12 Apr 2016

Yohji Yamamoto has created the brand’s first ever revival collection for JOYCE. Revisiting shapes and techniques used for the SS’95 Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme collection, Yamamoto’s recurring thematic of functionality over decorative prevails, with the traditional Japanese “Sashiko” stitching technique being prevalent throughout the collection. Originally, The Sashiko technique, literally meaning “little stabs”, was used to simply reinforce worn and thinning areas of a garment as a temporary repair. More recently, this running stitch technique has been adopted for purely decorative purposes seen in quilting and embroidery.

Sashiko stitching represents the rawest aspect of embroidery. Yamamoto’s interest in the technique derives from the initial aim being to above all else mend garments; a much stronger solution than sporadic patching.

“Today, clothing has become such a consumptive product, just like everything else on the market. Consumers treat it like perishable fruit that won’t last more than a few weeks. You barely have time to appreciate the garment before one trend solicits you to the next.

– Yohji Yamamoto

The Sashiko technique is a reminder of times when people cherished each piece of clothing. These garments were of great value to them, endearing an empathic attachment with continued use. In other words, the decorative aspect of all mending techniques stems from an emotional attachment to the garment, inspiring embellishment of the garment in the process of repair.

Sashiko stitching has been painstakingly applied to a capsule collection including two styles of wool gabardine jackets, three styles of broad cotton shirts and two styles of trousers.

Select pieces including two hand-painted watercolour style flower print shirts, are exclusive to JOYCE only to be found at our Central, Harbour City and Plaza 66 stores.