Jonathan Adler and his partner Simon Doonan, Barneys creative ambassador at large, are in Tokyo celebrating the launch of Adler’s collection of limited-edition polo shirts for Lacoste. The collaboration is the sixth in the brand’s Holiday Collector’s Series. The shirts, available for both men and women, feature Adler’s signature “happy chic” aesthetic, with Lacoste’s iconic logo reimagined in brightly colored needlepoint. “When I think of Lacoste, I think of American preppy country club style, and the preppiest hobby in America is needlepoint,” the designer said at a talk in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The collection is currently on display at the Mercedes-Benz showroom and event space, where Adler hosted a reception on Wednesday evening. Local creative types and fashion insiders sipped white wine and ate American style cupcakes while checking out the polos and chatting with the couple. Adler and Doonan will also be mingling with fans and customers during two promotional events at Barney’s Ginza and Shinjuku locations. Both men had nothing but positive words for Japan and its people.
“I love Japan. Everything inspires me here,” Adler said. “Your sense of craft and pottery and color and composition is incredible and inspiring, and I absolutely love, love, love Japanese design.” Doonan expressed similar sentiments, saying he thinks of Japan as “this volcano of raging fire of creativity” which he said might exist because of Japan’s notoriously structured society and culture. “People break free of that structure and create extraordinary things,” he said.