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

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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.

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