Everyone knows NIGO. I Know NIGO. You know NIGO. He’s a famous clothing designer, that’ll happen. But did you know he’s also a die-hard vintage clothing archivist?
I like to think it’s fairly common knowledge among those who know NIGO that the Human Made founder is a big fan of old clothes. His obsession for fastidiously reproducing retro garments spills out into his own brand, into NIGO’s Levi’s collabs into KENZO, into the Louis Vuitton collection that NIGO designed with Virgil Abloh.
NIGO doesn’t pretend to make progressive menswear unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. That’s not the point. He prefers to create wearable, versatile stuff that you come back to day after day, no-nonsense clobber that’s not designed for anyone except NIGO himself.
All of NIGO’s adidas collaborations are good evidence. Rather than dropping a flashy UltraBoost 4D or timely Forum, NIGO’s really only focused on retro models like the Campus, Country, and Stan Smith, save for a few NMDs.
My point being, NIGO makes clothes that make him happy and that’s that.
That perspective is epitomized in the staggering amount of garments he collects, which range from decade’s-old Levi’s to the retro militaria that inspired some of the best OG BAPE.
Comprising hundreds of painstakingly archived clothes, NIGO’s collection is worthy of an exhibit. At least, that’s what the Bunka Gakuen Fukushoku Museum thinks.
Better known as the in-house costume museum attached to legendary Bunka Fashion College, the Museumis showcasing a vast array of NIGO’s archival finds from September 14, 2022, until November 13.
No sneak peeks — NIGO hasn’t even officially announced the exhibit himself yet — but some of the rare AF stuff he’s been hoarding since nearly 40 years ago will be on display as part of what the Museum is calling “THE FUTURE IS IN THE PAST,” a perfect name for anything NIGO.