Tokyo primary school announced $730 Armani uniforms; spur parents’ complaints


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  • Taimei Elementary’s redesigned school uniforms cost around 80,000 yen (over $730)
  • According to the board, the school principal told the board of its intention to change the design of the uniform last summer
  • The primary school caused an outrage among parents of their students

A primary school in Tokyo (Japan) reportedly caused an outrage among the parents of their students, after announcing plans to implement uniforms designed by luxury brand Giorgio Armani, according to a local media.

Taimei Elementary’s redesigned uniforms are no doubt sleek and stylish. However, when their costs were released last year, parents raised their eyebrows.

According to reports, the full uniform set, including a bag and a hat, could set parents back more than 80,000 yen (over $730).

Taimei Elementary School, operated by Chuo Ward, plans to introduce the new standard school wear, virtually treated as a uniform, from the next school year starting in April.

According to the board, the school principal told the board of its intention to change the design of the uniform last summer. The board instructed the school to decide the matter through sufficient talks with the PTA and local residents.

But five cases of complaints were raised from parents, who said there were no sufficient explanations. One said, “Why Armani?” according to the board.

The school has told the board, “From the intention to make a uniform as a ‘school of Ginza,’ we went around department stores and Armani accepted designing it as a result.”

According to the school website, Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward was established in 1878.

“I made the decision thinking of the school’s future. I will humbly accept criticisms that there was not enough explanation. I will make a careful explanation,” the principal said in a comment posted on the website.

This article has been viewed 59 times. Article originally posted: February 11, 2018, 5:38 pm (UTC-0). Last update: February 11, 2018 at 5:38 pm (UTC-0).

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