The Future of Fashion Co-created with YUIMA NAKAZATO

Our Goal

YUIMA NAKAZATO's goal is to bring the joy of one-of-a-kind garments to people around the world. And we at Epson are partnering with YUIMA NAKAZATO to transform the value chain in the fashion industry through workflow innovation and technical research that will reduce the industry's environmental impact while enabling the creation of high-quality custom clothing.

Maximizing The Expressive Potential

Epson has supported YUIMA NAKAZATO in creating collections for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week since 2021.
Specifically, we employed Epson's Fujimi Solution Center (Japan) to print on ultra-thin materials such as silk organdy1, thus expanding the palette of materials that can be printed to realize YUIMA NAKAZATO's creative vision.

1 A thin, translucent fabric made of plain-weave silk.

In addition, the quality of the garments in the collection was maximized by eliminating design size constraints while reproducing prints that reflect the delicate touch and shades in the original drawings by designer Yuima Nakazato.
We will continue to work with Yuima Nakazato to develop new clothing possibilities using inkjet technology.

Creating a Low-impact Process That Offers Greater Freedom of Expression

The digital technology that was used in the production of creative works by YUIMA NAKAZATO is cleaner than traditioonal textile printing because it uses less water, results in less waste, and can be used to produce only the volume of items needed.
Moreover, the pigment inks used do not require steaming or washing treatments after printing.
We will continue to promote the production of clothing in a low-impact process that does not compromise freedom of expression.

Realizing on-demand Local Production with Less Waste

Digital textile printing enables fast turnaround times, eliminates inventory, and can accommodate local production runs in amounts as short as a single garment. 
By using this digital process to meticulously produce exquisite garments at the right time and in the required quantity, we will conduct a proof-of-concept for a waste-free value chain as envisioned by YUIMA NAKAZATO.

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Medium- and Long-term Projects 

  • Epson will provide comprehensive technical support for everything from the production of garments to the production of staging to physically embody the concepts of YUIMA NAKAZATO, which is further broadening its range of expression.
  • The partners will investigate the potential for new clothing by combining new material fabrics and digital printing.
  • We will explore the possibilities of a circular supply chain. We will research the recycling and repurposing of paper sculptures used in staging collections using Epson's Dry Fiber Technology2. We will also study the recycling of textile fibers.

2 Proprietary Epson technology for defibrating a wide variety of materials for high-function applications. For more information, please see Epson's website.

Dry Fiber Technology