Fundamentally striving to make the world a prettier place, Eley Kishimoto create work that is clear in intention, executed simply, and with creative flair; they do not succumb to trends and fads. Instead the vision is clear and in the forefront, fashion is used as a platform to communicate with a wide and varied audience.
From a partnership forged in the early 90’s, Eley Kishimoto quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their work being displayed on the catwalks of the world through work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name but a few. Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto were also creative directors of French based fashion house Cacharel for AW08/09 through to SS09.
In the mid 90’s the partnership moved into the fashion world with the launch of their first womenswear collection; this proved to be such a success that the company has produced collections ever since. The principle activity is womenswear fashion, but Eley Kishimoto has already worked with partners to offer footwear, hosiery, sunglasses, leather belts, and various ‘flash’ collaborations, under the umbrella of womenswear mainline.
In addition to this, numerous products such as wallpaper, furniture; upholstered and printed, and furnishing fabrics, glassware, crockery have been developed. And, the brand has also moved into areas usually unorthodox to fashion designers; automotive, architecture, phone/computer technology and packaging, and artist and gallery collaborations.
Sold internationally from London, Paris and Japan, it only seemed natural that in 2007 a Japanese licensing partnership was established enabling the brand to further broaden it’s product offer. The addition of watch, jewellery, bag and kimono lines heralded the start of infinite opportunities.
With so many strings to their creative bow it is easy to see how they have gained their reputation as the patron saints of print.