—01. Photography by Ryan Willms.
The influential Japanese magazine, Popeye, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016. There aren’t many fashion titles that make it to this landmark, and fewer still that remain relevant to contemporary culture. Over the last decade this wasn’t always the case, but with the addition of current Editor-in-Chief, Takahiro Kinoshita, in 2012, Popeye received a refocus, a redesign and, as a result, a significant renewal. Having previously worked as an editor for Brutus, he brought a wealth of knowledge and a strong vision for the publication’s rebirth when taking over the reins. This eventually lead to Popeye’s reemergence as one of the preeminent men’s fashion monthlies from Japan. We had the opportunity to ask Kinoshita about his relationship with the magazine, as well as delving into what interests him most about the current fashion landscape.