— The presence of such stores as h&m, zara, and forever21 means the average cost of clothes is very little. in fact, consumers spend far less of their income on clothes not than they did in the ‘60s. however, these clothes are also made with inferior quality. what is your opinion, if any, on mass consumer clothing lines?
YM: I realize this trend is happening not only in fashion, but also in foods and other industries. I have no opinion on so-called fast fashion, but as far as I’m concerned, I hope to give added value to high-quality items, and create and release things that are not found on every street.
— How long after a collection is finished do you start work on the next one? how does the process of creating a new collection start?
YM: Creating clothes is a never-ending process. We spend two to three years on planning and development. After our show in Paris ends, however, I make sure to take a trip and refresh myself for the next one.