Born in Fukushima, Junya Watanabe attended Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion Institute. After graduating in 1984, he started an apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons working as a patternmaker. With Rei Kawakubo as his mentor, Watanabe worked his way up the business.
In 1992 he started designing under his own name for the brand, called ‘Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons’. The following year he showed his collection in Paris.
In 2007, Watanabe started a collaboration with Converse to design a range of the iconic All-Star shoes. Two years later in 2009, his designs were chosen by Michelle Obama. Wearing a blue pattern cardigan she chose the designer for her trip to London.
With his designs keeping to the Comme des Garçons aesthetic, Junya Watanabe is known for his innovative and technologically advanced designs that show an appreciation of avant-garde cutting. Watanabe has been called a ‘techno couture’, but like his mentor, is renowned for keeping to the pure lines and stark shapes.
Off-White New Balance Edition CT400 Sneakers
Low-top buffed leather and mesh sneakers in off-white. Round toe. Tonal lace-up closure. Logo patch at tongue. Padded collar. Logo appliqué at sides. Logo embossed at heel tab and side. Stitching in black at welt. Tonal treaded Vibram® rubber sole. Tonal stitching.
Part of the Junya Watanabe x New Balance collaboration.
Upper: leather, textile. Sole: rubber. Imported.