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Junya Watanabe

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Junya Watanabe is a Japanese fashion designer, originally the protégé of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961, he went on to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, graduating in 1984.At this time he began his apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons as a patternmaker. In 1987, he was promoted to chief designer of Tricot knitwear line and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. Starting in 1992, he has worked under his own name as part of Comme des Garçons. He started his own line under the Comme Des Garçons name called 'Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons' in 1993 and began showing in Paris that same year.

Watanabe, like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing. He is particularly interested in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics as found in his spring/summer 2001 line but also uses more traditional materials such as cotton in his spring/summer 2003 collection. Watanabe is often considered a "techno couture" designer, creating unusually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials.

In 2007, Watanabe was licensed by Converse to design a series of All-Star shoes. Other collaborations involved Levi's, Hervier Productions, Seil Marschall etc.

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Junya Watanabe Oversized ruched shirt 625 €
625
Junya Watanabe messenger bag 460 €
460
Junya Watanabe slim backpack 520 €
520
Junya Watanabe waist bag 570 €
570
Junya Watanabe windstopper jacket 660 €
660
Junya Watanabe windstopper jacket 660 €
660
Junya Watanabe Ruffled tulle-tiered wool dress 1220 €
1220
Junya Watanabe Panelled wool and tulle midi skirt 954 €
954
Junya Watanabe Linen wool check vest 1197 €
1197
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