Despite my complete lack of interest in men’s fashion, I haven’t gone completely unaware of the recent rise in the Mad Men look, the well groomed and masculine fashion style of working men particularly in the 1950s.
However, I’ve noticed that dapper men outside the States have been completely neglected. Obviously, the Europeans had the “Mad Men” look, just like Americans. Less obvious perhaps is that Japan is also among the Western nations who looked awesome in sharp suits and slick haircuts.
For folks who aren’t familiar with Japanese history, Japan joined the league of Western nations in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The dramatic change from the 250 years of feudalism and isolationism to world power was achieved through massive efforts by Japanese leaders to adopt Western technology and government. Factories, railroads, democracy, and capitalism weren’t the only customs that Japan adopted. Even Western clothing and grooming became widespread.
Take a look at some fantastic pictures that 2chan, our favorite source of Japan news and trends, has round up of Japanese Mad Men. The thread is titled “Check out my collection of studs in modern Japan.” Hover your mouse over the image to see the subject’s name.
For more pictures, check out the whole 2chan thread.