Jun Takahashi

Jun Takahashi is a pioneering Japanese fashion designer and the founder of UNDERCOVER. Born in the city of Kiryu in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Takahashi studied fashion design at the prestigious Bunka Academy of Fashion in Tokyo. While there, Takahashi met NIGO with whom he would found the UNDERCOVER label, with Takahashi continuing to develop the label after graduating in 1991. With the opening of the influential NOWHERE boutique with NIGO in Harajuku in 1993, UNDERCOVER was placed at the epicenter of the Ura-Harajuku movement, thus establishing Takahashi as one of the most prominent designers in the Japanese fashion scene. In 1994, Takahashi also began a brand called A.F.F.A. with Hiroshi Fujiwara although releases were intermittent, eventually being shelved completely. Heavily influenced by punk music, particularly by The Sex Pistols (he played in a cover band during university called The Tokyo Sex Pistols, and he is nicknamed “Johnio” for his resemblance to frontman Johnny Rotten), Takahashi’s initial collections consisted of ripped up, deconstructed, shredded and patched leather jackets and T-shirts, with his style being described as conceptual and challenging. Other references range from flower bouquets, A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick, taxidermy and manga. Debuting at Tokyo and Paris Fashion Weeks in 1994 and 2002 respectively, Takahashi won critical acclaim from the likes of Miuccia Prada, Rei Kawakubo and Suzy Menkes, as well as two prestigious prizes awarded by the major Mainichi Shimbun newspaper. Although Takahashi describes his own aesthetic as “strange, but beautiful,” his designs have also proved commercially successful, netting him coveted relationships with the likes of Uniqlo via the UU label, with Nike under the Gyakusou performance running collection, a limited edition digital camera with Canon, and a stall at Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market. Takahashi is married and has one son, and creates his designs from his studio in Tokyo called Undercoverlab.

UNDERCOVER, sacai and Nike Have an LDwaffle "Bright Citron" Collaboration on the Way
Footwear

UNDERCOVER, sacai and Nike Have an LDwaffle "Bright Citron" Collaboration on the Way

Each party’s name is printed onto the heels of the model’s lipped out midsoles.

Early Look at UNDERCOVER's Nike Dunk High "UBA" Collaboration
Footwear

Early Look at UNDERCOVER's Nike Dunk High "UBA" Collaboration

Jun Takahashi applies classic black and red color-blocking on his next Swoosh offering.

Thom Yorke Remixes Radiohead's "Creep" for UNDERCOVER FW21 Runway
Music

Thom Yorke Remixes Radiohead's "Creep" for UNDERCOVER FW21 Runway

An eerie rendition of the famous ‘Pablo Honey’ cut.

Are UNDERCOVER's Fuzzy Cotton Slippers the Biggest Lounging Around Flex?
Footwear

Are UNDERCOVER's Fuzzy Cotton Slippers the Biggest Lounging Around Flex?

Put your feet up and show the world who you’re wearing.

A Closer Look at the UNDERCOVER x Nike OverBreak SP
Footwear 

A Closer Look at the UNDERCOVER x Nike OverBreak SP

Focusing on the familiar Jun Takahashi design elements that frequent throughout his collaborations.

UNDERCOVER x Nike OverBreak SP Receives Official Release Date
Footwear

UNDERCOVER x Nike OverBreak SP Receives Official Release Date

Catch where the anticipated collaboration will be dropping.

Sail Uppers and Gilded Accents Outfit this UNDERCOVER x Nike OverBreak SP
Footwear

Sail Uppers and Gilded Accents Outfit this UNDERCOVER x Nike OverBreak SP

Jun Takahashi reworks the aggressive silhouette with his signature “Chaos/Balance” motif.

Jun Takahashi's the shepherd UNDERCOVER Proves Less Is More for FW20
Fashion

Jun Takahashi's the shepherd UNDERCOVER Proves Less Is More for FW20

Basics, but not as you know them.

UNDERCOVER Triggers "The SIXTH SENSE" With SS21 Women's Collection
Fashion

UNDERCOVER Triggers "The SIXTH SENSE" With SS21 Women's Collection

Collaborative Sanrio goods and another look at the bespoke Nike ISPA runners.

UNDERCOVER's $1,075 USD Paneled Boot Combines Utilitarian Functionality With Luxury
Footwear

UNDERCOVER's $1,075 USD Paneled Boot Combines Utilitarian Functionality With Luxury

The exaggerated boot comes in beige or black.

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