dinsdag 28 april 2015


Today we introduce you to our next FASHIONCLASH Festival 2015 participant - YOJIRO KAKE. The brand consists of  Yojiro Kake from Osaka Japan and the partner Oka HuiYun Lin from Formosa in Taiwan, but currently they are based in Florence, Italy. YOJIRO KAKE has participated already last year the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014 and they describe their work as an endless dream of kid. They seek to explore the playful methods based on menswear tailoring and the most pleasant thing is the customer understanding and enjoying the mood of their designs.

Find out more about our fashion show case, market and Side Program (SHOWPIECES, exhibition at De Bijenkorf Maastricht) participant below!

Who are your artistic influences or inspirations and why? 
The life around us, may be a story happened to some neighbor or dying plant we pass by.

Finding your own voice is difficult, where and how do you find your personal creativity (before you start designing; during the design process)?
About design, we may say itself is quite personal, and we just do and design generated from the bottom of heart, stick to it and that’s it. 

What was the most important thing your parents taught you, that you now bring into your work? 
The childhood memory of Yojiro’s father and father’s friends wearing suits.

Which item in your wardrobe really typifies you and why? 
One pair of stylish black leather boots which is broken like something else from Yojiro’s studio.

What is your most favorite accessory and why? 
A simple necklace Yojiro made with a small scissors. The most practical item he has made ever.

How would you define fashion? 
Some kind of illusion? 

Are you a people's person or a loner?
We are two loners. 

What do you strive for in your work? 
To realize our imaginations. 

What are the key factors in your design?  
The appliance of menswear patterns. 

What makes your items different from others (What is your designing philosophy)?
Inspiring errors. 

"Fashion needs to progress year in year out, how do you keep innovating? 
Keep dreaming nightmares. "


What is the contemporary condition of fashion in your place of residence? 
Florence is a famous tourism spot, stylish people from all around the world. The great thing is PITTI UOMO, the most interesting menswear party only happens here in Florence which is an inspiring street show for us. 

What is your ultimate goal? What do you want to achieve with your projects? 
We have no idea about any ultimate goal except to keep realizing our thoughts gradually. 

What are your views on gender categorization in fashion ? (as in differentiating between male/female collections, is this necessary ?) 
Is not necessary only into two genders, may have unisex or others. However female/male category might be always there, like the two ends with mixtures in between. 

Do you believe the western binary gender system (male/female) will eventually disappear? 

What are your thoughts on the idea that unisex is the new androgynous in fashion ? 
Shall be interesting and practical for the market.

What has changed/happened since your last attendance at FASHIONCLASH?
We may say that we started to develop collaborations with some boutiques located in Florence Italy, it’s an inspiring progress for us. 

Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival once again? 
FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014 is a great experience along with economic fee for us, the team is professional, punctual and well-­‐organized. Therefore, this time we would like to participate again also the design market, as FASHIONCLASH Festival is getting more and more ambitious and popular, we believe there we will find out more about the target and ourselves.

YORJIO KAKE Backstage at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014

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