Previewed during the Milan Fashion Week for Men’s Ready to Wear, Evisu showcased its Spring/Summer 2009 collection for the Evisu Deluxe and Evisu Hertiage line. The design concept for 2009 borrowed heavily on historical context of East meets West. While most knew of Commodore Matthew Perry’s historical to Japan in 1852, the first of such scale by a foreign fleet in Japanese history at the time. A few could recall Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese sailing vessel to visit the United State in 1860. Inspired by the story, designers Evisu Deluxe took details from Japanese naval traditions, such as wide-leg cuffed pants and patch pockets, with updated silhouettes plus modern refinements. The fabrics all came from the Takisada Mills in Osaka, Japan, one with a 144-year history .
For the Evisu Heritage line, the key word is Tairyouki, or translated as big fish flag. Traditionally used by Japanese fishermen as a marker for bountiful catch, these brightly colored flags are still in use today as sign of good fortune. The same vibrant colorways can be found on the 2009 Heritage line as well.
Of course, one can’t forget Evisu’s extensive study on the art of denim manufacturing. It is no different in 2009 as the company introduce new selvage denims, including “No 13 LEFT”, accurate reproduction based on the earliest denim collection, from 1910 and onward, by Lee of USA
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