Issey Miyake debuted his first collection in New York in 1971 and began participating in Paris Fashion Week from 1973. His unique concept of clothing as "A Piece Of Cloth" was widely acclaimed throughout the world from the very beginning. An inexhaustible explorer, he has continued to open up new horizons for making clothes through research, experimentation and development while reimagining the relationship between the human body and clothing.

With a resolute determination of moving ever forward, Miyake has brought forth several epoch-making outcomes, including original pleated pieces from 1989, which would later develop into PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE, and the basic idea and process of A-POC in 1997, this time in collaboration with Dai Fujiwara, which would soon evolve into a design solution called A-POC INSIDE which was incorporated into the ISSEY MIYAKE collections as well as in all other brands owned by the ISSEY MIYAKE group.

Placing a high value on fostering various human resources and innovative technologies in the industry since the foundation of the brand, Miyake's spirit of making things has been passed on to a new generation of designers, past and present. It is Yoshiyuki Miyamae and his team of designers at the helm of the ISSEY MIYAKE Women's collection since the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. They are taking on further challenges with fresh eyes and new ideas, while combining traditional Japanese techniques with new technologies.

The collection was first released in 1976 together with the women's line, and became a men's collection in 1978. In 1985, the brand individually showed a men's collection at Paris Fashion Week. Starting with the Spring and Summer 2012 Collection, the brand name was changed to ISSEY MIYAKE MEN, and Yusuke Takahashi and his team have been placed in charge of creating it since Spring Summer 2014 Collection. By setting functionality and comfort of wear as the basic concept, the brand is able to constantly transmit new messages throughout the world.

'Pleats' was introduced into ISSEY MIYAKE in 1989, and has been developed every season thereafter. By 1993, it was ready to be launched as a complete and stand-alone brand and appeared as PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE for the Spring-Summer collection.

This is a line that is positioned to embody one of the most fundamental concepts of Issey Miyake - where the true value of design lies in its integration into the everyday life and comfort of the wearer. This is clearly demonstrated in the development and evolution of traditional techniques of processing and of pleating material into a highly functional modern product - light in weight and easy to wear and handle. This revolutionary concept has won the respect and admiration of women throughout the world and contributed to the growth of an iconic brand - an ingenious fusion of creation, technology and business.

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE, a brand created by Issey Miyake, proposes new men’s clothing for a contemporary lifestyle. The brand applies three concepts, aiming to create clothes that make the wearer appear more active and energetic, and to invite new discoveries.

PLEATS: Pleating process that creates comfortable stretchability and functionality.
PRODUCT: Clothing as a “product” created with both design and engineering in mind.
PRESENT: Everyday clothes that are flexible enough to meet diverse contemporary life situations.

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE is a brand of new clothing for the contemporary man, made possible by the development of Issey Miyake’s original pleating technology. The line has not only chosen the wrinkle-resistant and quick-drying fabrics, but also uses uniform pleats in order to prevent the garments from clinging to the skin. As a result, the clothes are comfortable, easy to care for, and lightweight. In addition to the original ISSEY MIYAKE “garment pleating” process, whereby the pleating process takes place after the garment is cut-and-sewn into its final shape, this line has launched a series of jackets that are sewn after the fabric is pleated. This process creates a more architectural structure and gives the jackets, and other items, beautiful forms and accentuates their functionality.

HaaT emerged from the AUTUMN WINTER collections of 2000, and is named out of a threefold play on words with different meanings. The first is 'HaaT' which means 'village market' in Sanskrit - symbolizing a collection that includes a diverse range of techniques, textiles and aesthetics. The second is 'Heart' - referring to the traditional and established methods behind current day fashions. The third - 'HaaTH' is the Sanskrit word for 'hands' and conveys the subtle nuances that arise from the collaboration between design emanating from Japan, and the craftsmanship from India.

HaaT's creative director is Makiko Minagawa, who made her mark as textile director for ISSEY MIYAKE from the company's inception. Simply stated, the HaaT brand offers clothing and accessories that intimately convey the warmth of the artisan's hand with the assurance of everlasting enjoyment.

"132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE", developed by Issey Miyake and his Reality Lab. team, is both a new label and a new evolution of "A Piece Of Cloth".

The process by which the clothing is made is groundbreaking, using a mathematical algorithm: first, a variety of three-dimensional shapes are conceived in collaboration with a computer scientist; then, these shapes are folded into two dimensional forms with pre-set cutting lines that determine their finished shape; and finally, they are heat-pressed, to yield folded shirts, skirts, dresses etc. These clothes are significant not only for the process by which they were made but because they are also made using recycled PET products, sometimes in combination with other recycled fibers.

"132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE" is Miyake's new creative challenge based on the ideas of "Regeneration and Re-creation" and a continuation of his perpetual search for new ways by which to make "clothes that bring joy and happiness to wearers".

Both light and soft, it folds, accommodates and transforms itself after handling to create dramatic new shapes. BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE is a line of bags and pouches with the theme of "shapes made by chance." It features a flexible functionality perfect for busy modern lifestyles. Since its inception in 2000, it has established a unique array of products through its pursuit of shapes born out of simple pieces and diverse materials.

Using fabric made from improved recycled polyester fiber and forms developed by applying three-dimensional mathematical principles, the new 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE clothes were born in autumn 2010.

In the development process of the 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE project, attempts to explore design from a broader viewpoint - not just limited to clothing - evolved into the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE lighting products. The production of the lighting products involved not only the latest technology, but also the work by human hands. And, at the base of the products' concept is the traditional Japanese esthetics about the relationship between light and shadow (in-ei). The three-dimensional form concept developed by 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE was used in creating the lampshades, and the original material with excellent shape retention and light transmission qualities was developed.

ISSEY MIYAKE PARFUMS is a collection that was co-developed with Beauté Prestige International in France. The first fragrance, L’ EAU D’ ISSEY, was born in 1992. The idea for this scent, whose name means ‘water’ , was conceived of by Miyake, who saw water as both the greatest material, as well as the greatest source for inspiration. It has had a remarkable influence upon the world of perfume.

The Miyake Design Studio supervises the creative direction for the fragrance at every stage, from the initial concept to bottle design, naming, graphics, package design, marketing tools, and publicity.

Issey Miyake’ s philosophy has never deviated. His goals are to create fragrances that convey a message, to inspire people with hope for a bright future, to present simple yet functional bottle designs that are at once accessible and universal, while never losing a sense of wonder.As with our clothing design, we continue to create new fragrances that are not only pertinent to our lifestyles, but are also founded in pure essentials.

The Watch project has been evolving since 2001, pairing Seiko Nextage Co.,Ltd. (Formerly named Seiko Instruments Inc.) with the creative direction of the Miyake Design Studio. There have been eight designers involved in the project to date, each of whom has created a watch true to the spirit of Issey Miyake, interpreted in their voice. The designers are always faced with the challenge of creating a fresh design, as well as an analogue watch, that will be made in Japan. The designers also create their own package design. The collaborative efforts of the trios comprised of designer, Seiko Nextage and the Miyake Design Studio continue to result in beautiful, functional designs, each of which is distinct and affordable.