Issey Miyake launched his first collection in his namesake in 1971. The Japanese designer has been innovative right from the start, producing cutting-edge designs which have influenced the fashion world with every new collection. Under the parent organisation of Miyake Design Studio Co., Ltd., the brand is led by Creative Director Satoshi Kondo who continues to design creative and experimental garments for men and women.
Issey Miyake comprises many diffusion lines, all committed to different elements of design. The Issey Miyake line produces boundary-pushing designs which feature loose silhouettes and graphic prints. Expert use of colour and cut, signature pleating and contemporary shapes combine to produce comfortable garments with a high fashion appeal.
The Pleats Please line revolves around the use of a micro-pleated fabric- a material which is pleated after sewing, resulting in a light and fluid finish. This unique fabric does not require ironing and can be easily folded and stored. Every Pleats Please garment is exceptionally comfortable, with an effortless elegance which can be dressed up or down.
Modern, refined and hugely popular, this signature pleated material has been assigned to the menswear diffusion line, Homme Plissé Issey Miyake. This line features the same principles at Pleats Please, producing tops, tapered trousers and suiting for men.
132 5. Issey Miyake produces geometric, structured designs made from recycled polyester fabric. The name ‘refers to the way a piece of cloth (“1D”) takes on a three-dimensional shape (“3D”) and is then folded into a flat surface (“2D”), and the way that wearing it transforms it into a presence that transcends time and dimensions (“5D”)’.
The Issey Myake bag brand, Bao Bao, produces fun and unexpected designs in-keeping with the technology-inspired designs that Issey Miyake is known for. Built from triangular structures, these bags ‘change flat surfaces into three-dimensional ones’. They are practical and versatile, able to be used throughout life and its many occasions.
Finally, Issey Miyake Perfumes produces fragrances for both men and women.
Issey Miyake has stores located throughout the world, from Japan to London. All lines from the label can be accessed from their online store, with a selection of styles also available from Farfetch.