If you were to differentiate each of the current menswear designers from Japan and their styles, you immediately tell that Hiroki Nakamura pursues a rustic Brohemian touch in his brand visvim, that Shinsuke Takizawa’s love of choppers and hot rods blended nicely with NEIGHBORHOOD’s design theme, and Tetsu “Tet” Nishiyama’s contraction of anarchy and militarism led him to the establishment of WTAPS. For Kazuki Kuraishi, however, it was always about blending the mundane with the extraordinary, that everyday wear can also something more than its appearances, a concept that is now the core of The Fourness, his newest apparel label. Based on psychotherapist Carl Jung’s “Four Functional Types” of the psyche, a theory whereby personality traits can be measure through Feeling, Intuition, Thinking and Sensation(better known as F.I.T.S.), Kuraishi meticulously “tapped” each of the four traits into the design. While some are low-context in forms, other are “hidden” in symbolic additions dotted throughout the collection.
Much like Kuraishi’s personal invitation for his customers to explore the designs themselves, The Fourness by Kazuki Kuraishi’s debut solo collection will be available early next year. In the meantime, the designer categorize each of his creations in this new lookbook for Spring/Summer 2015.