H&M recently unveiled the TOGA ARCHIVES x H&M collaboration in its entirety. The forthcoming capsule with the Tokyo-based independent label, founded in 1997 by Yasuko Furuta and loved for its curious sensuality and experimental takes on wardrobe classics, draws on its avant-garde-yet-accessible archive with re-imaginings of TOGA signatures. The TOGA ARCHIVES x H&M collection will be available worldwide in selected stores and at hm.com in September.
With a campaign styled by Jane How and photographed by Johnny Dufort against the raw, brutalist architectural backdrop of London’s Barbican Estate, the collection is full of TOGA favorites. Hybridized trench coats, deconstructed shirts, plissé skirts, exacting tailoring and exuberant accessories occupy star billing, given unexpected twists for a modern fashion-lover. For women, key pieces include the silhouette-shifting, wool-twill trench coat and an oversized grey blazer with a spray of bugle beads at the chest pocket, as well as a navy tunic enlivened with TOGA’s trademark cut-out and embellishments. In accessories, dainty pumps come with cool cowboy heels and studs alongside statement bugle-bead earrings and a collar necklace.
TOGA menswear stalwarts, the blue striped shirt and transparent V-neck jumper, are reworked in clever cuts and iridescent color ways respectively and can be paired with a chain-link necklace or a reversible bomber jacket with a vintage scarf lining.
“We are huge fans of versatile design at H&M, which is why Yasuko Furuta’s ingenious pieces for TOGA are so appealing,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor, H&M. “Her signature cut-outs, for example, can be set against bare skin or paired with a sequined underlayer to glamorous effect. We are thrilled to be able to bring her playful but intellectual style to our customers and look forward to the stylish outfit combinations they will create.”
“Fashion can communicate ideas and interests immediately and non-verbally. With TOGA, I have explored the concept of the customer having agency over what they are wearing, a decision that conveys their personality instantly: they can choose to have bare skin underneath a hole in their skirt, or put trousers underneath,” said Yasuko Furuta, founder and creative director of TOGA. “I would love for this H&M collection to introduce that idea to a global audience.”