How Jun Takahashi Went From Punk Outsider to Influential Designer

How Jun Takahashi Went From Punk Outsider to Influential Designer

What started out as a dream in 1993 has transcended into one of the most prominent fashion labels in the world. With collaborations with Valentino to redesigning Sanrio’s infamous Hello Kitty, Undercover’s reach is far and wide. Driven by the motto “we make noise not clothes”, progress is paramount and the label never strays from creating bold pieces that take to their rebellious punk roots.

For thirty years Jun has embodied punk culture. Collections like “Scab”, “Grace”, and “Earmuffmaniac” exemplify his artistry and tailoring skills demonstrating that Jun’s mind goes far beyond his punk origins. Keeping an open mind and not limiting himself to one avenue, Jun has gone on to work with some of the world's largest companies in the world, including Nike and Medicom, with who he still collaborates regularly.

Designers have explored the bond between style and music, but few designers have understood that connection like Takahashi. His work is more than just an ode to punk, it recontextualizes a subculture into something contemporary and groundbreaking.
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