Issey Miyake has tapped a rising talent from within his studio — Satoshi Kondo — as the new designer of its women’s line. Kondo is to present his first collection in Paris on Sept. 27 during fashion week for the spring 2020 season.
Takahiko Ise, president of Issey Miyake Inc., revealed the appointment in a letter dated Sept. 3 and seen by WWD.
He noted that Yoshiyuki Miyamae, designer of the women’s collection since 2011, would now dedicate his time to “a new project within the company,” without providing any specifics.
“We look forward to sharing this new collection with you,” Ise added.
A graduate of the Ueda College of Fashion in Osaka, Japan, Kondo has worked at the Miyake company for 12 years, ultimately becoming lead designer of Pleats Please Issey Miyake. In 2016, he started working as lead designer of Homme Plissé Issey Miyake and a year later joined the Miyake Design Studio.
The founding designer of one of Japan’s most storied labels, who continues to oversee the creative process of all lines at the company, has always worked with a team mentality while giving talented designers new opportunities to develop.
Miyamae had succeeded Dai Fujiwara, who spent five years at the helm of the signature label. Miyamae joined the Miyake Design Studio in 2001 and had worked with Fujiwara on Miyake’s A-Poc Project as well as the house’s mainstay collection.