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An archive of rare Raf Simons items just went on sale in Japan

Opening this week at newly-reopened concept store Fake Tokyo, RS Archives will also host a series of exhibitions centred around the visionary Belgian designer

Raf Simons fans rejoice: a huge selection of rare and archival styles created by the iconoclastic Belgian designer went on sale at Japanese concept store Fake Tokyo this week. Taking over an entire floor in the newly-refurbished space, RS Archives will also host a series of exhibitions centring around Simons and his impressive back catalogue over the coming months.

The news comes soon after the release of 1996-2001 / 2001-2006, a definitive book documenting (almost) every item the designer put out between those years released by – a niche independent publishing house founded by Hideo Hashiura. Now, one of the brains behind the book is putting their own archive on sale, with various styles and eras broken down into separate edits.

Adding a twist to proceedings is the fact that the individual selling off their enviable collection (or at least part of it) has opted to stay completely anonymous, instead letting the clothing itself do the talking. And while who is behind it may remain a mystery, what we do know from looking back at 1996-2001 / 2001-2006 is that there is sure to be some truly incredible items among the extensive offering.

Pieces from the first edit include a ‘Black Palms’ printed tank top with raw seams, and leather and wool bombers from the designer’s AW98 collection, and what may be the holy grail: a little-seen t-shirt bearing David Bowie’s face.

If you’re holding out for any pieces from the designer’s SS01 collection, don’t hold your breath. “No one could find Raf’s SS01 collection,” Hashiura told us back in February, prior to 1996-2001 / 2001-2006’s launch. “That’s the reason behind the break in the volume.”