JUNYA WATANABE, precursor and protégé of COMME des GARÇONS JUNYA WATANABE, precursor and protégé of COMME des GARÇONS Japanese artist born in Fukushima in 1961, Junya Watanabe graduated from the prestigious Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and in 1984 joined Rei Kawakubo, founder of COMME des GARÇONS and mentor of the young designer. He started out as a designer. In 1987, he joined the management of the COMME des GARÇONS knitwear branch. In 1992, his first line was launched under his name. The same year, he presented his first show in the hall of the Ryogoku station in Tokyo, and the following year marked his first Junya Watanabe ready-to-wear women's show in Paris. The success, almost immediate pushes him to create a men's line in the early 2000s: Junya Watanabe Man. This brand, still under the umbrella of COMME des GARCONS, is simple but functional and elegant. A meticulous work that allows to create time-proof pieces, which will become references over the decades. The brand also bears the name eYe Junya Watanabe Man. Read more
Heritage and Knowledge Beams Plus SS.23 Heritage and Knowledge Beams Plus SS.23 The Japanese label, which we are happy to welcome season after season at Graduate, has a philosophy that can be summed up in one simple phrase: "it looks classic, but it's new at the same time". Because that's what Beams Plus is all about! For the latecomers, a little briefing is in order (we don't blame you. Not too much.). For Beams Plus, for us and for many others, there is a universal beauty in American clothing from 1945 to 1965. Call it what you will, preppy, americana, vintage, these are just words about a style, a design and a quality that today and more than ever evokes an art of living between elegance, voluptuousness, history and fun. And Beams Plus is in a way the specialist of this so particular period. And through their erudition, their know-how, and through this Japanese handcrafted technique envied by the whole world, they are then able to propose a version adapted to our modern world. Subtle changes in cuts, materials, patterns ... "it looks classic, but it's new at the same time." Read more
The History of Hoka One One The History of Hoka One One Hoka One One is a brand of running shoes that was born in France in 2009, thanks to the initiative of Jean-Luc Diard, former president of Salomon, and Nicolas Mermoud, also former Salomon group. The name Hoka means "to fly over land" in Maori, a name that reflects the aspirations of the brand to help runners go faster without getting tired during their sporting endeavors and in particular running which is the sport the brand has always been affiliated with. The company was helped by Christophe Aubonnet, responsible for research and development. Read more