"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."

— Willy Vanderperre
Undercover autumn / winter 1998-99
Exchange
Michael Koppelman of London-based streetwear organisation Gimme 5 has collaborated with Takahashi on one-offs and special projects for his hideout store since it opened in 1998. ‘At the time of the “scab” collection, some of Jun’s assistants came over to london,’ he anecdotalises, ‘and they told me that a lady selling fruit on oxford street came and gave them some bananas, because she thought they were homeless. They were happy, not only because of the random act of kindness, but also because it meant the clothes seemed real. That’s the difference between what Jun does and what others do; it’s not based on “yachting” or something, it’s based on street culture.
— koppelman on takahashi’s special projects

Undercover autumn / winter 1998-99

Exchange

Michael Koppelman of London-based streetwear organisation Gimme 5 has collaborated with Takahashi on one-offs and special projects for his hideout store since it opened in 1998. ‘At the time of the “scab” collection, some of Jun’s assistants came over to london,’ he anecdotalises, ‘and they told me that a lady selling fruit on oxford street came and gave them some bananas, because she thought they were homeless. They were happy, not only because of the random act of kindness, but also because it meant the clothes seemed real. That’s the difference between what Jun does and what others do; it’s not based on “yachting” or something, it’s based on street culture.

 koppelman on takahashi’s special projects


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