Junya Watanabe x Interview Magazine

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For several seasons now, Japanese designer Junya Watanabe has been taking some of our most iconic Western brands, retooling them in his Tokyo workshop, and sending them back out into the world looking a lot less like the everyday apparel of a typical American dude and a lot more like the sophisticated, preternaturally bright and graphic garb of a globe-trotting gentleman. This season’s collection is no different, except that the overarching theme itself is travel (at his shows, the models carried vintage suitcases down the runway to the Ringo Starr track “Sentimental Journey”). For Spring, Watanabe collaborated with revered brands like Brooks Brothers, Levi’s, and Lacoste, transforming stock pieces into reversible, two-in-one outfits that befit any man taking a trip with limited space in his luggage. Safari jackets turned into sport coats, jean jackets morphed into blazers—for a guy who admits to traveling very little, Watanabe is looking out for the itinerant among us. We [Interview Magazine] asked the famously tight-lipped designer five questions on how he operates.

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