Almost a year ago, we met up with famed Japanese model Kozue Akimoto when she stopped by Seoul for her Kozue 2017-2018 book release. Among the various campaigns that Kozue has been busy with since then, one that might strike home for her is Richardson‘s latest project that celebrates her late father, the legendary sumo champion Chiyonofuji Mitsugu.
The lookbook for the latest Richardson x Chiyonofuji Mitsugu capsule collection sees Kozue modeling with her brother. A concise slew of printed tees, long-sleeves and hoodies are shot behind the closed quarters of a sumo-beya. Vignettes of Mitsugu are served up throughout the range in the form of illustrations, signatures and black and white portraits. One standout piece is a white long-sleeve with Mitsugu’s handprint emblazoned at the back. His signature, alongside old photos and stamps, meet the print, while an embroidered oni (a supernatural figure in Japanese folklore) is stitched onto the right sleeve. Another highlight shows a portrait of Mitsugu holding a young Kozue in one arm and a giant trophy in the other. A black terry-cotton hoodie and graphic long-sleeve round out the concise spread.
Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was a champion who held a top rank in sumo for an entire decade (1981 to 1991), winning 31 tournament championships. He was considered one of the greats for his aggressive spirit despite having a relatively small frame.