Issey Miyake debuted his first collection in New York in 1971 and began participating in Paris Fashion Week from 1973. His unique concept of clothing as “A Piece Of Cloth” was widely acclaimed throughout the world from the very beginning. An inexhaustible explorer, he has continued to open up new horizons for making clothes through research, experimentation and development while reimagining the relationship between the human body and clothing.
With a resolute determination of moving ever forward, Miyake has brought forth several epoch-making outcomes, including original pleated pieces from 1989, which would later develop into PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE, and the basic idea and process of A-POC in 1997, this time in collaboration with Dai Fujiwara, which would soon evolve into a design solution called A-POC INSIDE which was incorporated into the ISSEY MIYAKE collections as well as in all other brands owned by the ISSEY MIYAKE group.
Placing a high value on fostering various human resources and innovative technologies in the industry since the foundation of the brand, Miyake’s spirit of making things has been passed on to a new generation of designers, past and present.
It is Yoshiyuki Miyamae and his team of designers at the helm of the ISSEY MIYAKE Women’s collection since the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. They are taking on further challenges with fresh eyes and new ideas, while combining the traditional techniques of Japan with new technologies.
Launched in SPRING SUMMER 2001, the brand ‘me’ was developed to predominately provide T-shirts for the 21st Century. Lightweight, compact, convenient, comfortable to wear and easy to care for – fashions crafted to accentuate the pleasure and individuality of everyday living.
The factor that most distinguishes the product ‘me’ from other lines, is the development of multi-direction elastic stretch pleats combined with cutting-edge techniques and innovative materials. From the SPRING SUMMER 2008 collection, the brand enters a new stage. Renamed me ISSEY MIYAKE in Asia or CAULIFLOWER in Europe and the U.S., which is named after the brand’s main staple, it keeps on seeking a further innovative way of making things of quality.