Hirofumi Kiyonaga
Founder of SOPH.



Stretching all the way back to its establishment in 1998, Hirofumi Kiyonaga’s SOPH. has been an important pillar of Japanese streetwear. The label houses three lines: SOPHNET, F.C.R.B. and uniform experiment, which is co-led by Hiroshi Fujiwara. Marking SOPH.’s 20th anniversary, this year saw a bevy of bold capsules that embodied Kiyonaga’s unique interpretation of football culture and technical fabrics. One highlight was a collaboration with F.C. Real Bristol and READYMADE, which packed a slew of modular pieces that spanned everything from water-resistant zip-ups to smiley-face-flame emblazoned anoraks. Another noteworthy collaboration was with ZERO HALLIBURTON on a silver watch case, offering a luxe lifestyle accessory to round up the year. Kiyonaga’s influence on Tokyo streetwear continues to make headway with SOPH., reaching beyond the nation and inspiring today’s stylish youth worldwide.