Though he himself prefers to remain in the background, London-based designer Kei Kagami is well worth a place in the spotlight. In 1989, after having worked for the Japanese architect Tange Kenz, Kagami left Japan with the ambition of finding a job in the fashion industry. In London, he started working for the British fashion designer John Galliano, whom he had admired for a long time. When Galliano permanently left for Paris, Kagami decided to stay in London to get an MA in fashion at Central Saint Martins.
In the mid-1990s Kagami started his own label, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that he also added footwear to his collections. Kagami’s footwear does have a a very significant signature, often demonstrated by shades of brown and grey and the use of (oxidised) metals. His love for architecture seems to be the inspiration for his outstanding heels which are often made of construction materials.
Kei Kagami is a highly respected designer in today’s fashion. Many of his designs have been on display in exhibitions in England, Germany, Japan, Austria and the Netherlands.
Photo 1 – ‘Correction 1’, F/W #05/06 collection “Correction and its Paradox”
Photo 2 – Shoe from Kagami’s F/W #14/15 footwear collection, photograph by Paulius Gasiuna
Photo 3 – Kei Kagami at his workshop, portrait by Paulius Gasiuna
Photo 4 – Kagami’s motorcycle helmet, photograph by Paulius Gasiunas