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Meet LANDLORD : A conversation with Creative Director Ryohei Kawanishi

Ryohei Kawanishi the Creative Director behind hot menswear label Landlord, unveiled their Autumnal Collection during New York Fashion Week and we got caught up just before the collection debut.

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Where were you prior to New York City?

I was born and raised in Japan before moving to London to study at Central Saint Martins.

What’s a typical day like for you at Landlord?

I kick off each season with a new theme.  Once I decide on a theme, it will inform my approach to collections and associated shows. Though it’s easy to say I’m stressed 95% of the time, I always manage to enjoy and learn from my experiences.  

How did you want today’s show to impact the audience?

This season’s theme is punk. In London, a punk-centric show would’ve been scrutinized. Because we are in New York, I felt I was able to use a lot of colours and abstract the idea of what punk culture could/should be in my own way.

How did New York allow you to twist this season’s theme?

New York doesn’t take everything too seriously!

What’s it like working in New York?

I’ve been in New York for five years, but I’m still trying to absorb everything going on around me. I’m rather used to Japan or London, so I wouldn’t be as stimulated/inspired as I am in New York—the city is still very fresh to me.

What sparks your creative thought process in your day-to-day life?

I am getting older and have a family. I find that I definitely pull inspiration from my experiences from when I was young and relive those stories in my work.

What three words would you choose to describe Landlord?

Tough, military, and twisted.

If your life were a cartoon, which character would you be?

I already look and feel like a cartoon character!


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