After flipping through just a few pages of magazines such as Leon, Men's Ex and especially the long-defunct Last, one gets the sense that the Japanese publishing markets' attempts to indulge their domestic dandies' sartorial extravagances are truly without equal.
Now, one could certainly argue that, while the photography is unparalleled, there will always exist a lack of sufficient content or substance in any Japanese-language magazine being read by any English-speaking "reader." This is certainly a valid claim, although shoe connoisseurs the world over would no doubt state unequivocally that he or she would rather ogle an issue of Last over any "style" magazine published expressly for the American market.
I particularly enjoy the segments on style icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood. However, it must be said that while Gable and Flynn certainly deserve their due, we wait with bated breath for the spotlight to be focused squarely on that lost style icon of the silver screen and original Broadway dandy, George Raft. In the meantime, enjoy The Rake.
(Note to Mr. Koh - the Uptown Dandy is tirelessly working on a post that will explore the significant style contributions of Mr. Raft, both during his time in New York as a denizen of the Great White Way, and upon his arrival in Hollywood. We hope that you'll enjoy reading it as much as we've enjoyed reading The Rake :-)