Originally Posted by add911_11
I think the affordability is an imprecise concept. However, do you think wearing 'nice' shoes is part of the Japanese culture? In the board perspective, do you think the Japanese public are likely to spend a larger proportion of their income/investment on clothes and shoes then other parts of Asia and Europe?
What do you think? Thanks for the insight, I am interested in high quality goods, but even more interested in the people buying these goods.
Yes, style-conscious men are willing to invest in nice shoes
, but they probably spend equally or more on clothes too.
Believe it or not, Japan is home to a whole lot of fine tailors too
(and quite a few having trained in major English or Italian houses)
While I dont think the Japanese are the largest consumers of luxury goods (China? USA?), there definitely is a sizeable population of men who do appreciate the finer things in life and who do try to cultivate good taste, and an industry (stores and publications) that provides to such needs and lifestyle. In terms of the sheer number of classic menswear stores and publications (books and magazines), I think Japan trumps anywhere else in the world.
Not exactly fashion, but having lived in Taiwan and visited HK and China, I can swear the Chinese are willing to invest more in fine watches and cars than the Japanese
)Edited by nutcracker - 8/15/13 at 7:06pm