Evolve with DEVOA


  • Photos: Stew Zong
  • Text: Theo Mohamed
  • For the Japanese brand DEVOA, beauty is never sacrificed for the sake of technical utility. Where a typical technical garment employs a neat configuration of varying petroleum based fibers and membranes, DEVOA focuses on the incorporation of organic essence. Since founding his label in 2009, designer Daisuke Nishida has been developing his line of highly anatomical designs with the purpose of creating a new vision for technical garments. Each season marks a new epoch in the Darwinian history of clothing and brings new visions of what it can become.

    Everything begins with textiles. As Nishida told me, “the fabric is the presentation of the clothing,” meaning that by changing the textile, a garment will evoke an entirely different emotion, though its construction remains unchanged. Where traditional fashion seeks to move clothing forward based on stylistic innovation, the purpose of DEVOA is the evolution of clothing itself.


    During our conversation, Nishida detailed an upcoming textile for Fall/Winter 2020 that employs a temperature adaptive technology. Composed of a three layer lamination of wool, and polyester, it expands and constricts its fibers to provide ventilation or armored protection, depending on circumstance. As a result of its mixed composition, using both natural and synthetic materials, the essence of this fabric becomes chameleonic. Though it can be used for extreme activities and will effectively protect, it appears more natural and soft. This relationship between futurism and the harnessing of natural technology forms the basis of the works produced by Nishida at DEVOA.

    For the construction of his garments, Daisuke turns to an unlikely source of inspiration: the insect. Though the structural design of the insect’s body is in fact nearly opposite that of the human - bearing an exoskeleton in lieu of an internal one - it is an example of impeccable natural design. Furthermore, as Daisuke put it “the balance and proportion of the insect’s limbs is the closest to that of the human body.” If the technical garments produced by the likes of The North Face, etc… can be described as modern armour, then the garments produced by DEVOA become, in many ways, the human exoskeleton.


    Through an unparalleled awareness of the human body and its needs, Daisuke is able to create something that feels separate from what is normally understood as a protective garment. The approach taken at DEVOA evokes a familiarity that is more easily accepted by the body’s subconscious creating a relationship not unlike a second skin.

    With the work he has done to advance clothing, Daisuke is currently very interested in research being carried out in Japan with regards to a highly advanced bamboo textile. The fabric in question combines metallized fibers with a specific species of bamboo to create a fabric that provides its wearer with nutrients, absorbed via the skin. The research, currently being conducted at a Kyoto hospital, has many implications for the future of human health. One such implication may be access to supplementary stores of Vitamin D, which may not only eliminate Seasonal Affective Disorder through harsh winters, but could also be used to treat osteoporosis.


    Daisuke Nishida is a designer in service of clothing. Not only does he create an innovative looking product, but he also employs his technical knowledge to bring something truly new. With each successive collection comes another presentation and rumination on innovative uses for traditionally natural fibers working in tandem with his contoured construction. Nishida intends to not only make clothing that fits the current iteration of the human body but clothing that may fit the humans of the future as evolution begins to distort our form.

  • Photos: Stew Zong
  • Text: Theo Mohamed