On the Global Fashion School Ranking 2015, Japan’s best fashion institute Bunka Fashion College was ranked at the second place. Thanks to the advance in the education in fashion in Japan, there are a lot of new powerful brands making themselves famous not only domestically but globally.
Following its influence, MR PORTER interviewed six the most promising designers.
Designer: Michihiro Nakazawa
Aloye was founded by an elusive trio of graphic designers in 2011 in Tokyo. The name is based on a Walloon term meaning ‘skylark’, encapsulating the light, airy feeling of the clothing.
Designer: Daisuke Kamide
TEÄTORA calls itself a “GEAR WEAR” brand; its clothing are made to be like equipment in order to enhance the performance of its users. Founded by Daisuke Kamide in Tokyo. Its aims are redesigning the concept of bottoms, researching the environments of modern creators and reimagining the relationship between the human body and the work chair.
Designer: Daisuke Yokoyama
Daisuke Yokoyama started Sasquatchfabrix. in 2003. Inspired by ‘90s skate and graffiti culture, it offers a fine balance of avant-garde design and traditional Japanese aesthetics. It is also renowned for its forward-thinking casual wear.
Creative Director: Kanako Takeishi
Taking in inspiration from traditional Japan’s apparel making skills and techniques, Kics Document creates traditional Japanese craftsmanship meets contemporary looks. The brand works closely with a specialist factory in Kumamoto to produce its smart, unique designs.
Designer: Nichiro Nakatsu
orSlow was created by Ichiro Nakatsu in Okayama in 2005. Its collections are inspired by the 80 to 90’s military wear and workwear but built on modern and classic fits. The manufacturing process starts from designing the threads for each garment in their atelier in Hyogo, Japan and each piece is highly detailed, simple and well-made in Japan.