Y-3 FYW S-97
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Y-3 FYW S-97

Yohji Yamamoto reimagines a landmark adidas style to create the Y-3 FYW S-97. Rooted in the archive, the shoe is expressed with the latest adidas technologies, including BOOST™ and Primeknit.

The new design boasts a flexible, multi-layer upper that is embroidered with the Yohji Yamamoto signature. The shoe’s unique black-and-white midsole references the Salvation, which, at its launch in 1997, was one of the first adidas running silhouettes to utilize Feet You Wear technology.

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Y-3 Limited Edition Collector's Box
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Y-3 drops a Limited Edition Box celebrating All Blacks, the New Zealand National Rugby team.


This limited-edition collector’s box contains the exclusive Y-3 iteration of the All Blacks team jersey. For its design, Yohji Yamamoto chose to interpret the team’s iconic fern logo in a textured, graphite-effect print, rendering the fern’s leaves as relentless and solid: qualities shared by the All Blacks. His artful interpretation also draws a link to Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement.
Along with the jersey is an exclusive take on the streamlined, one-piece Y-3 Raito Racer, expressed in a black fern-print jacquard with artwork on the tongue. The graphic features a Japanese cat talisman, Fuku Neko, who is a representation of Japanese guardianship – creating a link with mythical Māori creatures called kaitiaki, who guard and protect the population as New Zealand national rugby team players do with their jerseys. The resulting graphic is a meaningful interplay of the two cultures.
The box is limited to 300 pieces and will drop on September 23rd exclusively in Japan at Y-3 Isetan and Omotesando stores, Gr8 Tokyo and in New Zealand at Loaded.
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YOHJI YAMAMOTO
YOHJI YAMAMOTO
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Yohji Yamamoto is known for the avant-garde spirit of his clothing, His signature oversized silhouettes in black often feature drapery in varying textures.

Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. His mother was a dressmaker who had a shop in in Kabukicho (an amusement and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Shinjuku). After graduating, he realised a law career was not for him. “I didn’t want to join the ordinary society,” he told BoF. “So I told my mother after graduation…I want to help you.” Yamamoto’s mother agreed to let him work at her shop, saying he could learn from the sewing assistants. At her request, he also enrolled at Bunka Fashion College, now famous for training designers including Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe and Yamamoto himself.

After graduating from Bunka, he received a prize to go to Paris for a year, but it was back in Japan that Yamamoto began to discover his true voice as a designer. He set up a small ready-to-wear company that slowly acquired buyers in all the major cities in Japan. The success turned his thoughts back to Paris, and at the beginning of the 1980s Yamamoto returned to the French capital to open his first shop.

Since then, Yamamoto has developed a dedicated global following. His two main lines Yohji Yamamoto and Y's are stocked in high-end department stores worldwide and, in 2007, clocked sales above $100 million, according to the company. Yamamoto's other lines include Pour Homme, Costume d'Homme and Regulation Yohji Yamamoto.

Yamamoto has been recognised for his contributions to fashion with awards including the Chevalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, the Ordre national du Mérite, the Royal Designer for Industry and the Master of Design award by Fashion Group International.
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