The inspiration comes from Japan and its people
«Inspiration each season is mutable and fluid. I always start off with one idea or concept that I think I want to communicate, and then without fail it will morph into something else entirely different, until at season’s end we have a completed story and product that we love. One constant, however, during every seasonal process is Japan. I love Japan». This is how Simon Miller, Creative Director of Citizens of Humanity, shows the new fall-winter 2015 collection, which is infused with Japanese sensibility.
The inspiration came from Japan and its people, like Hitoshi Uchida, the owner of J’Antiques, a Tokyo-based shop Mr. Uchida opened in 2005 thanks to his particular passion for vintage denim (“I especially like pieces that look like they were used as work clothes. I always try to find new items which have a potential to become vintage,” he explains), Junpei Katsumi, owner of Paradise Alley cafe? (famous for its delicious handmade bread, massive, sculptural loaves and focaccia-based pizzas, real architectural creations) and Shinji Kawai from Nihon Menpu (which means “cotton cloth-maker in Japan”) denim mill. With its long-lasting family run business (since 1917) Mr. Kawai has been a special source of inspiration for the new men’s collection. A true reverence for tradition and quality.
Nowadays Japan is a mecca for denim collectors, and it is renowned for its jean-centric vintage stores, like the one of Mr. Kawai. And here the idea of the new collection came out in clear lines and fittings: men are elegant but casual from head to toe with sporty multi-pocket jackets, shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, jeans and trousers are offered in a natural range of colors such as grey, dark blue and green.