Ichiro Suzuki hails from Osaka, Japan, but it was at the London College of Fashion that he developed his flair for outlandish geometric variations on traditional styles. While working as a tailor for Savile Row clothier Henry Poole and Co., Suzuki developed his own line of menswear that augments traditional cuts with patterns of geometric shapes, yielding a look that appears to be from the near future (granted the suit-wearing world starts being a lot more fashion forward).
While the idea of fashion based on geometry and futurism may invoke images of unwearable runway concepts, Suzuki’s designs are a bit more grounded in reality while remaining refreshingly experimental. His creations are innovative but don’t lose their wearability or commercial strength, creating new possibilities for menswear that has gone largely unchanged for decades. Employing his mantra of “visualizing to materialize,” he created a collection that came in first place at International Talent Support 2012, an an organization seeking to promote young and undiscovered talent. And they did good to honor him, as it’s rare for a designer to strike that perfect balance between old and new.