The last time I talked about KiNG was about a year ago when the costume designer was exhibiting in KITAKORE her highly eclectic, wild art-as-costume pieces. Since then she has been building up her repertoire, exhibited at COLLETTE Carnival in Paris. And now she has her very own carousel of products for sale right smack in the middle of GR8 in Laforet, which is one of THE hottest stores in all of Tokyo right now.
What does KiNG make? Her signature is metallic industrial pieces screwed onto acrylic, plastic, watches, sneakers and sweatbands. It’s urban futuristic… seriously a new genre. I mean, when I think of KiNG’s pieces my mind goes straight to outerspace circa 2152 where collars decorated in antennae and knobs are all the rage. But in actuality KiNG is a huge fan of urban clothing ie sweatpants, sneakers, jerseys and basketball caps. That all becomes obvious in the custom NIKE sneakers she does. These are insanely cool! I will need to custom order some heels or platforms too someday—(no offense to sneakers, but I draw the line somewhere!)
Her most popular item is a combo of bracelet and G-Shock or Baby-G watch which she incorporates into her designs. With the watch, the accessory runs about 30,000yen and without the watch you can pick something up for as little as 15,000 yen (remember these are all made by hand!).
I am SO digging the pink ones! I am going to get a new 2012 red Baby-G watch..one with pink clock numbers that I can slip onto one of her bracelets…it’s going to be gorgeous.
KiNG debuted this first attempt at turning her art into products by unveiling her custom carousel with a party that brought out a lot of great fashionable Tokyoites!!
So here is an example of one local costume artist slowly building up her business to becoming a full-fledged brand. The mix of urban clothing with other genres is something that Tokyo is REALLY good at…ie urban kitsch, urban kawaii, urban electro etc (see BAPE, Verbal, AMBUSH etc) . It was only a matter of time before urban futurism became a thing. KiNG can say she is a founding member of the movement–let’s hope it catches on!