Human Made polos go against the current flow of trends within fashion using a secret recipe that includes the right amount of craftsmanship and nostalgia. The Human Made polo are based on '50s and '60s Americana workwear pieces through the process of deconstruction and the analysis of vintage garments from Nigo’s personal archive.
The brand is what he describes as his attempt to selfishly create the clothes he felt like wearing. As an obsessive collector, Nigo’s warehouse includes an astonishing archive of vintage garments that for him serves as the starting point. Human Made polos, therefore, are part of the reinterpretation of pre-1960’s Americana clothing and accessories. A Human Made polo has a more mature tone in comparison to those of his previous projects.
To Nigo, the chosen era represents lost technology while shining a light on the no longer existing machines capable of making the stitching and fabrics we love in old garments. Human Made polos are all about the process, paying attention to detail, design, and construction. Quality is guaranteed as a Human Made polo is produced by artisans in the famous Osaka Warehouse. The products created under this philosophy include utilitarian workwear, t-shirts and Human Made polos. Aimed at a smaller audience, Human Made polos, take on a graphic approach channeling themes found in Nigo’s everyday life.
The curry-up graphic found on Human Made polos, for example, is a reference to his boutique dinner in Tokyo under the same name. Other motifs that have become synonymous with Human Made polos include the polar bear, duck, tiger, and trademark heart-logo. Nigo's brand seems to be equally as good at collaborations, with names such as Adidas, Girls Don’t Cry, and KFC as just some on its track record. Nigo’s creative journey has inspired many, including Virgil Abloh, who paid homage to his legacy by inviting him to collaborate on Louis Vuitton’s pre-fall 2020 collection titled: LV2.
The collection channeled the mod-era dandy through Nigo’s lens and left hints to the different stages of his career throughout, including ice cream-melt details, and the slogan “Louis Made” in reference to the one appearing on Human Made polos. Produced in Japan from 100% cotton, Human Made polos come with a polo collar, ribbed cuffs and have a logo embroidery on the chest. The pieces are a great example of the quality offered by the brand, and you'll find out soon enough they're bound to stay in your closet over time.
Human Made can be worn as basics or layered together with other favorites as Human Made polos are a timeless classic. Human Made polos often come in more toned-down colors such as brown or grey.