Monday, February 17, 2020



Kei Ninomiya studied French literature at Aoyama University in Tokyo and then began his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Over a summer break, he applied for a job at Comme des Garçons and secured a place for himself as a pattern-maker for Rei Kawakubo. Ninomiya dropped out of school for the job and after just four years, Kawakubo suggested that the clothes Ninomiya was creating for Comme des Garçons should be shown under his own name and Noir Kei Ninomiya was born.

The brand is stocked at the likes of Net-A-Porter, Ssense and Farfetch.
Nonimiya finds inspiration in craftsmanship and garments, experimenting with unconventional pattern-cutting and assembly techniques.

The designer avoids sewing whenever possible, and one of his signature construction methods is putting garments together by linking various laser cut pieces.

Nonimiya’s starting point is the textile and handcraftsmanship is at the core of the brand.


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