Comme des Garçons & Mikimoto: pearls with a unisex twist

Comme des Garçons & Mikimoto: pearls with a unisex twist

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The first Comme des Garçons fine jewellery collaboration.

Comme des Garçons creates with Mikimoto a collection that is an exercise in creativity to bring out the beauty of pearls. For the first fine jewellery collaboration in its history, Comme des Garçons has linked up with Mikimoto, the 127-year-old company whose founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, invented the world’s first exceptional cultured pearls, to put a new twist on the pearl necklace. The result is a collection comprising seven silver designs with an edgy undercurrent based around White South Sea or Akoya Mikimoto pearls.  As Comme’s founder and designer Rei Kawakubo reveals: “Pearls line up alongside diamonds in terms of value. Myriad stories spring to mind concerning pearls” And for Comme Garçons what better way to challenge the status quo than by making something associated with feminine dress something worn by men? “Recently, I’ve noticed how men also look good when they wear pearls,” added Rei Kawakubo. Indeed, glimpses of the seven-piece collection were on display during Comme’s autumn/winter 2020 men’s fashion show last week. For the first time in its history, Comme launches a high jewelery collection with a partner that is also Japanese and famous all over the world for his pearls. “I liked the idea of ​​putting together a traditional company like Mikimoto, with its 150 years of history and a reality like ours, always ready to break the rules: it’s the best way to get something new” adds the designer. The Mikimoto Comme des Garçons will last two-year merging two apparent opposites: a fashion house with a commitment to ungendered, unconventional design with the pearl brand’s legacy for classical craftsmanship and materials. Along with the fashion history Chanel was one of the first fashion houses to realise the value of jewellery as part of its collection. The same Coco Chanel pioneered the role of costume jewellery as a key component of her fashion looks. Altohough Kawakubo has long created costume jewellery for her Comme collections, but Joffe rejected the idea that the brand is following in the recent deluge of footsteps of fashion houses to enter the upper echelons of the jewellery category. Adrian Joffe underlined that he and Kawakubo are no strangers to the category, having developed a strong fine jewellery selection at Dover Street Market over the years and that the collaboration was a natural step.

The Mikimoto Comme des Garçons collection is available at Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market stores internationally and Mikimoto’s flagship stores in Japan, with prices ranging from £2,500 to £30,000.

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