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Supreme Taps Junya Watanabe for Fashion-Forward Utility

VF Corp-owned cult skate brand Supreme is once again showing its range with a new collection based on Junya Watanabe’s Comme des Garçons men’s archive.

Watanabe, a Japanese designer known for transforming unexpected materials into statement-making styles, is behind fashion-forward utilitarian-inspired pieces like a solar-powered trench coat and garments made from polyurethane-bonded fabrics used in car interiors. That same creative spirit is the basis of Supreme’s latest drop.

The collection includes garments inspired by the designer’s archives and features functional pieces like a denim parka and jeans made from Gore-Tex denim, a breathable, waterproof fabric membrane developed by U.S. manufacturing company W.L. Gore & Associates. Other standout looks include a Schott leather peacoat, a patchwork puffer jacket and a work jacket and pant set with a bold script overlay. Accessories include a beanie, backpack and keychain.

Though Watanabe’s designs are considered avant garde, he has become more mainstream over the years, and was referenced in Kanye West’s “Junya” track from his Donda album released earlier this year. He was an apprentice at Comme des Garcons before debuting his eponymous collection in 1992.

The collaboration comes on the heels of Supreme’s latest unexpected drop with True Religion. Featuring baggy cargo jeans, denim jackets, hooded sweatshirts and beanies, the Y2K tribute incorporates the brand’s origin as a premium denim company that dominated the early ’00s.

The Supreme x Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons collection is available worldwide beginning Nov. 4 and in Japan Nov. 6 on the Supreme website and in stores.