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  • Jun Takahashi – Undercover

    Jun Takahashi – Undercover

    Founded by Japanese designer Jun Takahashi in 1994, the Undercover label now includes some  seriously discerning types among its fanbase, not least Rei Kawakubo, who in 2004 had Takahashi design a selection of blouses to sell in the Comme des Garcons store in Tokyo.

    Born in Kiryu in 1969, and a graduate of the Bunka Academy, Takahashi began making clothes while studying to wear himself, frustrated at nor being able to find anything he liked in shops. His confidence and individuality sets him apart from many young Japanese designers, who are happy to rely on easily digestible, graphic led T-shirts and slogans. Takahashi approach is more complex and  distinctive, and has been variously described as trift shop chic or subversive couture. Considering his belief that life is as much about pain as is about beauty, it is not surprising that the resulting Undercover aesthetic makes for an anarchic collision of the violent (slashed ripped and restitched fabrics) and the poetic (chiffon , lace and faded floral prints).

    Further clues to the designer minset are found in his fondness for defiant English punk bands – while still a student, he was a member of the Tokyo Sex Pistols. Having won the prestigious Mainichi Fashion Grand Prize ub 2001 and made his Paris catwalk debut with his Sring-Summer 2003 collection, Takahashi today continues to up the ante.

    Undercover is now split in five lines – Undercover, Undercoverism, Undakovit, Undakovrist and Undakovr, all of which are sold through a flagship store in Tokyo ‘s fashionable Omotesando district. Further Undercover stores have opened in Paris and Milan, while global stocklist continue to grow (in tandem with appreciative converts to the label).

    In 2008, Takahashi and NIGO reconstructed their No Label store within Dover Street Market, London. The following year, Undercover was invited to present their collection in the famous Boboli Gardens in Florence during Pitti Image. Takahashi has recently been appointed as the new designer collaborator for Uniqlo, succeeding Jil Sander.


    Jun Takahashi – Undercover
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