Japanese fashion designer Fumito Ganryu, who worked under Rei Kawakubo at Comme des des Garçons, is launching his eponymous label at menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Launching at the June edition of Pitti Uomo, Ganryu’s collection is being billed as an exploration of the “ever-closer relationship between body and clothes,” on the trade show’s website, which it adds will reveal the “pure essence” of Ganryu’s personal style, as well as a new interpretation of modern and conceptual aesthetics for the 21st century.

“It is an honour for me to have this wonderful opportunity to debut at Pitti Uomo,” said the designer on the Pitti Uomo website. “I will do my best to express my vision taking it to new directions.”

Ganryu graduated from Bunka Fashion College in 2000, and developed his career at Comme des Garçons, starting as a pattern maker for Junya Watanabe. In 2007, he launched his own menswear line, Ganryu for Comme des Garçons, featuring a streetwear style inspired by workwear basics.

In addition to debuting the Fumito Ganryu label as part of the ‘Designer Project’, Pitti Uomo will also feature Craig Green as menswear guest designer, Roberto Cavalli as a special guest, and the ‘Fanatic Feelings — Fashion Plays Football’ exhibition, curated by contemporary art critic Francesco Bonami, and Markus Ebner, founder of German fashion magazines Achtung and Sepp Football Fashion.

Pitti Uomo will take place in Florence from June 12-15.


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