“Taiwan itself has a huge influence from Japanese culture, Chinese culture and now, more and more so, Korean culture,” Mr. Xu said of the month he spent in Taipei. “So it is present in the culture, in entertainment and in its fashion.”
Most of his work focuses on daily life for Asians or Asian-Americans, but on this trip he focused on style.
“I was especially impressed by the men’s wear in Taipei,” he said. “The men dressed in a way that made them stand out more with their colors, with their patterns, with the shoes and the way that they held themselves.”
A man who gave his name as Hans Wang wore a cowboy outfit. “It was something I was not expecting in Taiwan,” Mr. Xu said.
Berets were everywhere. Mr. Xu photographed this woman in the Dong Qu District.
These are men waiting for a Yeezy shoe raffle. Mr. Xu found the line more pleasant than those he has encountered at similar drops in New York. “These folks were all lined up, but in a very cordial manner,” he said.
The photographer encountered these women in Ximending, in the Wanhua District.
More street style in Ximending.
This man caught Mr. Xu’s eye in the Zhongshan District.
The photographer was drawn to Rozie Liu as he was walking through the night market in Ximending. “She captured something that I saw in my childhood from 1990s Hong Kong films,” Mr. Xu said. “It felt like I was looking at Faye Wong.”
Comfort and style come together in the Zhongshan District.
Fatty Zhuang, left, in the Ximending shopping district. Mr. Xu was drawn to him partly because of his embroidered jacket.
“When I approached him I said, ‘Hey, are you dressed like Marlon Brando?’” Mr. Xu said. “He was like, ‘How did you know?’ I said, ‘Because you look like him,’ and he said, ‘Well, my job is done.’”
A Taipei street scene.
Mr. Xu was drawn to this woman’s sneakers. “The Asics look really classic, and also she has this beautiful head scarf,” he said.