By Adam Ali
Junya strayed from his European, work-wear concept from the past several seasons and went back to his roots in the holy land of Japan. His collection was heavily influenced by boro, a traditional Japanese peasant-patchwork, work-wear style. Traditionally done in indigo, this collection is more than heavy in boro.
Having sifted through more than my fair share of vintage clothing, Watanabe did a darn good job visually portraying boro. The real test would be to feel the texture; traditional boro textile materials are extremely coarse and oftentimes sewn crudely together. The unraveled edges are due to the them being unfinished. The garment wasn’t made to be pretty; it was made to be protective and practical.
While these pieces aren’t exactly practical, they are beautiful and indigo. What the hell is the obsession with indigo in the menswear industry right now?Every designer and their mother think they are a heritage brand now. They think with the reckless addition of indigo and maybe a selvedge line or two they are heritage. WELL THEY AREN’T. The collection may look like it has boro incorporated in half of it, however traditional boro is done in varying shades of indigo. Junya did it in a fresh, but more importantly, correct way. He took something relatively untapped and made it into what he does best: beautiful, almost justifiably priced garments.
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