Issey Miyake Men Autumn Winter 2018 – In the whirlwind of urban life

Issey Miyake Men Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is here. It’s fair to say that we at Nippon Couture are loving it. Debuted in Paris in January 2018, the season’s theme is “In the whirlwind of urban life”. It takes inspiration from the “richness of urban life sensations”. Unconventional combinations are mixed with layers of colour and fabric. The look is, as we’ve come to expect from recent Issey Miyake collections, fairly youthful, but there’s definitely some refinement there too. There’s an elegance created by the careful use of super technical fabrics and masterful colour matching. Blacks and greys are contrasted beautifully by blues, reds, yellows and greens, creating a “symphony of … Read moreIssey Miyake Men Autumn Winter 2018 – In the whirlwind of urban life

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 Miyake Reality Lab. boutique in Tokyo. 10 Brook Street still retains a lot of the original features, exposed beams, walls, etc, contrasted with blue dyed aluminium features, creating a space “where history meets the future”. On display are a full range of Issey Miayke brands, including our favorite, Issey Miyake Men, which is situated downstairs. I … Read moreIssey Miyake Men Stores Worldwide

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. The difference in average body shape between nations can be seen in this interesting graphic below. On the other hand, much Japanese high-end designer clothing is made with an eye towards the Western market. Furthermore, just to complicate matters, many of the top Japanese designers are renowned for experimentation with innovative cuts and over-sizing. All … Read moreSizing, Cuts and How We Measure

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, and tread the fine line between fashion and art. Kawakubo founded Comme des Garçons in 1969. Following her debut show in Tokyo 1975, she opened the first Comme des Garçons shop in Tokyo’s famous Aoyama fashion district. When she made her Paris debut in 1981, Kawakubo was accompanied by her then boyfriend Yohji Yamamoto, also there to present his first Paris collection. Their designs were the antithesis of the fashion of the day: monochromatic palates, … Read moreComme des Garçons Menswear Lines

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. Miyake’s innovative designs are always future-looking, but beneath lies a foundation of traditional techniques (both Eastern and Western), along with a deep respect for the materials at use. Having studied haute couture in Paris in the 1960s, under the likes of Guy Laroche and Givenchy, Miyake returned to Japan in 1970 and founded Miyake Design Studio Inc. He presented his first collection in New York 1971, going on to debut his women’s main line (ISSEY MIYAKE) in Paris in 1973. He proceeded to launch … Read moreIssey Miyake Menswear Lines

Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Lines

Yohji Yamamoto is the fashion world’s Batman… Both are renowned for their billowing blacks, they share a disregard for the well-trodden path, instead choosing 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 Yamamoto has attracted his own band of dedicated fans across the globe. In 1972 Yohji’s started Y’s, his first women’s ready to wear line. Many of the original Y’s pieces were fairly androgynous in design and you would be forgiven for mistaking some for menswear. This can make the business of buying vintage Yohji a little confusing at … Read moreYohji Yamamoto Menswear Lines