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Issey Miyake appoints new creative director of womenswear

Issey Miyake has promoted Satoshi Kondo

Luxury fashion brand Issey Miyake has promoted Satoshi Kondo to the role of womenswear creative director, according to multiple industry reports.

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The Japanese designer will present his first collection in Paris on September 27, as part of fashion week for the spring 2020 season.

Kondo, who most recently served as a designer in the house’s design studio, has taken over from previous creative head, Yoshiyuki Miyamae, who served as the design head at the brand for eight years.

Miyamae took up the role in 2011, before making his creative director debut for spring 2012 at Paris fashion week. It is not clear where Miyamae is headed to now, following his departure.

Miyamae had succeeded Dai Fujiwara, who spent five years at the helm of the label.

A graduate of the Ueda Yasuko Fashion College, Kondo completed the school’s Fashion Creator Industry Masters course in 2007.

From here, the design protégé went on to work for Issey Miyake, being trained under the designer himself, gaining experience in garment production, before leading Pleats Please Issey Miyake, which was founded by the label in 1993.

In 2016, he started working as lead designer of Homme Plissé Issey Miyake, before joining the Miyake Design Studio in 2017, according to U.S. media reports.

The news follows last year’s promotion of Takahiko Ise to the role of president at the Japanese ready-to-wear label, effective October 1.

Ise, who was previously in charge of the house’s production department, took over from former president Masakatsu Nagatani, who remains active in the company as an advisor, Japanese media reported at the time.

At the same time, Issey Miyake also announced the appointments of Koji Usui and Keisuke Harukiya as managing directors.

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Founded by Issey Miyake in 1970, the brand presented its first collection in New York in 1971.

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