Japanese fashion designer takes on Yamaha Motor’s Jinki Kanno development ideal.
Hideaki Shikama, the designer behind the fashion brand Children of the Discordance, has designed a small collection, named Over, based on the Yamaha motorcycles SR500 and SR400.
Yamaha Motor provided Hideaki Shikama with an SR500 and SR400 — classic big Singles, long loved by motorcyclists since their release in 1978 — for use as motifs to create clothing items for his collection Over. Clothing items that actually can be worn by the SR models but also by their riders.
Shikama was inspired by Yamaha Motor’s Jinki Kanno* development ideal to create these clothing items. He sought to express the joy rider-machine unity can bring and the love owners feel for their motorcycle as a faithful partner. The “clothing” he designed for the SR models – fuel tank, seat, fenders, tyres and more – can also be worn by the rider as a military-style backpack.
* Defined as the seductive exhilaration of being one with the machine that is shared as a baseline when quantifying and integrating it into a Yamaha’s performance.
In 2011, Shikama established his Children of the Discordance fashion brand, creating numerous fair-trade collections of uniquely creative designs like patchwork remakes of vintage trench coats. Such work won him high acclaims, including the TOKYO FASHION AWARD in 2017.
“I felt a strong affinity with Yamaha’s Monozukuri ideal (creating products with an emphasis on craftsmanship and excellence) that values how people feel and sense things more than numbers. Particularly, Yamaha believes that when a person and machine ‘become one’ and are able to ‘communicate’ that there’s a joy created from that relationship, and that’s something I found really special. I think that’s also how it should be for clothes and the people who wear them.
In creating Over, we used the same vintage coat patchwork and graffiti ideas and methods as our other collections. Creating everything involved a lot of trial and error, but I was impressed by the way everyone on the team had fun with the sewing, assembly, and the rest. For me personally, it was my first time working on an industrial product like this and I feel this project has really broadened our range of creative expression.”
The collection Over will be exhibited at Shikama’s Children of the Discordance Collection presentation at showroom.tokyo at the Espace Bis 5 exhibition hall in Paris during the Paris Men’s Fashion Week that will take place on 20-25 June.
Children of the Discordance Collection presentation:
Espace Bis 5 (exhibition hall)
5, Bis rue Froissart
75 003 Paris