Ahead of New York Fashion Week last September, WWD shortlisted Manonik as a brand to watch off the runway. There were a number of reasons for it — namely designer Yoshiyuki Minami’s seamless ability to weave pillars of sustainability, labor-intensive textile design and slow, considered production into a genderless, artful collection. His process relies heavily on the loom, where both intentional imperfections and spontaneous snags are not only commonplace, but a hallmark to Minami’s design m.o.
Last summer, the textile artist was experimenting with local and internationally sourced fibers such as hemp and silk-covered steel to create his own unique fabric swatches, simultaneously utilizing discarded threads with an eye toward zero waste production. To recall just how laborious a process Minami undertakes, fibers can take up to a year to become available, and once so, will require the designer about four months of nonstop weaving to craft a 12-piece collection.
A French knot jacket and German paper leather kilt from Manonik’s 2020 collection.
His 2020 collection, which he debuted during Paris men’s market, has utilized almost all the swatches he was toying with (roughly seven). Not classified to any gender, pieces focus on tailoring, oversize fits and ease to wear despite their
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