Junya Watanabe, once protege of Rei Kawakubo creator of Comme des Garcon, was given his own line within the Comme des Garcon house in 1993. His collections are amongst the most influential of any in today's market place, marked with an intelligent, modest approach to clothing design. He has notoriously collaborated with many established brands where he has been known to deliver the essence of a brands identity. There is a beautiful simplicity in his approach to clothing and work on collaborations, where he has a knack of taking a brand to a new place while respecting it's heritage. Quality & craftsmanship, respect for tradition are all key, while subtly tweaking iconic designs to create products that capture the zeitgeist.