Factotums Koji Udo takes a moment to answer a few pre-(capsule) New York questions. This season, Udo embraces the Bohemian as well as the tastes of his native Japan, which makes for very original work. Udo says he studied the "Hippie Trail" via which numerous peace-hunters traversed Southeast Asia. Surely, no one else could take this concept and create a tasteful collection, avoiding Hakama pants and Bohemian tie-dye. One can hardly wait to see what Udo will unveil at (capsule) later this month.
What's the inspiration behind the SS11 collection?
My inspiration for the SS11 collection is the "" Hippie Trail"". The Hippie Trail is a term used to describe the journeys taken by hippies in the 1960's and 70's. One of the more popular routes was Southern Asia, mainly India and Nepal. I'm fascinated by the story and the culture so I traveled to Nepal to research it further.
What are some concepts, movements, era, people, music etc that have impacted the design of the collection and why?
"Travel" is at the core for the collection and also for my life. I travel to foreign countries for research and inspiration every season.
What do you expect will be some key items in the collection?
Since this collection is based on the hippie trail around Nepal, I am exploring denim as a center component for a complete collection of many categories. I am focusing on special Japanese made *original* fabrics, handmade techniques, stitching, so it is an evolution from what we think of denim
What are your plans for the summer?
I will travel to "Yakushima" This is one of Japan's natural wonders, it is a magical forest island of exotic flowers, trees and a "world heritage site".
Udo includes this photograph of, Boudhanath. It is one of the holiest and largest Buddhist sites in the world, located in Kathmandu, Nepal. This was my first inspirational stop, surrounded by thousands of people, there was still something very tranquil and spiritual about it.