Accessory & Deco for Men

28 Sep

Accessory & Deco for Men
6/MAR/2010 on air

Street snap at Harajuku. Today’s theme is accessory. Bear accessory has become the latest craze. Some people wear food, toy or even bubble soap as accessory. A man wears accessories as heavy as 1kg, which in total costs 2 million yen.

Handmade cafe where people can make something while having a coffee or tea is also very popular among women.

Verbal-san’s big jewelry was inspired by black artists. He refers to American comics when he designs his accessory.

Kenji-kun’s profession is a care worker, but look at how he dresses differently on weekends. He makes everything he wears. He and his girl friend have been often on KERA magazine as “dokumo“. The couple lives together in a small 6-mat room where accessories that Kenji-kun has made are laid out. He’s just started working, he doesn’t have enough money to buy his girl friend a luxurious jewelry at a moment. Instead he gives her handmade accessories he makes for her.

Lady Gaga was selected as the best accessory dresser in the U.S. Parts of her accessories are made by a Japanese designer Kajitani-san. She studied jewrly making in Paris and her unique jewerly design is highly supported by Hollywood celebs and Monacan royal families.

Johnny Rotten’s punk fashion style became a hit in Japan again in 2010. But materials are replaced by something different. Likewise, accessories that are made of new materials and combination of pearl, for example, are hot now.

3 high school boys make accessories from wig or even a computer keyboard.

Japanese jewerly industry has shrunk its sales by over 60% compared with the time we enjoyed bubble economy in 1980s.
How are they going to survive?
TASAKI erased a pearl mark from their logo that they have used for the past 56 years. Their imaged targeted customer has been women in their 50s so far, but they try to shift it to working women in their 30s and 40s. They used Thakoon Panichgul from New York on the design of new collections that are suitable for powerful women. They also used Yasuhiro Mihara on men’s jewerly with use of black pearl.

Serruria is a successful jewerly shop because they used fashion models, who are well known as jewerly collectors, to design their jewerly. They used Reiko Takagaki.

A mom and a daughter shop is doing well thanks to the daughter’s idea of using bear as a motif of accessory.

KAI-kun is a 18-year-old high school boy who is good at art and drawing. He also likes to make moldings and transform himself as a character that he imagined from his drawing. Earl of Pink for example has a totally different character from how KAI-kun is. His dream is to become a makeup artist, and he wants to create various kind of characters from accessory and makeup.

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Kirin’s opinion:
I think it’s natural that men enjoy wearing men’s jewelry. But it’s also very interesting to see boys who like making accessories like Kenji-kun or KAI-kun. In Japan men are becoming like women these days. It maybe even natural that boys are interested in deco and makeup too. ^ ^;
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6 Responses to “Accessory & Deco for Men”

  1. Loan Grenouille September 30, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    waa! harajuku! 😀

    I really really enjoyed this entry, i love all the differents styles, designs, and designers 😀

    i wish i could buy something so kawaii like that here in mexico uwu

    • kirin October 1, 2010 at 2:11 am #

      I'm happy a young man like you enjoyed this episode! 😀

  2. Lisa September 30, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Thank you as always for posting these episodes, really appreciate it! I particularly enjoyed this episode and have once again gotten the urge to do some crafts at home… I'm on a budget this coming month though, yet I've started crocheting some small accessories – thanks to my local 100 Yen shop! ^^ I thought Kai-kun was soooo cute! And… I have a feeling he could teach me a thing or two about make up… ^^;

    • kirin October 1, 2010 at 2:13 am #

      Good for you! You started something about handmade! 🙂 Yeah, Kai-kun seems to know how to makeup so well…maybe more than women. lol

  3. Surrogate Mother : October 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    mens jewelries are usually bulkier than jewleries that are designed for women:;`

  4. Cherry October 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    This Was Very Interesting Thank You For Posting 🙂

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