Italian trend house Fendi has collaborated with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to style accessories that reference ancient Japanese craft techniques, which were introduced at Fendi’s most current menswear show.

The accessories have been showcased during Fendi’s Spring Summer 2024 menswear display, which took put in June at the Piuarch-made Fendi Factory for the duration of Pitti Uomo – a prestigious biannual menswear reasonable in Florence.

Kengo Kuma collaborated with Fendi

For the collaboration, Fendi’s Peekaboo bag, Baguette Smooth Trunk and Flow Sneakers ended up reinterpreted by Kuma employing purely natural materials and historic Japanese craft tactics.

A selection of the baggage were being manufactured utilizing waranshi, a hybrid of washi paper produced from cotton and tree bark fibres that is customarily employed across origami, lantern-earning and kimono detailing.

Photo of a Kengo Kuma-designed Fendi bag
Kuma employed traditional Japanese craft and building approaches

The waranshi is used as a gentle textural material and varieties the structural base of the bag. Its speckled, imperfect floor, which has visible similarities to handmade paper, is made use of as the ornamentation throughout the exterior of the bags.

The imperfect waranshi was used across the exterior of the Peekaboo bag, Baguette Comfortable Trunk and Movement trainers.

Photo of a tree bark fendi bag
Fendi’s Peekaboo bag was clad in tree bark

A second bag was made from pale birch bark, which the brand spelled out nodded to Fendi’s Pequin-stripe sample. The uncooked bark was applied throughout the exterior of the bag and has an inside body and components specifics manufactured from Tuscan olivewood.

“I’ve constantly assumed of Kengo Kuma as a grasp of naturalist architecture, he was 1 of the initial to comprehend the significance of setting up character into architecture equally inside of and outside the house,” claimed Fendi artistic director of accessories and menswear, Silvia Venturini Fendi.

“His work mixes the long term with his roots in a pretty important way. I experience a feeling of kinship with his Japanese solution to savoir-faire – I imagine it is these kinds of a sturdy shared value among Japan and Italy,” Fendi continued.

“Our partnership with Kengo Kuma generates not only a dialogue between Fendi and architecture but a discussion with yet another designer and their option of artisans and elements.”

Photo of trainers by Kengo Kuma at Fendi
The architect also built trainers

The internal structure of Fendi’s Peekaboo bag was constructed working with approaches referencing yatara ami weaving, a approach that uses fine bamboo pieces to develop woven lattice sorts.

This traditional weaving strategy was also used to tell the condition of the sole on the Stream trainers, in which Kuma established two types for the display that consisted of a recycled poly-cotton knit higher and a waranshi upper.

The architect also reimagined the Stream trainer completely, introducing a laced and zipped upper that was paired with a cork insole and a moulded sole in an undyed, biobased ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA).

Photos of trainers
The trainers employed comparable supplies

“It is critical that Fendi’s artistic initiatives continue on to improve outside of Italy, as we recognise that creativity at scale is by no means the function of just one person: it truly is a cooperation between palms and minds and unique talents and sources from close to the entire world,” claimed Silvia Venturini Fendi.

“Nature and craft have normally been at the centre of my work as an architect and a designer,” said Kengo Kuma. “When Fendi requested me to reflect on their baggage and footwear, I considered of them like small architectural tasks on a human scale.”

“I have remodeled some of Silvia Venturini Fendi’s signature men’s patterns with common Japanese tactics and products, exhibiting our shared passion for nature, lightness, and ground breaking structure.”

Photo of paper trainers
Kuma produced a variety of models

For Fendi’s Autumn Winter 2023 menswear clearly show, the model collaborated with Italian artist Nico Vascellari who transformed its headquarters into a “roller disco pinball machine” runway.

Extra recently at Paris Manner 7 days, Villa Eugénie produced a “mechanical back garden” for Dior’s Spring Summer season 2024 menswear clearly show.

The pictures is courtesy of Fendi.

By Amalia