Quote of Note | Hiroshi Fujiwara

“Everything is a copy of sorts. If you look at items of clothing like denim or polo shirts, they came from someone else’s idea and everyone now makes them, but even so, I sometimes want to buy into the newer thing because it looks good or whatever. I mean, I copy many things—almost everything I do could be called a copy in some way. But I copy with a certain respect. I have a high regard for the original, and so I want to put my twist onto that. It’s just like sampling music—when it’s done well, the new work communicates a respect for the original source material. But some of the bigger companies seem to be copying only make money, which creatively is very bad. I sometime wonder if they have any respect.”

-Japanese street fashion pioneer and artist Hiroshi Fujiwara