mastermind JAPAN

Mastermind Japan

mastermind JAPAN is a fashion label founded by Masaaki Homma in 1997. mastermind JAPAN has been a higher-end brand, mixing quality with its signature skulls and bones logo. Each piece is made in Japan, and proudly displays it in the tags, along with a list of names of people that helped create the piece of clothing. mastermind JAPAN produces collaborations and pieces with the likes of Dover Street Market, Stussy, adidas Originals and Bamford Watch Department. Lacking a formal education in fashion, Homma, who previously worked at Yohji Yamamoto, spontaneously decided to launch the label in 1997 at Tokyo Fashion Week. Quickly faced with huge debts as his pieces did not sell. As a last ditch attempt, Homma attended the SEHM joint exhibition in Paris, where a warm reception persuaded him to continue. In his third year in attendance, Homma received a significant order that gave a large cash injection to the brand as well as solidifying its high quality stance. In 2013, Homma decided to stop the brand’s seasonal deliveries, however, continues its collaboration with different big brands.

Founded 1997
Industries Streetwear
Headquarter Tokyo, Japan
A mastermind JAPAN x Timberland 6" Boot Collaboration Has Appeared
Footwear

A mastermind JAPAN x Timberland 6" Boot Collaboration Has Appeared

A first look at two pairs of collaborative boots.

A Closer Look at the mastermind JAPAN x Converse Addict Jack Purcell
Footwear

A Closer Look at the mastermind JAPAN x Converse Addict Jack Purcell

Essential for any collection.

mastermind JAPAN Elevates Converse Addict's Jack Purcell
Footwear

mastermind JAPAN Elevates Converse Addict's Jack Purcell

Upgrading the essential summer sneaker.

Take a Look Around mastermind JAPAN's Tokyo Flagship Store
Fashion

Take a Look Around mastermind JAPAN's Tokyo Flagship Store

Launching with a Kangol collaboration.

mastermind JAPAN Reveals a Logo-Filled Gundam Clothing Collection
Fashion

mastermind JAPAN Reveals a Logo-Filled Gundam Clothing Collection

Accompanying the previously-unveiled model kits.

mastermind JAPAN Officially Unveils Latest Gundam Collaboration
Design

mastermind JAPAN Officially Unveils Latest Gundam Collaboration

Following up their highly sought after 2013 collaboration.

mastermind JAPAN Teases Image of Upcoming Collaboration
Fashion

mastermind JAPAN Teases Image of Upcoming Collaboration

An all-black skull and crossbones Zaku.

mastermind WORLD Spring/Summer 2018 Is All About the Branding
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mastermind WORLD Spring/Summer 2018 Is All About the Branding

The skull and crossbones are everywhere.

BAPE Opens Los Angeles Flagship Store
Fashion

BAPE Opens Los Angeles Flagship Store

Celebrating with G-wagons and a Milo photoshoot.

mastermind JAPAN & Carhartt WIP Drop Exclusive Capsule
Fashion

mastermind JAPAN & Carhartt WIP Drop Exclusive Capsule

Black and gold for shredding season.

2016

mastermind JAPAN returns for a Spring 2016 collection

2013

Massaki Honma shuts down mastermind JAPAN

2006

Collaborates with French leather goods maker Goyard on a collection

2001

mastermind JAPAN begins to expand to foreign markets; the first expansion appears in Paris

1999

mastermind JAPAN presents its first menswear show in Tokyo’s Harajuku district

1997

Founded by clothing designer Masaaki Honma
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