, and more!
Black Peace Now in San Francisco will be closing its doors in August, likely due to intense competition with its Harajuku-style peers Baby the Stars Shine Bright and Angelic Pretty which also operate in the area. BPN-SF had previously noted on their blog the possibility of closing this summer, so it appears they saw this coming. Still very sad news for Japanese fashion lovers in California. However, all is not lost; store closing means sweet deals!
Update: I’d mistakenly wrote that the store was closing at the end of “this month” (July), but it actually closes in August. Sorry!
Pictured: an obsessive Anna Sui collector in her home.
Theme Magazine has posted an interview with Kyoichi Tsuzuki, a journalist and photographer (though he denies it) who gained a lot of exposure for his book Tokyo: A Certain Style, in which he documented the cramped apartments of Tokyoites. Some of this interview really resonates with me …
It’s about how fashion is consumed and appreciated, about the people who are buying these clothes. Recently I was at a fashion show for a good Japanese label named Dress Camp. All the media people had seats, and the younger people stood in the back and couldn’t see the show. But they are the customers! I got a seat, but I don’t buy those clothes.
I wanted to see how fans of fashion live. They are not rich. Actually, the people buying these clothes live in a small place, saving their money to buy the clothes, but they don’t have any beautiful place to go. That’s the truth. …
What fascinates me most is imbalance. You are taught that it’s nice to have a hobby, but also that you have to think about balance—30% of your income should be spent on your home, 15% on your hobby, 20% on your food, whatever—to have a harmonious lifestyle.
But some people lose their balance. They spend like, 80% on their hobby. I like that! That might sound stupid, but that’s energy. A harmonious life doesn’t have energy. So that sort of imbalance encourages me. These young people could move out to the suburbs and have better rooms; if they didn’t spend so much money on clubbing and mobile phones, they might be able to have a better lifestyle. But they don’t, that’s not their interest.
Although my living conditions are pretty decent, this could have been about me or people I know. I live in a modest apartment and spend the majority of my expendable income on clothing. I could have a nicer apartment or nice furniture, but I don’t really care about that; it’s clothes that I’m interested in!
How about you guys? Do you try to live a balanced life, or do you spend most of your money indulging in fashion?