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2776 South Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3J3
Canada

604 257 2300

Vancouver luxury boutique carrying an exquisite collection of clothing and accessories for women and men.

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A Lesson in Issey

Zenija Esmits

It's always a pleasure having our friends from NYC visit us. This past week Elena and William stopped by to give us a tutorial on the genius of the Issey Miyake brand.

These two shared fountains of information on the complex technology and innovations behind some of the more iconic Miyake fabrics. Whether produced from their own cultivated silk worms or recycled polyester fibre, their unique in-house cloth is woven, sewn, dyed and pleated to create garments that are beautiful, versatile and comfortable. Bonus: this is the perfect travelling wardrobe - scrunched in a suitcase and most often machine-washable . . . form meets function meets Japanese craftsmanship. 

Elena and Will.

A- POC: "a Piece of Cloth"
Garments are woven using a bonded thread. The pieces are so wearable they can not only go into the washing machine (cold) but can also be altered by simply using a pair of sharp scissors (although we recommend you use a tailor to cut a straight line). 

Steam Stretch: (VIDEO)
With strategic use of polyester fibre that shrink with the application of heat - a buoyant honeycomb or banded fabric stretches to the shape of the wearer without losing its shape. The material bounces back to it's original form after wear and maybe best of all - as with A-POC - it does not wrinkle. 

Homme Plissé:
The mens line began as athletic wear and has evolved into the ultimate basics line - with edited colors and shapes it blends seamlessly with the Miyake main line. As with other Issey pleated fabrics maintenance is easy as long as you remember to not use heat - so NO dry cleaning or ironing. As Elena says:  ". . . otherwise the pleats will deplete."

Mens Line:
FW 15/16 looked to past Japanese influences via the art nouveau style. This season the mens collection is inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, referencing the Scottish architect's asthetic; from his stained glass windows to berry hued color scheme. A further nod to Scottish heritage is addressed by way of Takahashi's modern take on plaid.