This past January, Teppei Fujita, designer of the brand "sulvam", was invited to Florence, Italy to show his collection at Pitti Immagine Uomo, the world's largest platform for men's fashion and accessories.
Fujita launched his brand in 2014 and quickly began collecting accolades in the industry, opening doors to Fashion Week Tokyo and a showroom in Paris. No one denies the designer is on the rise, and he is only gaining momentum.
Fujita worked under legendary Yohji Yamamoto for seven years as pattern-maker, turning Yamamoto's innovative designs into garment patterns. His education, received directly from the master, includes not just a solid foundation in garment-making, but a rebellious spirit toward a stagnant society.
Rooted firmly in tailored clothing, Fujita is on a constant pursuit to tear down walls between mode and street styles. Coming into his own, he has achieved a look that is not defined by genre or even gender, as proven by the female models striding down his runway in clothes designed for men.
Fujita has always looked to cities such as Paris, London and New York as destinations to test his skills, and this January, his invitation to Italy proved to be a big step in the direction of his dreams. We head backstage from the collection's production to the Italy show, as Tokyo rebel Teppei Fujita storms Europe with a passionate vision.
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Filming in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office.
Nothing about the building stands out in particular, except that it's massive!
The skies were clear on this relatively warm day for winter, and it appears the birds were enjoying the weather too. Can you see them lined up on the branch above Marie?
This shot may look peaceful, but the crew had to be on its toes so as not to fall victim to the barrage of bird droppings. We raced to get the shot!
Fujita's office is near a highway entrance. The highways here criss-cross and run to and fro between the sky-high buildings... no surprise to learn that film director Andrei Tarkovsky filmed the futuristic scenes of his 1972 movie Solaris in this city.
In Fujita's office, Marie quickly spotted a silver bustier top with frayed ends. Extremely versatile, it can be worn around the waist or pulled up to the chest, on bare skin or over a shirt. Marie loved the urban look with a wild frayed feel.
- Producer Yoyo