** ISSEY MIYAKE **
This pleated top can be worn like a T-shirt.
** ISSEY MIYAKE MEN **
Original yarn made by twisting Japanese paper and yarn used for Japanese ikat together is used for these items. The corona pattern is introduced on the standard denim series, with color variations perfect for spring and summer.
This knitted item is perfect for spring, using soft and light materials.
** HaaT **
These bags have geometric diamond patterns.
** BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE **
Spring and Summer Season 2013 has begun. Until January 29 (Tue), works by Koutaro Sekiguchi, an artist who creates three-dimensional works with newspapers and packing tape, using various things including animals, people and buildings as a motif, are on exhibit at the store. The works shown are Queen, Hero (Large), and Hero (PET Bottle Boy).
This work shows a mother and her children on a bicycle with built-in child seats that let her shuttle them around. Many artistic works use a mysterious girl as a motif, but the genuine beauty of woman is embodied by a mother on a bicycle with child seats, who is raising her children and creating their everyday life! That is why, I created this work, with the intention of cheering on the young mothers of my generation.
I gathered motifs from everyday life, such as sandals and bicycles, to form the shape of a hero. The life that everyone was taking for granted was actually something glorious, beautiful, precious and ephemeral all the while, just like a hero. This work expresses that realization. I also drew inspiration from the fact that the theme song of Anpanman, the representative hero character in Japan, was aired frequently on radio after the earthquake and encouraged many people.
Hero (PET Bottle Boy)
The model of this work is the photo of a boy walking through the debris with PET bottles in his hands for collecting water, which was shown in the newspaper and other media after the earthquake. Despite his hardships, he goes to get water for his family. The earthquake made it possible for everyone to become a hero; it made it necessary for everyone to become a hero. In the special exhibition Heroes (at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum), this work was deliberately exhibited outdoors, where it risked being exposed to wind and rain, even though it is made of fragile materials such as newspaper and packing tape. In this way I also hoped to remind people of our own situation, as we have to live our lives despite the fear of radioactivity.
Koutarou Sekiguchi was born in 1983, in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Sculpture at Tama Art University. He created Shunkan Jiin (Temple of the Moment) with newspapers and packing tape as his graduation product. He presented the work Akarui Yoru Ni Shuppatsu Da (Let's Depart on a Bright Night) at the exhibition XXIst Century Man (21_21DESIGN SIGHT) directed by Issey Miyake in 2008. He was awarded the 15th Taro Okamoto Prize in February 2012 for his work Kansei Neji (Sensitivity Screw). He held the special exhibition Heroes (at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum) in October 2012.
Thank you very much for your patronage of ELTTOB TEP ISSEY MIYAKE during 2012. In 2013, the spring and summer season collections will be launched on January 5 (Sat) at the Ginza store. We are very much looking forward to your visit.
** Store Holiday **
The store will be closed on the days shown below. Thank you very much for your understanding.
Ginza Store: December 31 (Mon) - January 1 (Tue, national holiday), January 4 (Fri)
** ISSEY MIYAKE ( women ) **
This colorful collection is inspired by the feathers of birds, which can be of any color, from the richly-hued birds living in tropical lands to birds of the north covered in earth-toned feathers.
** ISSEY MIYAKE MEN **
* PAPER／LIGHT／CYCLING *
This season, the brand offers a collection using Japanese paper, which is a material that has also been used for clothing through the ages, coupled with the concept of the modern lifestyle of "living with bicycles." The brand developed a washable paper fabric, and used it to design forms and details with the occasion of riding bicycles in the city in mind.
** PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE **
* CARNIVAL *
Gorgeous outfits and music, abundant colors and the scent of flowers, the appreciation of fertility, the advent of spring and the anticipation of rebirth...the source of inspiration for this season is the carnivals of various countries. The brand expresses the spirit of PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE in a straightforward manner, with an air of celebration and gratitude for the 20th anniversary of the brand.
** HaaT **
* SALT ROAD *
The theme of this spring and summer collection is "salts," that have been brought via the "salt road" and add rich colors to people's lives. The brand incorporates the beauty of salt into original textiles.
** BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE **
New items arrived on December 1 (Sat).
Magic X'mas SPECIAL EVENT
December 15 (Sat), 18:00-20:00
On December 15 (Sat), we will be holding the Magic X'mas SPECIAL EVENT, a Christmas event full of music and magic with a somewhat whimsical twist. We look forward to seeing you there. (Please note that this event is standing room only.)
18:00- Live Jazz Show: ai kuwabara trio project
This performance by pianist Ai Kuwabara and bassist Yusuke Morita, who have added a flavor of Christmas to their unique and daring world view, will warm up the atmosphere of the venue.
This jazz project features performances of original numbers by Ai Kuwabara, a pianist born in 1991, in a piano trio format produced by bassist Yusuke Morita. The unit released its first album, "from here to there," on November 7, 2012.
*The actual performance is a piano and bass duo.
19:20- Magic show: Yuji Kobayashi
We hope you will enjoy this intimate magic performance, which allows you to see magic from extremely close up.
As a student, Yuji Kobayashi studied media art. He currently teaches subjects related to images in Tokyo Polytechnic University's Faculty of Arts as a part-time lecturer. He was named a "heaven artist"―a street performer officially certified by the government of Tokyo―in 2007.
Presenting ISSEY MIYAKE INC.'s 2012 Christmas season, developed under the theme of "Magic." At ELTTOB TEP ISSEY MIYAKE, the season started with a window display titled "Momentary Shape, Lyrics of Brightness." Products perfect for this season and items produced under the theme of "Magic" are available from each brand. Please stop by!
"Momentary Shape, Lyrics of Brightness"
Pouring rain changes into snow, piling up on the ground.
Then the snow melts, turning into fog and clouds.
And then, it turns into rain again...
Within much the same way, resin that melts when heat is applied differs in its beauty and momentary shape every time it is reformed. "Momentary Shape, Lyrics of Brightness" is a work that expresses the beauty and warmth inherent to plastic, and was designed and produced by Honda Plus, a plastic forming company that makes products such as PET bottles, and supervised by artist Mika Aoki.
Using PET resin that is generally used for mass production in molds, Honda Plus invented the "ame" (rain) crafting technique as a new type of manufacturing.
This work was hand-made with PET materials, and features many positive words pouring down like rain, including "happy," "active," "merry" and "enjoy." We have added special words for ELTTOB TEP ISSEY MIYAKE to this work, and hope it brings you all abundant happiness.
Design and production: Honda Plus Co., Ltd. ame Dept.
Art supervision: Mika Aoki