I was speaking yesterday to a buyer from a UK store that stocks JW, CDG, Yohji, Margiela etc. She had just come back from the shows and the showrooms and was telling me that she has stopped buying Junya, and in fact didn't buy any of the winter collection either. She said that she couldn't think of any of her male customers who would actually be able to wear any of those short, small suits without their mates laughing at them. (I know this is not always a valid concern, but ultimately most guys don't want to feel completely stupid when they're wearing thier clothes - I know that I take it into account, althoug soetimes I wish I didn't.) She also indicated that one of the comme staff that she knows well hinted that she should "tell Junya" about her reasons for not buying. The implication was that comme knew that it wasn't really working. I know that HN in London also stopped doing Junya this summer and only did a few pairs of jeans last winter. Also CDG in London were finding it difficult to seel this summer's collection. I have to say I like some of the stuff from this summer, and have a couple of jackets (sorry, I know I've mentioned this before) but do share the doubts on the whole. In particular the summer 05 collection just seems daft to me. A pastiche hyper-styled collection of outdoor clothing in bright colours. It's too themed. The theme overtakes the integrity of the product I think. It also seems so far removed from the comme thing, and his own women's wear line. Anyway just though I'd share the chat/my thoughts!