From Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, to Yohji Yamamoto, and Nigo—it’s no question that Japan is the most fashion forward country in the world.
Whether it’s the ability to hone in on niche audience obsessions or the rich cultural clash of traditional, iconic history with a futuristic, tech heavy lifestyle, Japan is the most boundary-pushing nation creatively. Beyond their unrivalled love for street wear, one of Japan’s biggest strengths in the fashion world is the big names’ willingness to search for, and collaborate with smaller local designers.
If you’re not based in Tokyo though, it can be tricky to really uncover what’s happening in this constantly evolving city, so here are five fashion collectives, and labels we think you should be watching this year.
- By: Lucy Dayman