J U M P T HE G U N : T HE J A P A N E S E L O V E O F M O D
Brighton-based 60s menswear shop Jump the Gun went intercontinentalin 2014, whenit opened a branch in Nara, a town 20 miles east of Osaka.It is owned by Jonathan LeRoy, and his brother Adam, who live in the UK, and Nami Matsui, Jonathan’s wife, who also owns the Brighton Tea Shop, a business above the shop. Jump the Gun, Nara, though, is managed by a charismatic Japanese Mod who goes by the name of Tommy Les Cappuccino.It took three months to prepare the shop, before business could begin, he says. At the start, a container was shipped from the UK, complete with a British front door, the shop’s counter, a scooter, and other items. Today,it is an oasis of British Mod clothing and memorabilia in Japan–a tastefully appointed clothing emporium, with a luxurious feel. Tommy, who plays guitar in his Mod/jazz band Les Cappuccino says:“Mod culture is about music and fashion coming together.Mod is a very British idea, and the Japanese love British culture.” A Japanese Les Cappuccino fan gave him a kimono, with the Mod roundel onits collar (pictured above centre). The garment sums it all up: a Japanese kimono tastefully enriched by that tokenMod motif.