Friday, February 24, 2012

Style Profile…. Mr. Kurino

You’ve built one of the most influential retail empires out there, where did you begin?


My first job was at Suzuya, I began on the floor then worked as a buyer.  It was one of the most successful Japanese retail chains during the 70s.  This all led to my current position as co-owner of United Arrows.


Has this influenced the way you experiment with clothing?


I always play when getting dressed, which really depends on my inspiration; one day I may be an 80’s musician in London, another day I’m a preppy Italian guy. When I followed the glam rock style I wore a bleached out denim jacket with fake snakeskin on the sleeve.



Have you worn anything surprisingly bold lately?


I’ve recently started wearing Doc Martens boots.


What do you find yourself collecting?


I have more than 5000 analog LPs. It all stemmed from the Beatles, who I thought were not only amazing musicians, but also great fashion icons.


How has your approach to getting dressed evolved over the past 10 years? 


I’ve become a bit more simple and classic, but with a little more of a twist; I admire the style of Fred Astaire and the movie Modesty Blaise.


Do you have a signature drink?


Sometimes I drink Single Malt Whisky, which I make myself.

Have you received any special heirlooms?


I wear a grey Cashmere Muffler that I cherish because it was given to me by my father.


Which shops do you visit when you’re in New York?


I always go to Odin and McNally Jackson Book Store.

Daily necessity?


Newspapers. I read three papers a day.


What do you wear when traveling?


Comfortable and well made clothing from brands like District and Engineered Garments.  I used to travel around with Dasco shoe trees, but I haven’t been taking them around recently.

Most underrated item in menswear?


The Alden Cordovan Plain Toe # 990,I can’t help buying shoes. Shirts and Shoes are very important for me.


Best sartorial rule to break?


Mixing seasonal fabrics, such as a linen jacket with a shetland pullover.


At a party in the islands one time, I advised an editor friend to wrap a sarong beneath his dinner jacket as his bottoms.


Best sartorial rule to follow?


Always be clean.


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  1. Natasha Fatah

    February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve seen this gentleman so often on your blog, and he always looks so great. Love that he’s so fearless with colour!


  2. [email protected]

    February 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I really like this man’s style. I’d love to see more men dressing like this.

  3. Marcel Da Chump

    February 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I admire his album collection…and his painterly skill in coordinating colors.

  4. Tinacious.Me

    February 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    what a stylish man! love how he said he has yet to be caught in his pajamas!
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  5. Boxer's Adventures

    February 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Yes, Mr. Kurino. What a great segment.
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  6. Natalie

    February 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Interesting post & great questions…

    Visit the shiny brand new blog & follow me to be the first to fond out when I publish my next post- a new look…

  7. irene

    February 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  8. couturecoco

    February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Fantastic interview and he looks wonderful in every shot. I especially like the last photo where you’ve captured the line of his body in the suit – this is such an attractive feature on any male!!!

  9. BreezeStyling

    February 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Love this guy. I hope my husband looks like him when he gets older.

  10. marliyn

    February 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    love the jacket, its awesome !!!

  11. monkeyshines

    February 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  12. Stephanie

    February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    He really has STYLE… that’s not common…and elegance is something you “wear” inside.


  13. Vale

    February 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love Mr. Kamoshita and Mr. Kurino’ style…
    they are real experts ..
    their style and their class it’s …

  14. Charlotte K

    February 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Perfection. Makes my heart skip a beat. Pure perfection.

  15. Simon

    February 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Great interview and especially great advice for my son who is just starting in the Japanese fashion industry at essentially the same level Mr. Kurino did as a young man.

  16. Jane Alisa

    February 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Great interview and really enjoy his take on clothes and style.


  17. Juergen Mügen

    February 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    What a cool Executive. He’s like a modern-day Gianni Agnelli

  18. Daved

    February 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    He is one of my very favorite dressers. I love that you’re featuring him here, please try to work him into your regular posts more often!

  19. Inés

    February 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I wait your Style Profile post…Mr. Kurino…he has IT…!
    Have the best weekend!

  20. Jenny Kozlow

    February 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I adore a strong an inventive colour palette especially with a backdrop of grey and distinguished hair on a young face.

    http://[email protected]

  21. Style Dilettante

    February 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Fascinating. I never tire of hearing about how stylish people approach getting dressed.

  22. une chatte grise

    February 25, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Love the look in the first photo–the excellent overcoat, the classic russet jacket, the perfectly-breaking jeans, and the old-school backpack (as opposed to a tiresome “it” bag) all work beautifully and unpretentiously together!

  23. Ana

    February 25, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Hey Scott, one idea: why don’t you make a small intro to the profile you are interviewing? It would be interesting to those of us who are not so into the fashion world! Thanks!

  24. Johnny

    February 25, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Really interesting, but somebody should tell him to change haircut!

  25. bonnie, clyde and marni

    February 25, 2012 at 3:58 am

  26. Carole (NY etc.)

    February 25, 2012 at 4:05 am

    He is one of the most elegant.

  27. maria

    February 25, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Apart from the beautiful clothing, Mr. Kuriono has that signature hairstyle happening. It’s a classic look that I love on a man.

  28. macfer

    February 25, 2012 at 5:35 am

  29. alexa

    February 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I love these profiles! Keep up the international ones & the non-european ones.

  30. Nastya Said

    February 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    this is perfect, every look is so carefully chosen

  31. ilegirl

    February 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I love this man’s style! Inspiring to me – to mix patterns and weights creatively.

  32. umanbn

    February 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    He’s a little different from your regular satorialist. I like his combination of vintage and new, and his use of colour…

  33. myk

    February 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    that other japanese fellow who shows up on your blog, the dapper older gentleman with his own label (i’m sorry i forgot his name) but i remember one photo you took of him he was smoking and had a double breasted suit on- he is the bomb for an older gentleman. this guy is okay…

  34. FashionUm

    February 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Always wanted to know this guys name. Good article, really nice to read.
    Show Your Outfit !

  35. Courtney

    February 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love this post! Such an amazing and effortlessly stylish man.

  36. Gerry Newman

    February 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Mr. Kurino was one of the jewels from your lunch video. Thank you for a little more on his style .

    I really love your blog.



  37. Mr Kane

    February 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    interesting post….
    What a great segment…

    What a great segment

  38. Sylvie

    February 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I look forward to interviews with everyone I saw in your great video! I love that through the video I’ve been introduced to these people but really want to know a bit more about them. ..and then you deliver just that. Just excellent.

  39. claudio

    February 26, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Great interview, classic looking gent with a twist! Very nice.

  40. Miguel Ramalhao

    February 26, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Loved this interview.
    He is such a cool Guy.
    I really love the japanese style, they take the best of every trend and style and mix it up with an amazing aesthetic!

  41. localceleb

    February 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Very simple sophisticated style!
    Love it!

  42. Grey Fox

    February 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    A stylish gentleman – but how on Earth does he manage to make his own malt whisky?

    Grey Fox – a man searching for style in middle age

  43. tulip

    February 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    “Always be clean.” It’s funny that he said that – from the very first pic I observed how healthy and well-groomed he looked, and how anything he wore would look better on him as a result.

  44. foofoo

    February 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    That’s my dad’s cousin!!

  45. jacqueline

    February 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    total babe.

  46. koolphoto

    February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  47. Zoe

    February 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I LOVE the colours.. all very seasonal with a crisp block.. the glasses, shirts, scarves, tailoring and impeccable cuts.. very, very, well done.

  48. Alienist

    February 28, 2012 at 5:43 am

    That’s how I like it, no boundaries and no rules fashion as an expression of yourself, feelings and personality. What an interesting character :)

  49. antique engagement rings

    March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love the scarf.. and yes no boundaries is my rule!

  50. Pozycjonowanie Wrocław

    March 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

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  51. koreanJYP

    March 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Humanism feeling good ! Classic

  52. I am Fouad

    June 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    He set the trend, spot on…

  53. Felipe Díaz-Simons

    October 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I’m an absolut fan of this gentleman.

  54. stylewaffle

    November 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Mr Kurino looks interesting, his style is very easy to like. I am so pleased to have been directed to United Arrows….. a treasure trove of beautiful things that I knew nothing of… until now!…. Thank you.

  55. Mia

    January 28, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Great interview and interesting person.

  56. rita

    September 23, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Nice article. He has his own style!

  57. amin

    October 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I love these profiles! Keep up the international ones & the non-european ones.

  58. Honda oto Phuoc Thanh

    September 20, 2017 at 5:29 am

    i thinkks so, When I followed the glam rock style I wore a bleached out denim jacket with fake snakeskin on the sleeve.

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