• [My resume 1] “Ueda, Nagano, Japan”

[My resume 1] “Ueda, Nagano, Japan”


My name is Hiroshi Ozawa and I am a stylist. And from the first part of this blog, new titles will be added.

"Editorial store owner". That's right, I'm starting a store. Therefore, in this blog, I would like to tell you about the process of creating a shop in as much detail as possible.

By the way, do you read newspapers? That's also the Nikkei Shimbun. Most people probably think of it as a small, specialized paper that only writes about technical economics, but that's no different. This is really interesting. Although most people don't read newspapers in the first place, I believe that discussing world events from an economic perspective is a kind of correct answer.

So, the last page of the morning edition is the famous project ``My Resume''. This is a monthly project where we look back on one person's life, and this month Yohji Yamamoto, designer of Yohji Yamamoto, talks about his rough life. I'm sure there are no Houyinham readers who don't know Yoji, but there are probably many readers who don't know Ozawa, so I'll be introducing myself using the title ``My Resume'' for a while from the first time.

I was born in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. I will open an editorial store in my hometown of Ueda. So let's go back a long way and start with stories from local times. I've loved clothes since I was little, and I think I used to shop in a country-style way. My favorite magazines in middle school were ``Men's Club,'' followed by ``Popeye,'' which I read mostly while browsing. I was so happy when a letter I sent was published in the reader submission section. I received a reply in an envelope from the editorial department, and I was excited to see the content written in the unique Popeye style. When I became a high school student, I would come to Tokyo during summer and winter vacations and go to restaurants like ``Beams,'' ``Boathouse,'' ``Cruise,'' and ``Preppy.'' Now, everything except BEAMS is gone. It was a time when the ivy preppy style was booming and logo sweatshirts were selling like crazy. Looking back on those days now, BEAMS was the only company that quickly broke away from the logo craze and pursued more fashion. I guess that's why it continues for so long.

I decided that I really wanted to live in Tokyo. So I enrolled in a university in Tokyo and started living on my own. At that time, there was no professional stylist for ``Popeye,'' and the editors would collect things (there was no such thing as ``lease'') and style them for themselves and their friends. They would also rough-draw the layouts themselves and write the manuscripts. One person was responsible for all the writing and writing. By the way, I didn't learn about this system until I started working in the Popeye editorial department, but ever since I was a regular reader in my teens, I could feel the groove and the fun in the magazine.

Even though he came to Tokyo from the countryside and had no business or connections, he said he wanted to work at Popeye someday, and now he can become an M-1 champion even before he's even in NSC! I had dreams that were so far apart. However, when I was in my third year of university, at the age of 21, I ended up working as an assistant at Popeyes, but I will talk about that next time.