T.T is a unisex brand based in New York and Kyoto.
Taiga Takahashi, the founder and designer, underwent an education that merged Japanese culture with Western thought. After graduating from Central Saint Martins(UAL) in 2017, he established his own brand in New York.
The brand concept is "resurrecting relics of the past to unearth artifacts of the future".
The designer himself had collected over thousands of garments since his teens, most of which are American vintage from the 1920s to 1950s, focusing on the pre-mass production era. Believing that the true value of craftsmanship already exists in history, the fabrics, sewing and details of time-survived garments are researched from an archaeological perspective, reinterpreted in a new way and bring it back to life in the modern age. Using clothing to resemble a fossil or time capsule, the project aimed to "create timeless garments" that will last even 100 years into the future, using traditional Japanese techniques such as weaving, dyeing, sewing, and natural materials, which are being lost.
The craftsmanship of Japanese artisans, something the nation is proud of, is also utilized in T.T's creations. Using traditional Japanese techniques such as natural dyeing by hand, which has continued for over 1,000 years, and one of the few remaining old power looms, the brand pursues its craftsmanship in dialogue with the artisans who have inherited these techniques.
The comprehensive art space T.T is located in Gion, Kyoto, as the origin of T.T's creations. It consists of Takahashi's artistic works, including clothing, architecture, tea rooms and sculptures, all reinterpreting the beauty of Japan, and serves as a place to convey his philosophy and aesthetics.
In April 2022, at the young age of 27, Taiga Takahashi embarked on an eternal journey in the middle of his ambition. However, his legacy has been transformed into the thoughts of the team that supported him during his lifetime and continues to be passed down, now and in the future. The unwavering passion for creation is nothing other than the source of T.T.