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Isetan Spring 2009 Catalog

May 1st, 2009 | Categories: Japan, Preppy, Style, Suiting | by Michael Williams

There is a great American Trad story in the Isetan spring 2009 catalog that I thought was worth highlighting here. The Isetan in Shinjuku is one of the most impressive stores in the world, a labyrinth of materialistic pursuits. In fact, the men’s shoe section nearly made me cry. These clothes below might not be identified or available for purchase to most of us, but I thought they are great from a styling / photography perspective. Enjoy.






Comments: 21

21 Comments to “Isetan Spring 2009 Catalog”

  1. EnzoAGC
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 4:42 PM

    So great things mixed in here but I’m a sucker for DBs and pink pants. Good to meet you last night by the way

  2. Matt Fox
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:19 PM

    Wow. I love all of it.

  3. componentsofenthusiasm
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:42 PM


  4. Rob Sawyer
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:52 PM

    These are great! Thanks for posting.

  5. Michael Williams
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 6:15 PM

    H — if you are wondering why your comment got deleted, see the comments policy on the About page.


  6. Siong Chin
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 6:41 PM

    I haven’t seen an Isetan catalogue for years now! The whole academia school-boy look works really well against the modernist setting.

    And I absolutely adore the pink trousers!

  7. Siong Chin
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 6:47 PM

    And I just noticed this, but he actually wearing two ties? Or is that just the back of the tie?

  8. akacocolopez
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 6:49 PM

    wherever this was shot is amazing

  9. Clifford
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 7:43 PM

    I don’t think that’s pink. It’s Nantucket red, is it not?

  10. Simon
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 8:06 PM

    The styling is so-so in my opinion, but as some people have already pointed out the setting (esp on the first two pics) is amazing.

    BTW, shouldn’t the brand Left Field be added to “The American List”?


  11. Kazuo
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 8:36 PM

    Beautiful !

    2nd photo: Suit & Shirt by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers

    3rd photo: Jacket & Pants by Franco Prinzivalli

    I saw the names in the bottom……

  12. Heavy Tweed Jacket
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 9:39 PM

    Re: location. The location is Jiyu Gakuen, a private Christian school in Tokyo. This particular building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1921. It was designated an Important Cultural Property by the government of Japan in 1997.

  13. ole dirty marmot
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 10:58 PM

    I’m a sucker for seer!Sucker…

  14. Wintersmith
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 4:32 AM

    I think I have to get those pants for my guy. Not sure if I want to brave the crowds during Golden Week, but the color alone is worth it…

  15. Michael Williams
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 11:25 AM

    Kazuo, thank you for translating.

    HTJ, thanks for identifying the location of the shoot. Also, thanks for taking me for my first trip to said Isetan men’s shoe department. I hope to come back soon.


  16. Ken
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 11:03 PM

    Thank you very much for posting!
    Please let me know when you come to our store!


  17. Michael Williams
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 11:35 PM

    Ken — hope you are adjusting to life outside of NY. I hope to be in Japan in the fall.


  18. Christopher
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 12:58 PM

    I love it. That is a great looking Black Fleece suit in the second shot. This Rolleiflex camera makes number 2 I’ve seen in a fashion shoot in as many weeks. Trend?

  19. wecouldgrowuptogether
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 9:14 PM

    dang! those japanese did it again! like again and again

  20. sekimachihato
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 4:17 AM

    oh you have hit a sore spot… i used to live at shinjuku’s isetan mens section and i’m missing it dearly!
    although pricy, they certainly stock some of the best menswear and accessories around.
    nice post.

  21. Robert
    on Sep 15th, 2009
    @ 9:19 PM

    To tell the truth.. what broght me here was your first picture and te gentlmen holding a Rolleiflex Camera (lol… just love thoes cameras). however after looking at your page.. the fashion is not to bad as well. Keep up the postings!