After 18 years of being M.I.A, Issey Miyake takes the reigns at his namesake brand and delivers a collection of sportswear that’s all at once flashy and en vogue while staying true to his understated ethos. For Spring 2013 the Miyake team diligently learned the painstaking ancient process of making and using Washi paper. From there the team took took the Washi paper, bonded it with rayon and laminated it to make it washable; an awe-inspiring way to bring Japanese tradition into something modern. Their teacher- an elderly Japanese lady – is the only surviving expert in the tradition.
The collection, inspired by cyclist, was filled with voluminous blousons, technical outerwear and breezy shorts, giving the Miyake cyclist the ability to stay cool and face any weather conditions thrown at him. Reflector tape was also used to highlight the already memorable collection.
-words by Taj Ragland
photos by JP Singson