Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer that creates technology-driven clothing designs and breaks the boundaries between East and West.

The designer explores the relationship between the body and the clothes with creative ideas for modern women. He uses innovative new techniques and original materials.

Issey Miyake’s first collection was launched in New York in 1971. Since 1997, his staff designs his collection of menswear and womenswear. He still oversees the overall direction of all lines created by his company.

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Sustainability Rating: 1/10

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Category: Clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, jewelry

For: Women, men

Type: Basics, dresses, knitwear, outerwear, sneakers

Style: Chic, haute couture

Quality: High

Price: $$$

Sizes: XS-L, 4-10 (US), 6-12 (UK), 34-40 (EU), 6-12 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, viscose, acetate, polyester, nylon, polyurethane, polypropylene, rubber

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: No

Recycling: No

Producing country: not transparent enough

Certifications: no certification

Sustainability Practices

Issey Miyake uses polluting conventional cotton to produce many of its clothes. And most of the brand's fabrics are highly polluting synthetic petroleum-based fibers such as polyester, nylon, polyurethane, and polypropylene.

The designer brand also uses some semi-synthetic regenerated fibers such as viscose rayon and acetate made from renewable materials.

Issey Miyake doesn't provide any information regarding how it chooses its suppliers. The brand doesn't state how often audits are conducted to ensure ethical and sustainable production, ethical working conditions, social and labor standards, safety, and other important rights for workers in its supply chain.

Issey Miyake doesn't use any animal-derived material at the moment, but the company doesn't state being vegan.

Sustainability Goals

Issey Miyake doesn't measure its water usage, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste across the supply chain. It doesn't have any sustainability goals, science-based targets, or timelines to improve in the future.

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