Japanese art, cartoon, and graphic have impacted fashion in such a big, global way that it would be uncool for brands not to collaborate with some hot-shot artist, cartoonist or graphic designer from Japan. Blame it on Takashi Murakami, whose ultra-cute graphics have transformed Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram canvas into a pop-art usable that’s akin to turning Champs-Élysées into Harajuku.
Now, the Paris-based fine cashmere knitwear designer Lucien Pellat-Finet has turned to another Japanese for his next mascot (after previously featuring a skull, a marijuana leaf, and Chaplin’s silhouette). And the person they have chosen is Murakami’s protoge, a Manga master with the incomplete name Mr.
The result is perversely Jap-cute. The characters have huge gleaming eyes with smiles that are shaped like the Prada logo, and expressions of perpetual delight. I am sure there are many of you who will love these sweaters. I should state that they are not inexpensive. Entry-level 2-ply cashmere sweaters can set you back ₤500! Look before you slip.