Satoru Tanaka is a Japanese fashion designer and establisher of the brand, S.T.A.F. His work has been shown in multiple worldwide collections and has earned him much acclaim. He has worked extensively in recent years in developing a brand in his own name, now operating three separate labels under the Satoru Tanaka name.
Satoru Tanaka first broke through in the fashion design industry in 1997 with the launch of STAF. He later branched out further with his own collection Satoru Tanaka in 2002. He debuted his collection in the 2003 Autumn/Winter Tokyo Collection and moved his store to its permanent location in Aoyama, renaming it Satoru Tanaka Aoyama.
In 2005, he was named the creative director of WorldOs Boycott and made his first presentation in the Tokyo Collection with them in the 2005 Autumn/Winter Collection. Boycott did not replace his position and role with Satoru Tanaka, only spreading his influence into additional venues.
In March of 2007, Satoru Tanaka took the helm of a new project with his namesake company and started Politely Satoru Tanaka, a line of slightly more formal menswear that focused on monochromatic designs in silver and white.
Satoru Tanaka’s designs are categorized by their use of single or dual color schemes, often combinations of complimenting colors in low cut, single button men’s jackets and shirts. Combining a slim pant leg style with traditional slacks and maneuvering the placement of buttons and openings on both shirts and jackets, Tanaka manipulates a classic, mature European look to fit the casual nature of modern menswear.
His work between different brands varies slightly, including the colors used in patterns, fabric utilized for the clothing and the presentation both in the garments and in his shows. Recent work, especially that included in Politely Satoru Tanaka has been more subdued, with larger, wider covering jackets and thicker materials.