W. David Marx is a long-time writer on culture based in Tokyo and the author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style (Basic Books, 2015).
Marx was an editor of the American edition of Tokion as well as a Literature Editor for the Harvard Lampoon. He was one of the very first writers for street culture site Superfuture as well as for fashion industry site The Business of Fashion. Marx's writing on music, fashion, and culture has appeared in The New Yorker (dot com), The New Republic, VOX, Lapham's Quarterly, GQ, Nylon, and The Fader. He also contributed Japanese language articles to Popeye, Brutus, Weekly Diamond, and Cyzo. In 2019, he wrote the catalog essay for a Sotheby's auction of Japanese fashion mogul NIGO's art collection, where a KAWS painting went for $14.7 million.
Marx is Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Néojaponisme — an occasionally-publishing arts and criticism web-journal, founded in 2007 with designer/writer Ian Lynam.
Marx holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College. His senior thesis on the Japanese fashion brand A Bathing Ape received the Noma-Reischauer Prize. He also holds a M.A. in Marketing and Consumer Behavior from Keio University. His Master's research was later anthologized in the academic work, Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Recent Press and Appearances
Ametora received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, as well as coverage in Vogue, People, Entertainment Weekly, Monocle, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Quartz, A Continuous Lean, and The Globe and Mail. The Japanese edition of Ametora received positive reviews in Nikkei Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo Shimbun, and WWD. In conjunction with the book, Marx has worked with major global brands such as Hermès, New Balance, UNIQLO, Grand Seiko, Sapporo Beer, and Takeo Kikuchi.
The New Yorker wrote up Marx's involvement in an international news cycle around Kanye West and croissants.
In January 2005, Marx released his debut mini-album Kyoshu Nostalgia under the name Marxy on New York's short-lived Beekeeper Records, founded by Nick Sylvester (later of Mr. Dream, Godmode Music) and Matt LeMay (later of Get Him, Eat Him). The album's single "Neoplasticism vs. De Stijl" was included on the compilation CD accompanying the final 2005 issue of Japanese indie music magazine Beikoku Ongaku. Marxy followed with six-song ep Beaus in Disarray and album Forty Years From Now (music related, 2008). In 2018, he released the single "Plebiscite."