Issey Miyake opens store in Milan

The Japanese brand’s first Italian flagship

Set over 500m2, Issey Miyake’s Milan store is located in a historic site, the Palazzo Reina on Via Bagutta.

Built in the early 19th century by the Reina family, the Palazzo was handed over to the municipality of Milan in 1921. After a property investment company acquired the building in 2014, and restored it to its design, Issey Miyake has become the first occupant.

Born in Hiroshima, the designer Issey Miyake first made waves in the 1970s with clothes that fused Eastern and Western designs. In the 1980s, he began to focus on technology-led fashion, inventing for instance a new form of pleating that enhanced flexibility and ease of care.

Miyake retired from his main brand in 1999 to focus on computer-designed clothing with A Piece of Cloth (A-POC). He has since opened the 21_21 Design Sight museum and research facility in Tokyo and launched 132.5 Issey Miyake, a label that creates clothes using algorithms.

When asked about opening a store in Milan, Miyake said, “Design is an act of discovery, making things, making reality, freedom, innovation. Design is work that brings people joy. For me Milano is already the city of all creativity. I am proud to be part of it.” And Milan must be proud to have him too.