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Japanese streetwear stalwarts Neighborhood celebrate 20 years this year. To mark their anniversary a capsule collection of essential NBHD items is being released which includes their trademark denim, riders jackets, a MA-1 and kung-fu jackets. I’m a bit excited to see more detailed photos of that nylon Kung Fu jacket as well as the black MA-1. Look for the items to start releasing at select Neighborhood retailers or possibly through their webshop.

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Nike Lab has brought in the design talents of Errolson Hugh (Founder of ACRONYM) to help re-launch Nike ACG (All Conditions Gear) with this collection of pieces that fit firmly into the techwear category. A big emphasis of the items was fit, and the idea of creating pieces that made movement effortless and fluid while still providing protection from the elements. You can expect much of the utilitarian details that might be found in something by ACRONYM but with the influence of Nike sports heritage.

For me the best item in the collection were the 2-in-1 men’s jacket (the one with the more subtle tonal branding) and the Responder Backpack. They don’t come cheap though with the retail price being set at $550 and  $300 respectively. The release includes the ACG 2-in-1 men’s jacket, ACG Tech Fleece men’s pants, ACG Tech Fleece Funnel men’s sweatshirt, ACG Pocket men’s T-shirt, ACG Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB, ACG Lunarterra Arktos and the ACG Responder backpack. As techwear continues to play a bigger role in the men’s market, it’s great to see that Nike is jumping in with a forward- thinking collection that doesn’t pull any punches.

Nike ACG is available today at Nike Lab.

 

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Hong Kong based Milk Magazine highlights pieces from outerwear-focused label White Mountaineering in their December issue. Along with a mix of technical rainwear there is a heathy mix of shirting, accessories and items from other Japanese labels including Undercover and Bedwin & The Heartbreakers.

If you’re looking for White Mountaineering outside Japan you can find it online at Yoox, END Clothing and SSENSE.

More images after the jump

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Menswear label SECOND/LAYER brightens up it’s gothninja fundamentals with this striking LA based editorial. The shoot captures the freedom of west coast of living and is smartly styled using pieces from H.Lorenzo Fall/Winter brand line-up which includes the likes of Undercover, Haider Ackermann and COMME des GARCONS Homme Plus. I really liked the feel of this editorial and how it modernizes the trademark elements of skate culture, grung and punk-rock in a relatable setting.

Photography: Adam Katz Sinding
Model: Xathan Stewart
Styling & Art Direction: SECOND/LAYER

See the rest of the shoot after the jump

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I had been waiting for some time to get a pair of Air Forces in premium leather and was really excited to see this Nike Lab release. While they may not look too different from standard Forces, a closer look reveals a few key differences. The leather on these feels way better than the regular sneakers. In addition the back tab is now left unbranded and have been given the reflective 3M treatment. These are also improved in terms of comfort, with added Phylon cushioning.  I just wish they would drop a Air Force Hi model of these as well.

Get the Mids and lows over at Nike Lab.

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This new video from SSENSE imagines a squash match played in drapy Japanese menswear. Some of the designers making an appearance are from Yohji Yamamoto, Visvim, Kolor, Comme des Garcons Homme Plus, Johnlawrencesullivan. The use of slow-motion captures the volume, colors and movement of the garments in a way that a photoshoot couldn’t.

You can find all items in the video over at SSENSE

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Heading into the Christmas season, there’s a ton of great deals to be had in New York. There’s countless sample sales going on in the city and I’d like to present two of the best ones starting today. First off is the Capsule Market Square event which plays host to a huge range of product from over 100 brands. Running December 4-5 at 548 W 22 St.

This includes product from Union LA’s sample sale in LA at at 60% off retail. Also featured products from the likes of:  Arc’Teryx Veilence, Comme Des Garçons Shirt, Golden Goose, Isaora, Junya Watanabe, Sacai and Ten C. The icing on the cake is for shoppers who spend over $500, who’ll receive a grab bag of items from participating designers. If you’d like to get a head start on the sale and attend the VIP preview tonight, just leave your contact info in the comments and the first two commenters will get RSVP if I receive your info in time.

To make the trip out to Chelsea even more worthwhile, the annual Opening Ceremony sample sale is just down the block at 545 W 22 St. with savings up to 90% off. Brands include Kenzo, Komakino , Adidas by Raf Simons and the OC house line. If you’re looking for gifts, there’s tons of cheap options available as well.

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I’ve loved much of what The Soloist has put out since the brand first began 10 seasons ago. It’s clear now that the brand’s DNA is a significant evolution from Takahiro’s previous brand Number (N)ine. Unfortunately it’s always been a challenge to find the really great pieces from the collection outside of Japan. The retailers that do carry it in North America have a tendency to play it safe and avoid the really interesting pieces which are the core of what makes The Soloist one of the most original labels out. I’m glad to see HAVEN really did their thing this time around with this Fall/Winter buy.

The item that stands out to me the most is the above Rough Out Work Military Jacket which is basically an ill sheepskin version of the M-65.  This stands out to me as one of the best outerwear pieces of the season and a definite grail despite the almost $4000 pricetag. The rest of the buy strikes a nice balance too between statement pieces and core staples. The below waffle hoody has a great texture and color and should work nicely with alot of brands. The MA-1 is another twist on the bomber which the brand has executed in the past.

Browse the entire collection over at HAVEN.

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sasquatchfabrix 15ss 1 Sasquatchfabrix SS15 Lookbook

Sasquatchfabrix is a really hard brand to describe to people.  To call the label ‘eclectic’ would be an understatement. Sasquatchfabrix is able to mesh really varied influences and inspirations into products that feel fresh each season. Spring/Summer 2015 is another strong showing; this time with a focus on re-interpreting of traditional Japanese garments. There’s alot of prints used and the looks alternate between baggy, volumes pants and oversized/jackets and shirting. While layering in collections often feels forced , here the fabrics look light enough that wearing a few of these pieces would be more than just a fashion statement but an exercise in comfort as well.

See all the looks after the jump or shop the current season at SSENSE

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As has become customary each season for this site, I’ve put together some inspiration images for the transition to colder weather (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere).

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