A Retrospective on Kohshin Satoh

Menswear designer Kohshin Satoh is celebrated for his striking and original creations. Creations that challenged and went beyond established preconceptions.

A household name in and outside Japan, it should come as no surprise that Satoh has had an enduring and rich career in the world of fashion.

After nearly 40 years of designing, with over 40 collections to his name following the launch of Arrston Volaju in 1975, his sharp designs have gone from strength to strength. Gaining more presence, more acclaim and more attitude.

It was not long after the debut of Arrston Volaju that his first collection was unveiled in Tokyo in 1983 at the Buddhist Aoyama Baiso-in temple. This collection and the ones thereafter bought Satoh much attention, and it was his Paris Pret-A-Porter Collections and his New York Pret-A-Porter Collection though in 1986 and 1987 that bought the trend-setting Satoh approval from his peers and beyond.

Artist Andy Warhol was a huge fan of Satoh’s unique blend of creativity and jazz legend Miles Davis was an avid fan and supporter of the designer.

Artist Andy Warhol was a huge fan of Satoh’s unique blend of creativity and jazz legend Miles Davis was an avid fan and supporter of the designer. In his autobiography Miles boldly asserts, “I’m dressed in a Japanese designer Kohshin Satoh’s hip, long black waistcoat with tails. It had this red snake on the back trimmed in white sequins. I also had on two vests made by Kohshin, one red and the other white broadcloth, and I had silver chains crossing this, and some shiny black leather pants.”

Described as being ‘freshly bohemian’. It is fair to say that Kohshin Satoh’s signature style conjures a sense of luxury entwined with streetwear.  Also partaking in interior and graphic design, the designer has always had a talent for crafting cutting-edge designs. Naturally, this passion has been manifested and will continue to be cultivated in his designs.

By Paula Pennant.

 

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