Armani Uniforms for Tokyo Schoolchildren Meet Criticism


Tokyo, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)—The decision by a public elementary school in central Tokyo's upscale Ginza district to recommend items from high-end Italian brand Armani for de-facto student uniforms has provoked complaints from some parents.

Armani school uniform for boys proposed for Taimei Elementary School. (Courtesy Chūō Board of Education)

The Armani clothes proposed by Taimei Elementary School for use beginning with students enrolled in April will cost more than ¥80,000 per set, including optional items such as sweater and socks.

The clothes are not mandatory for students, but the recommendation as desirable school attire effectively designates them as uniforms.

According to the board of education in the Chūō municipality, where the school is located, school officials explained that they hope the new uniforms will create an atmosphere suitable for a school in Ginza.

But the decision has drawn protests from some parents. "I can't agree (with the decision)," one said.

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