Garmology podcast: Status, culture and garms – With W David Marx (S05E08 #108)

This week author W David Marx visits us from Tokyo to talk about his books “Ametora” and “Status and Culture”. We enjoy a good conversation around topics mentioned in the books, such as the introduction of jeans in Japan, the rise of Ivy fashion and US vintage, Japanese subcultures and what they meant, how status works, old money vs new money aesthetics, who bestows status, and why it’s difficult to increase your own status.

You can find W David Marx online on the web at, Twitter and Instagram as @wdavidmarx

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Garmology theme music by Fabian Stordalen.

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