Lately we've had a couple of incredible pieces hit the store from one of the masters of Japanese design, Kansai Yamamoto. David Bowie saw the genius of this man when he wore clothing designed by him for his Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane tours. Known for mixing traditional Japanese features with Western design to create avant garde works of art.
First, we had this Kansai O2 men's jacket in a mustard wool with an incredible fringed suede yoke and 'Kansai' appliqué detailing to the back. This jacket came and went in the same day, showing how much collectors love vintage Kansai Yamamoto clothing.
The next piece we've just added, a unisex tweed suit, with an oversized jacket and balloon shaped legs - obviously influenced by eastern harem pants but with a much more interesting, westernised appeal. Both of these pieces were featured in the 1985 runway - the jacket was shown on a female model (which perfectly shows the unisex appeal of Kansai) and the pants were worn by a male model. This suit is one of only 69 ever made, so this is a rare chance to own it!
Vintage Kansai Yamamoto pieces are incredibly sought after, particularly for collectors of Japanese design, as he was one of the first waves to show in Paris alongside Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons. We'll be adding more pieces by Japanese designers in the future so keep your eyes peeled.