Jun Takahashi’s Undercover embodies the quintessence of Japanese cool, channeling raw-edged rebellion and dramatic high-concept elegance to produce an inimitable vision that fascinates in its dualities. Takahashi founded the label in 1993 as a student at Tokyo's Bunka Academy of Fashion, eschewing the conventional apprenticeship most young Japanese designers are expected to undertake. Such irreverence carried his early punk-inflected work, which quickly found support and mentorship from Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo.