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Comments from the juriesFASHION PRIZE OF TOKYO 2019 審査員コメント
Nov. 8,2018

小木“Poggy” 基史
Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi


UNITED ARROWS & SONSディレクター
UNITED ARROWS & SONS DIRECTOR

General evaluation of the 2nd FPT screening board

I think it was a choice which falls short of people’s expectations in a good sense, as the next after the 1st award-winning designer, Ms. Maiko Kurogouchi of Mame Kurogouchi, but at the same time, a choice which people would consent to the flow.

Your reason for selecting the winner of the 2nd FPT Award

As one aspect which hinders Japanese designers to advance overseas, the fact that they achieve a certain level of sales domestically, so not many are motivated to go out into the world overcoming language barriers and communication difficulties, can be raised. This time’s winner is exactly such a brand, priding top domestic sales of all the entry brands, and yet, with an eye on their future, they are willing to challenge themselves to go out into the world. I was moved by their will and chose them.

Your impression of haven seen the activities of Ms. Maiko Kurogouchi, award-winning designer of the 1st FPT

I’ve heard that through winning this award, their overseas accounts have increased, and as a synergistic effect, their domestic sales have also increased. But above all, when I had a chance to speak to Ms. Kurogouchi at Paris, she said, because she is a designer and president of the brand, she is often forced to do work other than design, which at times, makes her forget her original dream of announcing her collection at Paris, but thanks to winning, she was able to realize her dream, and is very happy about it. Through my career as a buyer, I’ve mainly introduced overseas designers to the Japanese market, but I enjoy supporting the introduction of Japanese designers to overseas markets as a judge, and hearing Ms. Kurogouchi’s words made me renew my feeling that this is a worthwhile thing.