The Man Himself
Yohji Yamamoto - Discord
This new luxury accessory brand ‘Discord’ by Yohji Yamamoto went on presale earlier this week in Tokyo. The brand itself was launched as a collaboration with Isetan Mitsukoshi but has evolved to be much more. The logo is composed of a series of imperfect lines or scratches which echoes the wabi-sabi of the items themselves.
This is Yohji’s first attempt at making bags in the 40 years he’s been a designer. He assembled a team of female designers to help him determine the right texture for the leather as well as the length of the handles and other minute details.
Yohji does an excellent job of explaining the collection though…
“There are so many cool things in Japan. Wabi-sabi (austere refinement and quiet simplicity), ma (intervals), the aesthetic of subtraction and beauty derived from disintegration and distortion are unique to Japan. We have artisans with top-level traditional skills who work for small businesses. If we create opportunities to introduce items created with such spirits to the market, young people might become interested in the creative process and follow the predecessors’ steps. It’s important for people like me, who have been involved in fashion for a long time, to encourage young talent and pass on traditions and skills. To achieve this, I want to emphasize Japanese beauty in my designs. For this, I require your support!”
Forget Me Knot ring by Sruli Recht
The piece itself is quite gruesome and looks very obviously human. Quite an amazing item with the level of dedication it would have taken to achieve. I can’t say I’m surprised to see 1/1 in the description either. I doubt Sruli is going to rush back out to make another.
Recently during Japan’s fashion week I had the pleasure of attending the Shibuya Fashion Festival. It was quite a fun night and there was a lot to see including some amazing runway shows.
My favorite part was running in to the guys behind Exist. I’ve followed this small handmade leather goods company for a few years now through their blog and other sources but running across the pop-up shop they had at the festival was pure chance. Being able to actually inspect the items in person I am even more enamoured by their creations as the quality is superb. They were gracious enough to allow me to photograph their set up and even the designer himself. They also photographed me wearing a few of the creations - maybe it will come up on their blog in the future. It was very nice meeting the fellows behind the company and as always I am eagerly awaiting their newest work.
Going to have to check them out while I’m in japan next month
Ann Demeulemeester bullet belt with feathers
Damir Doma horse hair contained in a test tube with bone ring pin
Carol Christian Poell Drip Belt