Tokyo Signs is a project run by members of Bento Graphics Inc., a Tokyo-based design and web development studio. They have released products inspired by the streets of Tokyo, and they are available here. “Our aim is to capture everything we encounter in the Japanese streetscape: roadmarks, signage, advertising, traffic signs, storefronts, sign boards, neon lights, street art and everything in-between”
Issey Miyake has released a series of accessories by collaborating with Tendo Mokko. Tendo Mokko is well known as a manufacturer of iconic furniture such as “Butterfly stool” by Sori Yanagi. Issey Miyake is promoting a collection with the theme “Rhythmatic Forest”, and the philosophy of Tendo Mokko has perfectly matched with the concept of Issey Miyake’s new collection. The accessories will be available at the following stores in Japan: Issey Miyake/Aoyama, Elltob Tep Issey Miyake/Ginza, Issey Miyake/Kobe.
Japanese manga artist Hirohiko Araki and Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini collaborated for Gucci’s 2013 window displays. It is titled “Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci”, and the design will be used for Gucci’s stores around the world until February 2013. *Images via Fashion Press
Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and they had an opening event in Ginza, Tokyo yesterday. “It is not just a bag, but a philosophy. I would like to send a message of peace and appreciation of life”, Kusama says. Louis Vuitton has released eighty items including coats and wallets with the collaboration of Kusama. Read more: http://www.louisvuittonkusama.com/
Japanese design school VANTAN joined Paris Fashion week two years ago, and this is their third show in Paris. They had their show last night based on the theme “Japanese Futurism/Yugen” under the creative supervision of artist Yasuhiro Sone. After the fashion show, they served “special snacks”created by food designer Koichi Izumi.
Yohji Yamamoto released a new collection in Tokyo for the first time in 19 years. The models for the release show were not professional models – they were Japanese celebrities such as actors, musicians, architects, writers, filmmakers, etc with different sizes in order to make the collection more personal and original. via: excite.co.jp
Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed a T-shirt for Uniqlo. He designed this T-shirt to promote T-shirt competition organized by Uniqlo. It is 690 yen (6.8 dollar) in Japan.
Comme des Garçons’ founder and head designer Rei Kawakubo will create this autumn’s guest designer collection at H&M. Rei Kawakubo, famous and admired for her creativity and artistry, will design a women’s and a men’s collection, with some pieces for children too. Accessories and an exclusive unisex fragrance will also be included in the collection. One of the reasons why H&M will work with Rei Kawakubo, one of the most well known Japanese fashion designers, is that H&M will open their first store in Tokyo this autumn. Actually, they will open two stores in Ginza and Harajuku. Kawakubo says, “I have always been interested in the balance between creation and … Continue reading
Japanese fashion brand CA4LA and BOSE are releasing new products called “Phon” and “BLACK”. The concept behind this project is to remove the boarders between fashion and functions. We often associate fashion and music but at the same time we often feel that it is not totally convenient or functional to listen to music while wearing hats. “Black” uses black color which is the brand color of BOSE, and uses a headpin which symbolizes a speaker and headphone. “Phon” is a cap that can store headphone code. They are available in two colors. via: excite/ism
Tokyo fashion week started on March 10th, and as a part of the fashion week, young Japanese fashion designers got together at Tokyo Midtown, the new cultural hub in Roppongi, and showed their works. Among the participants are: AGURI SAGIMORI、aptform、H’ANSEN hands to five sense、Hidenobu Yasui、MIKIO SAKABE、motonari ono、POESIE、writtenafterwards. These designers are up-and-coming fashion designers and they say that they are all aiming at going abroad in the near future. Here are some works from the designers. H’ANSEN hands to five sense Hidenobu Yasui Motonari Ono