The Supreme and Junya Watanabe rumors are true! Inspired by designer Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons Man archival pieces, the collection consists of a Schott leather pea coat; Gore-Tex denim parka and pants; an army green puffer, cargo pants and backpack making use of patchwork, a Watanabe design signature; work jacket and pants; camo sweater; long-sleeve shirt; short-sleeve striped top; two hoodies and sweatpants; two t-shirts; five-panel cap; beanie and keychain.
Supreme has been partnering primarily with Comme Des Garçons Shirt since 2013. As well, Dover Street Market, which is owned by Comme Des Garçons creative director Rei Kawakubo and her husband Adrian Joffe, is the only wholesale account that carries Supreme.
Born in 1961 in Fukushima, Japan, Watanabe attended Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and began a patternmaking apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons shortly after graduating in 1984. Watanabe went on to design Tricot Comme des Garçons, the label’s knitwear division and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. He launched his eponymous collection in 1992 while continuing to design for Comme Des Garçons.
Reflecting a recent spike in interest in Japanese designers and their archives, Watanabe was recently celebrated by Ye aka Kanye West‘s with the single “Junya” from his recently released Donda album.
Watanabe is widely appreciated for his skill for combining innovative construction with an unexpected range of materials. His fall 2016 collection featured solar powered trench coats and intricately pleated geometric garments fashioned from polyurethane-bonded fabrics used in car interiors. At the same time, Watanabe is a fan of working off of classic silhouettes such as leather jackets, striped sailor shirts, denim chore jackets and army surplus.
Supreme and Junya Watanabe’s Comme des Garçons Homme capsule will launch on November 4, 2021 at physical stores and on supremenewyork.com at 11:00 AM EST or BST depending on the geography. The collection will launch on November 6th in Japan.
Check out some campaign images below.