Back in Paris will show Tokyo Fashion Award talents
by Modem – Posted January 18 2023
© Modem in Paris presents the winning menswear collections of Tokyo Fashion Award, the prize supporting fashion designers based in Tokyo to expand their business worldwide: Irenisa, Kohki, Tanaka, Tender Person, Dairiku, Kidill, and Yoke.

Established in 2020 as the Tokyo-based design duo, Yu Kobayashi and Yuji Abe. Yu Konayashi worked as an experienced pattern maker at Yohji Yamamoto and Yuji Abe worked on planning, design and production development at support surface. The brand betrays the stereotype of clothes with a playful spirit that is not bound by preconceived notions. New garments that combine craftsmanship with three-dimensional design based on a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of mode.

Kohki's manufacturing process is defined by four keywords: ethnicity, craftsmanship, avant-garde, and childhood. As the antithesis of an ever-accelerating consumer society, the concept of the brand is to respect the skills and culture left behind by ancestors and not to overdo it by adding the human ego and interpretation. The philosophy of the brand consist in believing that all clothes and products should be preserved and kept for a long time. Kohki's products are not branded at all, only embroidered with numbers to show when the collection was made, making it difficult to tell who made them at first glance.

Sayori Tanaka and Akira Kuboshita are the duo behind Tanaka. Sayori Tanaka, designer and founder, is former woman design director of Uniqlo global design team at Tokyo, Shanghai and NYC. Former knit designer of Yohji Yamamoto Femme, Homme and Y’s for Men. Tanaka's father is an oil painter Japanese Kimono textile designer and the grandfather was a Japanese landscape gardener, which is the original creative background. Akira Kuboshita, creative director and partner, is head of design at Human Made. Former Mens design director of Uniqlo global design team at Tokyo, Shanghai and NYC.

Tender Person
Launched in 2014 by Bianca and Yashige Yuto, while they were both students at Bunka Fashion College. In 2017, they were selected as one of the supported brands for the next-generation fashion brand development program "Closs Fashion Forward" In 2019, they collaborated with the sportswear brand "Hummel" and in 2020 they opened their first flagship store "Boutique Naran by Tender Person"

Born in 1994, Dairiku Okamoto is the founder of his eponymous brand. At the age of 15, influenced by the unique used items and youth culture of his native Osaka, Dairiku Okamoto enrolled in the Fashion Design Department at Vantan Design Institute. In October 2016, he won the grand prize at the Asia fashion collection, and in February 2017, he presented his first runway collection at the New York Fashion Week. Currently, he is based in Tokyo and has been presenting his collection in a full-scale exhibition format since the SS 2018 season. He was very much influenced by his father who was a big movie fan and every season he creates a series of stories based on movies that he can relate to at that time.

Established in 2014 by Hiroaki Sueyasu. He invented the word "Kidill" which means purity in chaos. Based on the punk culture that he experienced in the 90's, he creates clothes for the rebels with a modern spirit.

After graduating from Bunka Fashion College with a major in design, Norio Terada worked in design and production management at several japanese brands and concept stores before launching his own label Yoke in 2018 with Autumn Winter Collection. in Paris
January 19 - 24, 2023
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00
21 Rue des Filles du Caivaire
75003 Paris
Virtual Showroom

More on Modemonline:
The Tokyo Fashion Award 2023 & the Fashion Prize Tokyo

Photo: Tender Person. Courtesy Image

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