Founder: Issey Miyake
Year Founded: 1971

In a world where silhouettes and styles get recycled by traditional tailors and fashion designers alike, Issey Miyake has delighted in being at the avant garde of technology, art, and men's clothing. For example, in 1997, he began research on A-POC (a piece of cloth), a new production process whereby clothes could be made without sewing. Here, yarn was fed into one end of the machine, and a tube with pre-marked seams emerged at the other end to create the intended garment. By drawing on inspiration from architecture, fine art, and furniture, Miyake has made his audiences reconsider everything from seams to textile fibers to shapes to silhouettes.