INTERVIEW WITH YASUTO KAMOSHITA
by David Isle
If you follow the #menswear scene even casually, you recognize this guy. But you may not know who he is. His interest and influence in menswear began long before the hashtag, before even the Internet. Kamoshita is a sartorial polyglot - as a young man he immersed himself in Ivy Style; as a buyer and now Creative Director of the famed Japanese store United Arrows, he has gained mastery over Italian style; and he remains an advocate of Japanese style, meticulousness, and respect of craftsmanship.
Camoshita, his own clothing brand and personal project, speaks this creole in tailored clothing with a playful lilt. Here is my conversation with him.
What would you describe as the Japanese aesthetic, and how would you say it influences your designs?
As I examine the designs created in Western culture, I try to update them, and same time add authentic taste as a Japanese person.
It reflects not only craftsmanship, but also colors, material, form and balance.