Not long since it’s collaboration with Timberland, Supreme are now teaming up with JUNYA WATANABE COMME des GARÇONS MAN. In a brief rundown, the fashion designer Junya Watanabe was born in 1961 in Japan, and began a pattern-making apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons shortly after graduating from fashion school in 1984. Watanabe then went on to design tricot Comme des Garçons, before debuting his eponymous collection in 1992.
Since then, the designer has shown consistent collections for his own label, COMME des GARÇONS, and has been co-signed by Ye on Donda – and Supreme has taken note. Despite not disclosing inspirations for the collection, eagle-eyed fans online have noted similarities between standout archival Watanabe pieces and key pieces in the new collection.
One of Watanabe’s core elements are his poem designs, printed on everything from cargos to jeans to tops throughout the years. Supreme have picked this classic Watanabe motif up – including its own poem pieces rendered in Supreme’s Futura Heavy Oblique typeface, patchworked militaria, and even some GORE-TEX outerwear, seemingly in homage to Watanabe’s most coveted designs.
Other traceable similarities include a distressed camo knit from Watanabe’s womenswear AW06 collection reincarnated as a fuzzy camo Supreme crewneck, as well as a blue tartan quilted jacket from Watanabe AW14, reworked as a bomber of the same material with Supreme.
The utilitarian style collection also features a range of jackets which include a Schott Leather Peacoat; GORE-TEX Denim Parka and a Patchwork Puffy Jacket. Cargo Pants, sweatshirts, accessories and more complete the drop, which is set to release this Thursday November 4 at 11am EDT. Will you be setting your alarms?