NIGO on Why 'Star Wars' Is Better Than 'Star Trek'

To call NIGO a packrat would be to discredit the immense wealth of creativity that his personal collections have provided him, and the whole of streetwear culture by extension. Having hosted a general auction of 250 items from his collection of largely Americana-centric paraphernalia in summer of last year, the collector of 39 years partnered up with Sotheby’s again on December 11 to auction off his Star Wars collection, which held a very special place in his heart. The Japanese creative has made no secret in the past of the rich sentimental value that the franchise holds for him, and with the approaching release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the “RETURN OF THE NIGO” auction could not have come at a more suitable time. We sat down with NIGO on the eve of the auction to discuss what exactly Star Wars means to him, the laborious process of collecting back in the day, and what kind of lasting impact the movies have had on his output in streetwear.