and it was bought from rakuten for peanuts, it's not a secret that rex is being capitalizing all the effort made by some people e.g. the code list that asobu and me created some time ago, scanning old magazines etc, back in the day rex wasn't selling that much yohji compared to nowadays and his prices were much cheaper, thanks to the code list he could add runway pictures and upgrade his business and yet he won't tell you the truth. He's bidding on everything on yahoo and rakuten and then reselling it to the same people he's leeching info from. Not really fond of this behaviour myself.
i really regret sometimes making a lot of info widely available, there was nothing 8 years ago. Nowadays, with from japan and this artificial hype I can see loads of people just buying because is suddenly cool or straight closet cos players, funny that asobu and me we have the smallest pockets around and we can't even afford to buy shit from auctions anymore just some badly represented items. I feel like 90% of the pieces are not even seeing the light in the streets...which is extremely sad. All this consumerism is making me sort of sick, before we were just hunting for information to learn more about his work, now is just buying and selling. And I'm part of that of course.
I recently had a sort of overdose on Y!J myself. Even though I didn't buy that many pieces I still felt kinda sick just seeing all the stuff available that I even thought vaguely about buying, lol (I am now officially on hiatus at the moment). I guess consumerism comes with the territory for fashion anyway, the key is to be able to take a step back and settle into enjoying what you have, giving away and/or selling stuff that you don't wear much any more (or were only good ideas at the time you got them!) and focusing on being productive. I find that long periods of consumption really make me feel uncomfortable and unproductive so I always counter them by focusing on producing something and if the itch to buy something shows up, divert it into buying something for someone else. Picked up a Yohji skirt for my mum 'cos of this sort of thing...not to mention shopping for the wife.
As for Rex, I agree with your sentiment. While it is understandable that he is running a business, he should be aware of the fact that he can spoil his own market by being too mercenary with his approach. Anyway, I guess he is just another part of the fashion machine. Pretty sure things will revert back to normal by the end of the year when people move on to the next big fringe/authentic thing leaving those that discovered the brand due to the hype and got properly enamoured with it to stay behind and enjoy it going forward while he can move on and target the consumers of the next hyped designer.
I hope this hype also translates into money in Yohji's coffers .
In partially related news, I went for a fashion installation for a Nigerian designer recently and met a lawyer there who used to buy Yohji in the late 80s and early 90s! Was so stoked as he was the first Nigerian guy I had met that bought Yohji (even if it was decades ago). Had a good chat about that and he lamented not being able to wear Yohji again because of his job. I plan to tempt him into getting back into the game on the weekends though