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KUON Spring Summer 2021

Event
NYFW
Launch
Tue - Sep 15, 2020 11:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Status
Finished

KUON’s Spring 2021 collection was inspired by KACHŌFŪGETSU, the traditional Japanese aesthetic discipline, which goes back to the 1400s. The term refers to the appreciation for the beauty and specialness of nature. As with the concept of wabi from wabi-sabi, it is a philosophy about the enjoyment of the present moment. For Spring 2021, Ishibashi continues to explore the traditional Japanese techniques of boro, sashiko, and sakiori, by creating his own versions with cotton floral patchwork and mixed cotton patchwork boro, as well as digital prints of sakiori and boro whose allure is enhanced by technology and allows the fabrics to be lighter. He also introduces a new fabric with washi paper made from wood pulp and polyolefin which not only gives it suppleness but also makes it water-resistant and durable. While KUON’s viewpoint stems from the remembrance of the past as experienced in the present, and Ishibashi’s interest may reside in the ancient techniques of Japan, the silhouettes of the pieces are based on traditional English tailoring and American sportswear. Some of the styles highlighted this season are softer versions of Chesterfield coats, unlined sport coats, flat-front trousers, and soft, loose-fitting trousers with a drawstring waist.

The word KUON means eternity, that which is everlasting, as well as the remembrance of the past as experienced in the present. The choice of this word is relevant to Ishibashi as the two pivotal techniques often used in the collection are boro patchwork and sashiko stitching, as well as modern developments of traditional Japanese techniques and materials. KUON continues to collaborate with local manufacturing and craftsmen to make clothing that combines design with its unique set of skills. As a result, Ishibashi is able to share his knowledge about fashion, while learning the history and expertise of his counterparts. This exchange has provided an edge for KUON, enabling the brand to rapidly gain recognition.

In mid-September, KUON will open its first boutique in the Harajuku area of Tokyo. The store is in a traditional 2-story row house called Nagaya. The exterior and interior designs of the shop, realized by Osaka based design firm Kanome, derive from a made-to-order Kimono shop. The shop will also feature an entryway with gravel and stepping- stones that reminds a Japanese garden.

KUON is distributed in more than 40 stores including Isetan, Beams and Bay Cruise in Japan, Machus in Portland, SKP in Beijing, Initial in Shanghai, JUICE, and many more.

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KUON Spring Summer 2021 Collection

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  • On Hikaru (left)-Top

    Cap Sleeve Wrinkled T-Shirt in Navy

  • On Hikaru (left)-bottom

    DENIM Wide Military Pants in Indigo/ Bleached

  • On Riku (right)-Hat

    BORO Bucket Hat in Floral

  • On Riku (right)-Top

    SAKIORI Switched T-Shirt in White

  • On Riku (right)-Bottom

    Belted CHINO Pants in Charcoal

  • On Hikaru (left)-Top

    Cap Sleeve Wrinkled T-Shirt in Navy

  • On Hikaru (left)-bottom

    DENIM Wide Military Pants in Indigo/ Bleached

  • On Riku (right)-Hat

    BORO Bucket Hat in Floral

  • On Riku (right)-Top

    SAKIORI Switched T-Shirt in White

  • On Riku (right)-Bottom

    Belted CHINO Pants in Charcoal

  • On Riku (left)-Jacket

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Jacket w/BORO TRIM in Beige

  • On Riku (left)-Top

    Embellished Bosom Half Sleeve Shirt in Mint Green

  • On Riku (left)-Bottom

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Pants w/BORO TRIM

  • On Calum (right)-Coat

    CROSS SASHIKO Bal Collar Coat in White

  • On Calum (right)-Bottom

    DENIM Slim Pants in Indigo/No Wash

  • On Riku (left)-Jacket

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Jacket w/BORO TRIM in Beige

  • On Riku (left)-Top

    Embellished Bosom Half Sleeve Shirt in Mint Green

  • On Riku (left)-Bottom

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Pants w/BORO TRIM

  • On Calum (right)-Coat

    CROSS SASHIKO Bal Collar Coat in White

  • On Calum (right)-Bottom

    DENIM Slim Pants in Indigo/No Wash

  • On Hikaru-Jacket

    CROSS SASHIKO x ACETATE SATIN Zip-up Jacket in White

  • On Hikaru-Top

    FANAGE COTTON Long Sleeve Shirt in Mint Green

  • On Hikaru-Bottom

    CROSS SASHIKO 3/4 Length Shorts in White

  • On Hikaru-Jacket

    CROSS SASHIKO x ACETATE SATIN Zip-up Jacket in White

  • On Hikaru-Top

    FANAGE COTTON Long Sleeve Shirt in Mint Green

  • On Hikaru-Bottom

    CROSS SASHIKO 3/4 Length Shorts in White

  • On Calum-Coat

    WASHI Chesterfield Coat in Tan

  • On Calum-Sweatshirt

    Banded-Arm Sweatshirt in White

  • On Calum-Bottom

    DENIM Wide Military Pants In Indigo/Bleached

  • On Riku-Top

    SAKIORI Hawaiian Shirt in Stripe

  • On Riku-Bottom

    BORO Wide Shorts in White

  • On Riku-Top

    SAKIORI Hawaiian Shirt in Stripe

  • On Riku-Bottom

    BORO Wide Shorts in White

  • On Hikaru-Hat

    BORO Bucket Hat in White

  • On Hikaru-Top

    Cap Sleeve Wrinkled T-Shirt in White

  • On Hikaru-Shirt underneath

    Long Sleeve T-Shirt w/CROSS SASHIKO trim in White

  • On Hikaru (left)-Top

    BORO Hawaiian Shirt

  • On Hikaru (left)-Bottom

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Pants w/BORO TRIM in Navy

  • On Calum (right)-Jacket

    BORO Easy Blazer in Navy

  • On Calum (right)-Top

    Cap Sleeve Wrinkled T-Shirt in Navy

  • On Calum (right)-Bottom

    WASHI/COTTON CREPE 3/4 Length Shorts in Navy

  • On Riku-Hat

    BORO Bucket Hat in Navy

  • On Riku-Jacket

    SAKIORI Torimmed Noragi in Blue

  • On Riku-Top

    SAKIORI Trimmed Hem Long Sleeve Shirt in Blue

  • On Riku-Bottom

    On Riku-WASHI/COTTON CREPE 3/4 Length Shorts in Navy

  • On Calum-Jacket

    FLORAL PATCHWORK Easy Blazer in Light Gray

  • On Calum-Top

    FLORAL PATCHWORK Half Sleeve Shirt in Light Gray

  • On Calum-Bottom

    FLORAL PATCHWORK Slim Pants in Light Gray

  • On Riku-Top

    WASHI BONDED OPAL Pullover Shirt in White

  • On Riku-Bottom

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Pants w/BORO TRIM in Beige

  • On Riku-Top

    WASHI BONDED OPAL Pullover Shirt in White

  • On Riku-Bottom

    SALT SHRUNK NYLON Track Pants w/BORO TRIM in Beige

  • On Riku-Jacket

    FOIL COATED Coaches Jacket w/SAKIORI Patch in Sky Blue

  • On Riku-Top

    BORO Pullover Shirt in Floral

  • On Riku-Bottom

    COTTON POPLIN Wide Military Pants in Blue

  • On Hikaru-Sweatshirt

    Banded-Arm Sweatshirt in White

  • On Hikaru-Bottom

    FLORAL PATCHWORK Slim Pants in Light Gray

  • On Hikaru-Pouch

    CROSS SASHIKO 2-Way "Kinchaku" Pouch in White

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