Junya Watanabe Menswear Lines

Early days Junya Watanabe was born in Fukushima, Japan, in 1961. He graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo in 1984. Comme des Garçons offered Watanabe an apprenticeship working as a patternmaker. Following a rapid ascent, Rei Kawakubo’s precocious protégé took over as chief designer for Comme des Garçons Homme in 1987. He was...

Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme 2019 S/S Collection

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Paris fashion week was awash with the type of loose cuts Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) made famous in the 1980s. Consequently, the fashion world looked to the originator of the style. Classic Yohji Yohji Yamamoto’s Pour Homme 2019 Spring/Summer collection Paris show began with some classic asymmetrical pieces. Black gabardine...

Issey Miyake Men Stores Worldwide

As we were in London last week, it would have been remiss not to visit the Issey Miayke store there. The London Issey Miyake flagship store is located in Mayfair, in a 1950s building that used to house a bank. The renovation was led by Tokujin Yoshioka, who was also responsible for the Issey...

Sizing, Cuts and How We Measure

Different Dimensions Japanese people are on average a little bit smaller than your typical Westerner. Although this is an often-exaggerated cultural stereotype, there is some truth in it. Try finding a pair of size 12 shoes in Japan! Therefore, as you might expect, clothing made for the Japanese domestic market tends to reflect this....

Comme des Garçons Menswear Lines

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most influential designers of her generation. Never one to court the limelight, she allows her clothes to do the talking. Her designs question our conception of gender and beauty. They tread the fine line between fashion and art. Kawakubo founded Comme des Garçons in 1969. Following her debut...

Issey Miyake Menswear Lines

Issey Miyake has been at the cutting edge of clothing design – or, “making things”, as he prefers to call it – for over 50 years. As a result, his innovative designs are always future-looking. Above all though, there lies beneath a foundation of traditional techniques (both Eastern and Western), along with a deep...

Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Lines

sYohji Yamamoto is the fashion world’s Batman… Both are renowned for their billowing blacks, and they share a disregard for the well-trodden path. Instead the choose to define their own way, and of course, they both personify effortless cool. It’s no wonder then that over the years, just like his comic book counterpart, Yohji...