Junya Watanabe SS21 Is For the Working Class
Garments for living and working inspired by Watanabe’s precious book collection.
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.”
Expect the new offering to arrive at stockists like SSENSE and Dover Street Market stores in early 2021.
Elsewhere, COMME des GARÇONS HOMME PLUS displayed its own SS21 wares in a mini-show at its Tokyo headquarters.