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Runway Archive: kolor, 2014

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Japanese brand kolor spring/summer 2014 collection was shown in Florence, as guest brand invited in the 84 edition of Pitti Uomo

The brand kolor debuted in 2004, designed by japanese designer Junichi Abe. Since the beginning, the label mixes various influences, from sportswear to military wear, to tailoring and traditional menswear. Junichi Abe is considered one of the most interesting contemporary designers. Abe studied at Tokyo’s prestigious Bunka Fashion College and went on working under Junya Watanabe at COMME des GARÇONS fashion house. Out from the ‘common grounds’ of fashion, Abe’s interests move between materials and construction, which are the strongest directions shaping his research and design process.

In 2013 he was invited as Guest Designer by Pitti to present his 2014 spring/summer collection – the one celebrating the first ten years of the label – during Pitti Uomo 84. About the choice, Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine Director of Communications and Events declared: ‘Over the past few seasons kolor’s classic, distinctive fluidity and lightness had developed into a mature project and become the heart and soul of men’s collections that are more structured and look at the men’s wardrobe with intelligence, precision and a touch of humor. We are fascinated by Junichi Abe’s determination in developing his brand, and in building a solid commercial venture on the basis of a very precise personal inspiration that has little interest in chasing mainstream fashion trends.’