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.
The Man Who Took Ivy: Remembering Hayashida Teruyoshi (No.5)
To his friends, Hayashida was always Shōkei, an alternate pronunciation of the Japanese characters in his first name. My first encounter with Shōkei was at a fashion shoot for Men’s Club magazine in the summer of 1961.
This was not long after I joined the company VAN Jacket, and I was at the shoot as an assistant to Kensuke Ishizu’s eldest son Shōsuke. (My first task: Get the clothes to the studio.)
I had been a devoted reader of Men’s Club since the first issue, so I was both excited and petrified to be behind the scenes at one of the magazine’s photo shoots.
Back then, the cameras all shot film, and they were much bigger than today’s models. Shōsuke and I arrived to find Shōkei sternly directing the staff as they adjusted the studio’s lighting. That guy looks scary, I thought...
(To be continued)