Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese designer and founder of COMME des GARÇONS. Having studied literature in at Keio University, Kawakubo worked at a textiles factory after graduating, and by 1967 she had become a freelance stylist. Two years later, Kawakubo began designing clothes under the name “comme des garcons.” Due to the popularity of the clothes in Japan, Kawakubo incorporated the brand and COMME des GARÇONS was born. Throughout the ‘70s, Kawakubo would refine her aesthetic and grow her company, before eventually debuting her designs at 1981 Paris Fashion Week. In 2003, Kawakubo married Adrian Joffe, at the time, the commercial director for CDG. Eventually he became the president of the company and worked on international expansion, helping the company turn over $220 million USD a year. In addition to the design and creation aspects of the label, Kawakubo oversees all aspects of her company including graphic design, advertising and shop interiors. Kawakubo is notoriously press-shy, wishing for her creations to speak for themselves. However, Kawakubo’s anti-fashion and boundary-defying designs have inspired many newer designers, such as Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester. Kawakubo also served as mentor to Junya Watanabe, whose eponymous line is produced under COMME des GARÇONS.

Rei Kawakubo's Louis Vuitton "Bag With Holes" Returns In Black
Fashion

Rei Kawakubo's Louis Vuitton "Bag With Holes" Returns In Black

Another chance to cop 2014’s “Icon and Iconoclast: Celebrating Monogram” collaboration.

COMME des GARÇONS COMME des GARÇONS and Spalwart Bring Camo to the Tempo Trainer
Footwear

COMME des GARÇONS COMME des GARÇONS and Spalwart Bring Camo to the Tempo Trainer

Another affordable option from the womenswear sub-label.

Dover Street Market Will Open a New Concept Store Next Year
Fashion

Dover Street Market Will Open a New Concept Store Next Year

Named Dover Street Trading Market.

Futura and COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT's Collaboration Is Here
Fashion

Futura and COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT's Collaboration Is Here

Presenting coach jackets, shirts, T-shirts and a selection of bags.

Behind the HYPE: The Artek Stool 60 Is the Most Popular Stool of All Time
Design 

Behind the HYPE: The Artek Stool 60 Is the Most Popular Stool of All Time

Our latest episode explores this classic Scandinavian seat.

COMME des GARÇONS Brings Back Its Championship Rings
Fashion

COMME des GARÇONS Brings Back Its Championship Rings

Featuring the “MY ENERGY COMES FROM FREEDOM” and “LIVE FREE” ring.

COMME des GARÇONS Drops Exclusive "EMERGENCY Special" Collection
Fashion

COMME des GARÇONS Drops Exclusive "EMERGENCY Special" Collection

Available via appointment only.

BLACK COMME des GARÇONS Drops Online at Dover Street Market
Fashion

BLACK COMME des GARÇONS Drops Online at Dover Street Market

Collaborations with Nike and other avant-garde looks are now available.

COMME des GARÇONS CDG Drops 1986 Staff Coat Crafted From Wool & Nylon
Fashion

COMME des GARÇONS CDG Drops 1986 Staff Coat Crafted From Wool & Nylon

The signature “Printemps-Été 1986 COMME des GARÇONS” text graces the rear.

COMME des GARÇONS & Mikimoto Craft Pearl & Sterling Silver Name Plate Necklaces
Fashion

COMME des GARÇONS & Mikimoto Craft Pearl & Sterling Silver Name Plate Necklaces

As well as chunky chain and mixed-material offerings.

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