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What survives in the end is not the strongest, nor the cleverest. According to Charles Darwin, what will ultimately survive is that which can change.

A scientist once said that people and things are all materializations of energy. And, as the saying goes, it is perfectly natural for birds of a feather to flock together. At times, these accumulations of like entities produce a strong magnetic field. Within these groupings, each entity has its own story and is striving towards its own end result.




Recently in Japan, the fields of art and design have been fairing better than fashion. During these times of chaos and uncertainty, things that were able to fit into a solid framework were considered as unnecessary. It also seemed as though the consensus was that things needed to change.
We ended up catching a glimpse of how things would end up changing. Creation is an intrinsic aspect of humanity, and we peeked in at this aspect from the temporal axis of the future. What we saw was the repeating collapse of boundaries linked to creative processes. And we also saw the repeated refinement of creativity following each collapse.

The time to intermediately destroy the domains and concepts that humanity and time have solidified may be at hand.

Taking into consideration the present era, we will remove the barriers that we have constructed up until now. The result may not be new at all. However, the content will be different.


There are also a number of designers taking stage that rely on elements such as fabric rather than shape as methods to differentiate their work from other products.

According to Patrick Ryan, a designer of the domestic brand Yab-Yum, the current age is one in which the answer to "what is fashionable" is concealed and not clearly defined.

Is it time to go so far as to destroy our existing cognitive framework, which is unable to handle each and every phenomenon? What shape will the new concept of minimalism take with respect to the next era, and where will it come from?

We have encountered a positive world in which light has been shed upon these types of questions.


To put it simply, a straightforward relationship takes precedence over a local or organic process. There is a new wind blowing in the fashion industry, which appeared as though it had used up all of its options. In the midst of these fluctuations in our world, the young generation of Japan is going back to its roots. This fact, in itself, occasionally was what led to a remarkable awareness with respect to recognition of the entity known as Japan.
The name of the domestic brand Yab-Yum comes from a Nepalese word that means "love and compassion" and signifies the harmonization of the energy between a man and a woman. Yab-Yum stoically pursues the answer to the question of how to continue expressing our fantasies and philosophies through a brand in the midst of Tokyo's rapidly changing fashion world. These stances manifest themselves in the Yab-Yum's life's work, and the strong support for this brand over the years is a testament to its popularity.


The three young designers of the creative unit for which Yab-Yum acts as an advisor for, homo-Faber, work along with Yab-Yum and produce a variety of creations within the realms of fashion and art.

The members of this unit, who question products made up until now that have been geared towards the masses, turn out items made by hand work - the essence of production. These items are cutting away at the "now" and making way for a new tide.

The designers behind homo-Faber are former students who majored in Fashion Design at the Department of Stenography, Display and Fashion Design of Musashino Art University, where Patrick Ryan, who we mentioned before, is a professor.


In Japan, the places at which creators are active and areas in which they provide support are far removed the public. In fact, the reason that Patrick shares Yab-Yum's company store is because he wants to provide young designers with a place to practice their trade. The designers who received the highest praise from the collections produced from the 2008 final thesis project took the spotlight, and were able to advance from concept to storefront. Having actual designers take turns standing at the front of the store was an idea that Patrick and his designing partner Mami Yoshida came up with.
Such a style is still unique to this industry, in which the trend is to take something and analyze it in a number of different ways from left to right and from top to bottom. To tell the truth, it is our hope that individuals affiliated with the fashion industry who sincerely hope to reconstruct the industry read at least this paragraph. Designers who have worked within the framework of homo-Faber up until this season are now branching out into their own directions. In particular, three brands that represent creations which express an even more elevated level of individuality and originality - fiiju, Yantor, and jantar mantar viator - have come to the forefront in order to carry on the torch passed on by Yab-Yum into the next generation.
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