The release is part of the partnership forged between the designer and The Woolmark Company earlier this year and is also an ode to Simons’ love of the Japanese capital. Made from luxurious yarn spun in Italy by Manifattura Sesia, the limited-edition oversized sweater has “I Love Tokyo” emblazoned in Japanese on the front.
“It felt natural to celebrate our collaboration by designing an exclusive ‘I Love Tokyo’ wool sweater for Dover Street Market Ginza, a reference to the autumn/winter 2017/2018 New York show and the beginning of our partnership,” said Simons.
The Woolmark Company partnered with the Belgian-born designer earlier this year for his autumn/winter 2017/2018 collection, marking the beginning of a longstanding relationship and working closely with and supporting the Raf Simons design team with innovation and sourcing of Merino wool.
“Raf Simons is one of the greatest designers of our time, whose distinct style and vision attracts a loyal following each and every season,” added Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Company. “These limited-edition sweaters perfectly connect Raf Simons’ design aesthetic with his love for Tokyo, united by the world’s most luxurious Merino wool.”