Half a year goes by before you know it—especially in the world of fashion. After Fall & Winter comes Spring & Summer, with another Fall & Winter just around the corner. It can’t be very healthy to design clothes when you’re being tossed around by these quick cycles and temporary trends. Sometimes you want to spend quality time face to face with the new cultures and clothing that naturally result from daily life.

Half a year has passed since we launched LifeWear magazine. We’re thrilled to be releasing Issue 02, the theme of which is “Livable Cities.” Over the past six months, we’ve spent a lot of time considering the relationships between cities, people and clothes. What does livability mean on a personal level, to different people all over the world, and what kind of clothing suit it best? We took our time exploring these questions, not forcing things. Maybe clothing that blends convenience with utility—combining beauty and functional design, and improving daily life for everyone—is what LifeWear is all about.
This year marks the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games! We’re excited to offer a Tokyo Guide, produced together with the global magazine MONOCLE.

What is LifeWear?
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It is simple, high-quality, everyday clothing with a practical sense of beauty—
ingenious in detail,
thought through with life’s needs in mind, and always evolving.

LifeWear magazine Issue 02 Livable Cities

Cover Artwork by Julian Opie “Walking in Hackney. 1 ” (2016) ©Julian Opie

Inspired by this issue’s theme, “Livable Cities,” the editorial team selected images for the cover from the work of artist Julian Opie. The cover is a scene from London, where Opie makes his home, while the piece pictured below depicts Vienna Airport, which he visits frequently. You’ll also find a text in which Opie, who lives in London, shares his thoughts on what makes a city livable. We hope you’ll take a look.

Artwork by Julian Opie Airport (2017) ©Julian Opie

What “Livability” Means to Julian Opie

I live in London mainly because I was born here and have set up a life here.
I never really managed to escape. Family, schools, studio and most of the factories I use are here. I have a holiday home in the countryside which makes living in London more bearable. I love the energy of London and its multi-layered history. I like the horizontal living-terraced houses and their black cast iron railings, small moody parks with stone paths and autumn leaves. I like to visit the old villages (now part of London) that sit on hills looking down on the City and the West End.
I like to dive into the tourist filled centre near the river, full of monuments and reminders of different eras, from Roman through medieval and empire to the offices of now. The endless sprawl of suburbs in every direction are, in many ways, the real London. They can be pretty tough and run down in parts and genteel, Sunday afternoon sleepy and dormitory-like dull in others. I hate the weather except for perhaps three months of the year. London is ordinary for me, like drinking tap water. It’s great to work in, people move fast and get things done. London feels central somehow and if you are interested in anything you can probably follow your interests here, music, film, art, whatever. When I’ve been away I find London rich and cosy, energetic and human to return to, it feels like me and it feels like home but I’d rather be somewhere else much of the time!

Julian. (2012)
©Julian Opie
Born in 1958 in London, Julian Opie still calls London home. He holds a place among the most renowned contemporary British artists. Graduating from Goldsmiths School of Art, he developed a style of figurative work, portraiture and landscapes comprising minimal line and shape through a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and animation. His work can be found in the collections of museums including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The British Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. For the piece on the cover of this issue, Opie photographed pedestrians on the street outside his East London studio and assembled them into a crowd.
The editorial team selected this work because of how it blends the image of a bustling urban crowd with this issue’s theme of “Livable Cities“.

Sam Bett
Shuchinsha Co., Ltd.
Creative Direction & Art Direction:
FAST RETAILING Co.,LTD. Global Creative Lab Tokyo

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