Renowned photographer Keizo Kitajima was enlisted to shoot “Manual,” Junya Watanabe MAN‘s Spring/Summer 2021 collection that pays dual tribute to the books and working class people who inspire him. Each Japan-based model comes from a different hands-on career and is shot near their place of work, fully styled in Watanabe’s graphic-heavy garments.
“Manual” lifts the cover art from a variety of Watanabe’s favorite tomes, much like his Spring/Summer 2020 tees. Titles include Spin: 360°,
Classic blue collar essentials are updated with premium Japanese construction throughout, ranging from boxy chore coats to contrast-stitched double-knee jeans. The models — who include a bonsai master, sushi chef, bar owner, sword craftsman and mechanics — bring their own flair to showcasing Watanabe’s relaxed car coats and dropped-crotch denim shorts, mixing and matching with gingham shirts, Heinrich Dinkelacker shoes and collaborative New Balance sneakers.
“This season I found myself reflecting on the power of the books around me – precious items that I value, though I may not open them every day,” Watanabe said in a statement. “Many of the pieces in this collection depict and introduce these books.”