10 Best Japanese Streetwear Brands

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Bryce was born in California, but raised from the age of 3 near Seattle, Washington. He’s been living in Tokyo for about 7 years, and graduated from Temple University, Japan with degrees in economics and international business. He loves traveling of course, but also cooking, snowboarding, some video games as well. His biggest interest is songwriting/music production, more specifically electronic music… (think Skrillex, Marshmello, Daft Punk, etc.) He also has terrible humor as you’ll notice, but he hopes you’ll enjoy it!

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Japan is a hotbed of creativity, where fashion transcends mere clothing to become an art form. Streetwear culture in Japan is vibrant, dynamic, and constantly evolving, with an array of brands pushing boundaries and setting trends globally. From avant-garde designs to minimalist elegance, Japanese streetwear brands offer something for every fashion enthusiast. Japan is a country that typically takes their manufacturing and meticulousness to unprecedented levels; this reputation in the hands of fashion designers is undeniably impressive and groundbreaking. Let’s dive into the world of Japanese street fashion and explore the top brands that define this electrifying scene.

1. Comme Des Garçons

Founded by the visionary designer Rei Kawakubo, Comme Des Garçons is renowned for its avant-garde approach to fashion, as well as its unique heart motif. The brand challenges conventional norms with its deconstructed silhouettes, asymmetrical designs, and bold experimentation with textures and fabrics. Comme Des Garçons pieces are not just garments; they are wearable works of art that provoke thought and inspire creativity. From the streets of Tokyo to the runways of Paris, Comme Des Garçons is a symbol of innovation and individuality.

2. Yohji Yamamoto

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Yohji Yamamoto is synonymous with Japanese minimalism and architectural precision. With a focus on monochromatic palettes and oversized silhouettes, Yamamoto’s designs exude a sense of effortless coolness and understated elegance. Each piece is meticulously crafted to blur the lines between fashion and functionality, offering a timeless appeal that transcends trends. Whether it’s his iconic draped coats or avant-garde dresses, Yohji Yamamoto’s creations are coveted by fashion aficionados worldwide.

3. Issey Miyake

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Issey Miyake revolutionized the fashion industry with his innovative approach to fabric manipulation and garment construction. Inspired by nature and technology, Miyake’s designs celebrate fluidity, movement, and versatility. From his iconic pleated garments to his experimental textiles, Issey Miyake’s creations embody a sense of playful sophistication. Whether you’re strolling through the bustling streets of Shibuya or attending a gallery opening in New York City, Issey Miyake’s designs make a statement wherever you go.

4. Kenzo

Kenzo Takada’s eponymous brand, Kenzo, is a celebration of bold colors, eclectic prints, and cultural fusion. Drawing inspiration from his Japanese heritage and global travels, Takada imbues his collections with a sense of wanderlust and joie de vivre. Kenzo’s iconic tiger motif and vibrant floral prints have become emblematic of the brand’s youthful energy and rebellious spirit. Whether you’re exploring Tokyo’s trendiest neighborhoods or dancing the night away in Ibiza, Kenzo’s eclectic designs are sure to turn heads wherever you go.

5. Maison Mihara Yasuhiro


Maison Mihara Yasuhiro seamlessly blends streetwear aesthetics with high fashion sensibilities, creating garments that are at once edgy and sophisticated. Yasuhiro’s designs often feature unexpected juxtapositions, such as combining tailored suiting with distressed denim or athletic wear with luxurious fabrics. Each piece tells a story of urban exploration and individual expression, making Maison Mihara Yasuhiro a favorite among fashion-forward trendsetters. One of the most iconic lines are the sneakers featuring an abstractly-shaped sole, certainly a claim to fame for the brand.

6. Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe’s label is synonymous with innovation, craftsmanship, and a fearless approach to design. Known for his masterful manipulation of materials and unexpected collaborations, Watanabe’s collections push the boundaries of conventional fashion. Each piece is a testament to Watanabe’s creative genius and avant-garde vision. Watanabe’s brand was stunted by his time and experience of being at Comme Des Garçons, which is certainly an indicator as to why his works are so innovative.

7. Undercover

Undercover, founded by Jun Takahashi, is revered for its subversive aesthetic and punk-inspired sensibilities. Takahashi’s designs often feature unexpected details, such as hidden messages and cryptic symbols, adding an element of mystery and intrigue. From graphic tees to oversized outerwear, Undercover’s pieces exude a sense of nonconformity and defiance. The brand is somewhat recent in when compared to some of these other brands being founded in 1993, so its blend of retro and future blend seamlessly in a classy way,

8. Sacai

Sacai, helmed by designer Chitose Abe, is celebrated for its innovative approach to hybrid fashion. Blurring the lines between masculine and feminine, sportswear and tailoring, as well as casual and formal, Abe’s designs are a testament to her ingenuity and creativity. From oversized bombers to deconstructed knitwear, Sacai’s pieces are as versatile as they are stylish, offering endless possibilities for self-expression.

9. Junko Shimada

Junko Shimada’s brand is renowned for its whimsical designs and playful aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from art, culture, and everyday life, Shimada’s collections are a celebration of color, pattern, and enjoyment of life. It’s no wonder that she designed pieces for Lady Gaga and the 2020 olympics. With a focus on feminine silhouettes and eye-catching details, Junko Shimada’s pieces exude a sense of charm and elegance. She has been in the game a long time and is as relevant as ever.

10. Anrealage

Anrealage, founded  by designer Kunihiko Morinaga, is renowned and award winning for its conceptual approach to fashion and innovative use of technology. With a focus on avant-garde silhouettes and experimental textiles, Anrealage’s collections challenge traditional notions of clothing and identity. Morinaga’s designs often feature optical illusions, hidden messages, and interactive elements, creating a sense of wonder and intrigue. From oversized hoodies to sculptural dresses, Anrealage’s pieces are as thought-provoking as they are stylish, inviting viewers to question the nature of reality and perception. Being a fairly recent addition to the scene and combined with its high acclaim, it’s safe to say it’s a brand that’s here to stay and make waves.

Japanese streetwear brands are not just about clothing; they are about self-expression, creativity, and individuality. From avant-garde designs to playful prints, each brand offers a unique perspective on contemporary fashion that resonates with the spirit of the streets. Whether you’re a seasoned fashion aficionado or simply looking to make a statement, Japanese streetwear brands provide endless inspiration and endless possibilities for self-expression. So why blend in when you can stand out? Embrace the bold, the daring, and the unconventional, and let your style speak volumes on the vibrant streets of Japan.

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