Founder of SOPH.
Although he may be unfamiliar to many on a global scale, Hirofumi Kiyonaga is a pioneer in Japan’s streetwear and football cultures. Kiyonaga is the founder of SOPH., which features the SOPHNET. and Hiroshi Fujiwara-partnered uniform experiment lines, as well as the F.C.R.B. brand alongside industry behemoth, Nike. This past year, SOPHNET. celebrated the 16th anniversary of its Tokyo flagship with a slew of collaborative drops, from Vans to Stussy, while the ever-popular Real Bristol F.C. collections flew off the shelves of retailers around the world, thanks to a recently-launched global expansion. Consistently bridging Japanese craftsmanship and attention to detail with American heritage and technical sportswear, Hirofumi Kiyonaga has remained at the forefront of our culture for more than a decade, even if you haven’t heard of him.