For this collaboration, ISSEY MIYAKE’s Yoshiyuki Miyamae and United Nude’s Rem D Koolhaas have the following
ISSEY MIYAKE Designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae
I feel great joy in creating new ISSEY MIYAKE shoes with United Nude. I considered making shoes that have the
functionality needed for daily comfort and which flatter a woman’s foot to be the ultimate form of product design.
Rem D Koolhaas’ attitude towards actively incorporating new materials, technologies and constantly pursuing
innovative shoe-making, resonates with ISSEY MIYAKE’s perspective on clothes-making. ISSEY MIYAKE proposes
its characteristic surprise and humor. The collection contains simple, beautiful products designed from the
viewpoint of structural dynamics, the forte of designer and architect, Rem D Koolhaas. Together, the insatiably
inquiring minds of both ISSEY MIYAKE and United Nude look toward innovative manufacturing. Through this
project, both parties prompted each other to embark on the challenge of a completely new form of shoe-making. I
hope to deliver shoes that everyone will be inspired to try on and which will brighten the customer’s day.
UNITED NUDE Creative Director Rem D Koolhaas
I have always been a fan of ISSEY MIYAKE’s work. The way ISSEY MIYAKE and the team have continuously
pushed boundaries through material innovations and experimentations is highly inspiring. Now to be working with
them is really great for me and my team and also a lot of fun! Walking through their Tokyo studio and seeing what
they are working on for the future is just amazing. They are one of the very few companies in high fashion that
are true innovators and that are working on cross-seasonal developments. To develop a new advanced totally
engineered fabric takes years. For them to approach fashion this way is a true example for the entire industry and
it is probably the best way for creating iconic and timeless design.