Issey Miyake is a fashion designer and founder of the eponymous fashion label. Miyake was born in 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan and graduated with a degree in graphic design from Tama Art University in 1964 before founding Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo in 1970.
The brand launched its first fragrance, L'Eau D'Issey, in 1992. In 1993 Miyake introduced his Pleats Please line, an innovative range of heat-pleated garments. Miyake resigned as the designer behind his menswear collection in 1994 and womenswear collection in 1999. His successors were Naoki Takizawa and Dai Fujiwara. In 2011, Yoshiyuki Miyamae was announced as the label's head of design.
In 2012, Miyake was announced as co-director of Japan's first design museum, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT.