Brand Consultant
Gianni Tozzi
Executive Creative Director of FutureBrand

Gianni Tozzi has been involved in brand building around the world over many years and has an impressive record of channeling the core values of various brands into just the right communication strategies.
"Parterre de Rois," the magazine he created and launched with Molly Molloy (former design director of MARNI), is an art publication without a single advertisement. He focuses on "the happiness of discovering 'what is true creativity?,' through interviews with global innovators.

Cristiano Berto
Owner-designer of 1ST PAT-RN / Merchandising Consultant

The original brand that Cristiano Berto established in 2011 takes its name from a military term which identifies the first prototype of a garment. He is committed to entirely Italian-made clothing, encompassing everything from the transformation of threads into fabrics to the factories where new technological developments take place, as he pursues clothing design and production that highlight regional characteristics.
And furthermore, his past experience as a design instructor providing consultations to textile manufacturers and other apparel manufacturers, etc., assists him in increasing the value of companies he collaborates with today.

MD&Marketing Consultant
Arjan van Well
Marketing Communication / Marketing / Branding

Arjan van Well lived in Japan for 4 years and 8 months as the marketing director for the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions. He is skilled at managing wide cultural differences, as well as being knowledgeable and well-connected. He is currently based in the Netherlands where he is working independently. He provides European marketing, sales, and project management services to companies such as KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD, MEETEE, T.E.M.P.O. mobiles, Another Country and Luca Nichetto Design Studio.

Takuro Ogasawara
Director of Senken Shimbun Editorial Department and Editorial Board Member of Senken Shimbun Co., Ltd.

Takuro Ogasawara was born in 1966. He joined the Senken Shimbun Editorial Office in 1992, and from 1995 was responsible for covering collections there. He has been reporting on fashion collections from around the world for over 20 years. He is the only Japanese journalist who covers the world's major men's and women's collections.

Hirofumi Kurino
Senior Advisor of UNITED ARROWS LTD. / Creative direction

Born in 1953 in NY and grew up in Japan since when he became 1 year old. After graduation of University, he experienced various works in fashion retail industry such as salesperson, buyer and branding director. In 1989, he took part in establishing UNITED ARROWS LTD where he held prominent positions such as creative director and CCO, Chief Creative Officer. Currently, he is Senior Advisor of UNITED ARROWS, in charge of creative direction. He received the title of Honorary Fellow in 2004 from Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, United Kingdom. He is actively holding various positions outside of UNITED ARROWS, a judge of LVMH Prize, a music DJ, the chairman of the executive committee of Tweed run TOKYO (since 2011). In 2020, he held a position of mentor for alumni of master degree of POLIMODA International Institute Fashion Design and Marketing in Firenze, Italy.

Hisao Saito
Representative Director and President of TUBE

Hisao Saito was born in 1945. After withdrawing early from the Nihon University College of Economics, he went to the United States. In 1966 he graduated from Men's Fashion Gakuin. He established Duploman, a planning company, in 1972. In addition to securing contracts with men's departments at Teijin, Mitsumine and Onward Kashiyama, etc., he was also engaged in sales and wholesales of imported brands such as Edward Green and Mulberry. He started his own brand, TUBE, in 1979. At the same time, he was contracted as an advisor for BEAMS and established International Gallery BEAMS. In 1983, he started the KENGUN brand and began working with stores overseas such as Barneys New York, Browns (London) and Neiman Marcus (Chicago). He was contracted as director with Men's Bigi in 1993. He has been active as an advisor to a major specialty shop since 2008.

Mineaki Saito
President of Scenery International / Former Vice President of Hermès International

He came to Paris in 1971 and studied at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (Faculty of Arts). He joined Mitsukoshi Ltd and became General Manager of its Representative Office in Paris exporting and promoting French consumer goods to Japan over 17 years. In 1992, he joined the Hermès Group as General Manager of Sales for the Japanese subsidiary and was appointed President of Hermès Japon Co., Ltd. in 1998. He coordinated the opening of the « Maison Hermès » in Ginza Tokyo in 2001 and managed the largest subsidiary of the group worldwide for 10 years. In 2008, he joined the executive committee of the head office in Paris as Executive Vice President. In 2015, he left the Hermès Group and created Scenery International, a business consulting company, specialized in brand strategy and in the promotion of Japanese traditional craftsmanship by modernising its design for contemporary lifestyles.
In addition, he is advisor of Lumine Co.,Ltd., external board member of Lenôtre S.A., board member of Edo Tokyo Kirari project of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. He was appointed Knight in the National Order of Merit in France.

Kunitake Saso
CEO / Founder / Chief Strategic Designer of BIOTOPE co., ltd.

Kunitake Saso graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo. He received a Master's Degree (Master of Design Methods) from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design. After marketing hit products at P&G such as Febreze and Lenor, he worked as a brand manager at Gillette. He worked at Human Value, and launched a new business creation program (Sony Seed Acceleration Program) at the Sony Creative Center, etc., before going independent. He is skilled in B2C consumer product brand design, high-tech R&D concept design and service design projects. He is the author of, "Reasons We Need Thoughts on Design in 21st Century Business." He is a visiting professor at the Creative Learning Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design, and an associate professor at the Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation Shizenkan University.

Masami Takahashi
Art Director / Creative Director
President of MASAMI DESIGN Co., Ltd. / Affiliate Professor of University of ICT Technology

Born in 1974 in Sumida, Tokyo. Graduated from Kuwasawa Design School. In 1997, she established MASAMI DESIGN, her own company doing various design works, from concept-making for business enterprises, government and universities to design works of space and graphic.
She launched various projects and created a lot of "new words" and "new concepts" that have been general terms and concepts in Japan. (e.g. Brand Story, Area Brand, Chronogical Table in the future, Social Design etc.) The words and concepts created by her have been generating substantial impacts on consciousness and activities of many people.
She wrote "Let's go to the factories!!", a book presenting the methods to revitalize the domestic industries. She received a lots of awards both domestically and internationally.

Dai Takeuchi
CEO of river co., ltd.

Dai Takeuchi was born in Ehime Prefecture in 1966. He began his career as an editor directly after graduating from Chiba University. He has worked as deputy editor-in-chief at FINEBOYS, editor-in-chief at D-file, deputy editor-in-chief at Esquire Japan, deputy editor-in-chief at OCEANS, assistant editor-in-chief at GQ JAPAN and deputy editor-in-chief at WIRED. He established his own company, river co., ltd. in 2013. He served as creative director at Forbes JAPAN relaunched in 2014. Currently, he is putting his over a quarter century of experience to use by consulting on corporate branding and communication strategy, etc., as well as working with print and digital publications at a variety of companies ranging from fashion brands to corporations listed on the first section of the stock exchange and IT ventures.

Mr. Takeuchi passed away in April 2019. Please extend our deepest sympathy to his family and all of people who loves him so dearly.

Masamichi Toyama
President of Smiles Co., Ltd.

Masamichi Toyama was born in Tokyo in 1962. After graduating from the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University, he joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1985. In 2000 he established Smiles Co., Ltd., and assumed the role of president. Currently, in addition to Soup Stock Tokyo, he has developed necktie-specialist "giraffe," secondhand shop "PASS THE BATON," family restaurant "100 Spoons," contemporary food & liquor "PAVILION" and seaweed specialist shop "HakeJoyu Noriben Yamanobori." He advocates a corporate philosophy of "expanding life value," and does not limit himself to existing concepts and industries, but instead proposes new ways of living today. His recently published works include "Deciding on Success" (Shincho Bunko), and "A Business Model for Doing What You Want—Trajectory of PASS THE BATON" (Koubundou).

Kazufumi Nagai
Art Director / Creative Director
Professor of Tama Art University

Kazufumi Nagai joined Hakuhodo after graduating from the Faculty of Art and Design at Tama University of Art. In 2003 he established branding-by-design company, HAKUHODO DESIGN, INC. He works in branding, VI design and project design for various companies, products and administrative initiatives and is also active in social fields such as medicine, healthcare and regional revitalization. From 2015, he worked as creative director for "Tokyo Brand" in Tokyo Metropolis, and from 2015 to 2017 he was chair of the Good Design Award.
He has received numerous awards both domestically and internationally, such as Creator of the Year, ADC Award Grand Prix and the Mainichi Design Award. He has written and co-written books including "Design Toward Happiness," "Solving Energy Problems with Design," "Management is Design," and "Hakuhodo Design Branding."

Yuta Namiki
Representative Director of Field Management Co., Ltd.

Yuta Namiki graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined McKinsey & Company in 2000 and went independent in 2009 when he established Field Management. He works in strategic consulting for major Japanese companies in electronics, aviation, internet, automobiles and entertainment, etc. In 2015 he was the only Japanese selected by his MBA alma mater, the Wharton School, for "Wharton 40 Under 40" which introduces attention-grabbing alumni under 40 years old. In the sports field he participates in professional baseball owners' meetings and works with key persons in league business of the Pacific League and numerous team business such as for the Fighters and Eagles. In soccer, he works in league business development as a J.League director. Until he assumed the position of J.League director, he put all his efforts into promoting team business as director of the Shonan Bellmare. And he also serves as director of the Japan Coaches Association, a body that governs the Japan Coaches Award; this award is bestowed to coaches who support the advancement of sports in Japan. He is committed to developing sports business in Japan whether professional or amateur. He has written books including, "100 Years of Consul" (Discover 21), and "Start from a Mission!" (Discover 21).

Tsutomu Hagihira
Chairperson of the Institute for the Fashion Industries

Joined Onward Kashiyama in 1974. Through the chief of chain store, he took the important positions at Onward Kashiyama Group, executive officer/chief of Family department in 2001, managing executive officer in 2009 and managing executive officer of Onward Holdings in 2011.
He assumed the post of the director of Institute for the Fashion Industries, "IFI", in March 2012 and was appointed to the chairperson of IFI in March 2014.

Hisayo Hidaka
Scye Designer of Masterpiece and Co.

Hisayo Hidaka was born in 1966. She graduated from the Creative Apparel Design of Bunka Fashion College and went independent after working as an apparel designer in numerous apparel companies. She started Scye in 2000 which presents men's and women's collections in an exhibition format.

Kayoko Hirao
President of HiRAO INC

After working at H.P. France Press, Kayoko Hirao established her own communication agency, HiRAO INC. She works in PR strategy for a wide range of fields such as fashion, art, beauty, product design and food, and is also involved in brand value improvement, creative control and revolutionary branding promotion plan development, etc. With experience, knowledge and a sharp perception of the trends of the next generation, she offers distinctively original plans.

Tamae Hirokawa
Creative Director of SOMA DESIGN
Fashion Designer

Tamae Hirokawa established SOMA DESIGN which is active in fashion, graphics, sound and visual design. At the same time, she launched the SOMARTA brand and participated in the Tokyo Collection. She received the 25th Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix's Newcomer Award and Shiseido Sponsorship Award. Other than her individual exhibition, "Tamae Hirokawa Body Genealogy," she has also worked on numerous collaborative pieces with corporations such as the Canon[NEOREAL] Exhibition, the TOYOTA [iQ x SOMARTA MICROCOSMOS] Exhibition, and YAMAHA MOTOR DESIGN [02Gen-Taurs]. Her 2017 SOMARTA signature piece, "Skin Series," is a much-talked-about artwork held at MoMA.

Masataka Hosoo
Managing Director of Hosoo Co., Ltd.
MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow

Masataka Hosoo was born into the Hosoo family's long-standing Nishijin weaving shop in 1978. The Hosoo family established their textile business during the Genroku period. Their contributions included Japanese clothing items made by living national treasures or using traditional techniques. After graduating from university, Masataka was working in music before joining a major jewelry manufacturer. After leaving that company, he studied abroad in Firenze, Italy and then joined Hosoo in 2008. He has developed textiles based on Nishijin weaving technology and materials for overseas. His clients include top fashion houses all over the world and his products are used in Dior and Chanel shops designed by architect Peter Marino. Furthermore, he is actively involved in collaborations with artists.
In 2012, he formed "GO ON," a project for young artists of his generation who will continue Kyoto's traditional crafts, and worked to spread these traditional arts across Japan and the world. He was selected as one of "Japan's 100 Top Leaders" by the 2014 Nikkei Business Magazine. In 2016, he became a Media Lab Director's Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he creates revolutionary textiles by blending Nishijin weaving with state-of-the-art technology.

Ko Matsubara
POPEYE Editor-in-chief / Head of the Digital Strategy Office of Magazine House Co., Ltd.

Ko Matsubara was born in Tokyo in 1967. He graduated from Waseda University in 1991 and joined Magazine House. He was active as an editor for men's fashion magazine, Popeye, where he was responsible for fashion, music and interior design, etc. From 2000 he participated in creating the monthly publication Casa BRUTUS. He was responsible for a wide range of special collections as an editor, such as "Case Study House," "Isamu Noguchi," "Going to Mexico with Tadao Ando: Journey of Luis Barragan," "India is Calling, "The Architects' Environmental Lessons," "What Did Apple Design?." He assumed the role of editor-in-chief of the editorial department in 2012, and from 2017 he also worked as head of the digital strategy office. In 2018 he assumed the role of editor-in-chief at Popeye.

Seiichi Mizuno
President of IMA Co., Ltd.

Graduated from Keio University. Through prominent positions, CEO of Seibu Department Store, corporate adviser for Netscape Communications, special invited professor of Keio University and member of the House of Councilors, he established IMA Co.,Ltd. in 1995.
While working for Seibu Department Store, he made various achievements such as establishing Town Identity of Shibuya in Tokyo, a source of youth culture, by making LOFT successful.
As the president of IMA, he is taking various tasks such as development of company restructuring program, funding for venture businesses and marketing consultant. He held positions for other companies such as outside board member of Franc franc and special corporate adviser for Mori Building.
Currently, he is playing role of chairman of Think the Earth, Japan inter-design Forum and The Sumida Local Brand Promoting Conference Board of Directors.

Kosei Mitsuishi
Historian / Historical Theorist
Representative Director of Goscobe. Inc

Kosei Mitsuishi was born in Tokyo. He is a researcher and auditor for the Onko Academic Society's Hanawa Hokiichi Archive. In 2017 he established Goscobe. Inc, the world's first corporate and social innovation consulting company to use historical analysis. He collaborates on various large-scale projects, corporate concept designs and idea creation, etc., where he brings a wealth of richly detailed and accurate historical insights and documents.

Kaname Murakami Editor-in-chief

Born on July 7th, 1977. After graduation of TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, he joined Shizuoka Newspaper as city news reporter. After resignation from Shizuoka Newspaper, he learned fashion journalism and fashion communication at Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T) in NY. Through working experience as fashion press in NY, he joined INFAS publications in Japan. In 2017, he was inaugurated as WWD Editor-in chief after holding various positions, WWD Beauty Desk, WWD Mobile Desk, Fashion News Editor-in Chief and WWD Japan Deputy Editor-in Chief.
He has keen appreciation to find out social trend based on his long-term experience of news gathering activities of international fashion collections. He is currently interested in "Making contexts of contents" and "Media-Design".

Keiichi Muramatsu
Representative Director of CLOWN Co., Ltd.
everlasting sprout Designer / and wool Director

Keiichi Muramatsu was born in 1981. He graduated from the Knitwear Design of Bunka Fashion College. After graduation, he studied abroad through a scholarship with luxury yarn manufacturers at the Lineapiu Group (Italy). From 2004, he began working as his own fashion brand, everlasting sprout. In 2008 he was chosen as a finalist for the Woolmark Prize where Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld were discovered. His use of distinctive colors and materials, patented advanced knit technology, and ways of expressing diverse threads and materials also attracted interest from overseas. In addition to perfecting his own craft, he is also involved in a wide range of artistic activities, including design-based and technological proposals for collection brands in Japan and overseas, as well as design proposals for apparel companies. From 2016, he started his AND WOOL project to share the appealing points of knits, and he now pursues new possibilities for knits by holding workshops all over Japan and nurturing upcoming knit professionals, etc.

Kanta Yoshimura
Representative Director of Project Chino Co., Ltd.

Born in Kyoto. After graduation of Kyoto Institute of Technology, through working experience for fabric manufacturer, he joined ISSEI MIYAKE INC as textile designer and brand manager.
In 1995, he established his own company, Project Chino Co., Ltd. Through various working experience, such as promotion of TENCEL®, recycled fabric, with Oomori corporation , designing fabric of MUJI, he is currently working as planning and design consultant for apparel brands and lifestyle brands.