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Yohji Yamamoto for Sale?

The Japanese designer smiled as he took his bow wearing a jacket with the words "For Sale" stitched onto the back.

SIGN OF THE TIMES?: Was Yohji Yamamoto sending a message at his men’s show in Paris on Thursday? The Japanese designer smiled as he took his bow wearing a jacket with the words “For Sale” stitched onto the back. Like the models that paraded before him, he was sporting a fake black eye. A spokeswoman declined requests for a backstage interview, saying that Yamamoto was hosting a cocktail gathering immediately after the show.

Yohji Yamamoto Inc. has been in the hands of Japanese private equity fund Integral Corp. since filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

This story first appeared in the June 29, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.