The protégé of Comme des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe started his own label under CDG in 1992. Well known for his patchwork jeans, worn by fashion people far and wide, Watanabe has created garments that have shifted the way people think about clothing, not just fashion. Like his mentor, Junya is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing, particularly in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics.
His work is about experimentation, endlessly reworking garments into fresh constructions. Junya is considered a “techno couture” designer, creating usually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials. In a recent New York Times article, Watanabe uses the Japanese word “monozukuri” to discuss his work. The word, which translates to the art, science and craft of making things is a great way to describe Watanabe’s design ethos of using fashion as a medium to create something new through clothes.
Junya Wantanbe has collaborated with various well known brands with some of his best collabs including those with Levi’s (2001), Porter (2004), Brooks Brothers (2009) and The North Face (2017)
Our Junya sock with its red and blue patchwork pattern is inspired by the Japanese designer. Junya is perfect for those who take a similar avant-garde approach to life – one that is daring, experimental and constantly pushing conventional boundaries.
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