Jun Takahashi is a founder and head designer of cult Japanese label ‘Undercover’. Born in Kiryu, Gunma prefecture, Japan in September 1969, Takahashi studied Fashion Design at the Bunka Academy of Fashion. During his study period, he founded the ‘Undercover’ brand with his friend and classmate, Nigo (who now heads the inconic Japanese streetwear label ‘A Bathing Ape’). Following his graduation in 1991, Takahashi continued to develop his Undercover label and showcased his A/W ’94-’95 collection in Tokyo in March 2004. In October 2002, his Undercover S/S ’03 collection debuted during Paris Fashion Week. By 2003, Takahashi had received two prestigious prizes, awarded by the Japanese daily newspaper ‘Mainichi’. Takahashi has become renowned for his unique sense of street fashion and his use of ‘weird and wonderful’ references, ranging from flower bouquets, Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”, taxidermy and Japanese Manga art. The Undercover label has received support and enthusiasm from notable designers including Miuccia Prada and Rei Kawakubo and writer Suzy Menkes, who recently hailed Takahashi ‘the essence of Japanese cool’. Takahashi works from his Tokyo-based design studio entitled the ‘Undercoverlab’ that was designed by the Klein Dytham archirectural group in 2001 and continues to show as part of the official Paris Fashion Week schedule. As well as twelve stores in locations including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tokyo. the Undercover label also occupies a ‘stall’ at Rei Kawakubo’s retail concept ‘Dover Street’ in London. In 2005, Takahashi was invited by Canon to create an Undercover limited-edition digital camera case and in 2006, was chosen to guest edit the June edition of the Belgian ‘A Magazine’.
To view the Undercover Collection, visit Undercover at Anastasia