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Leather jackets have remained a staple in Yohji Yamamoto’s collections for years. This season the Japanese designer turned to one of the country best known leatherworkers, Isamu Katayama. The head of his own rock inspired label named Backlash,Katayama is Yohji’s later collaborator. The collaboration includes several colored leathers, in the style of a double rider and a cleaner colored bike jacket. The leathers bear Katayama’s signature creased, washed finishes to give the pieces a worn-in look and a snug fit. Tale a look at all the variations of the jacket below and look for the pieces to hit Yohji stockists including Farfetch soon.

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Ten C puts out a master class on layering through their new Fall/Winter 2018 lookbook. Focused around the Italian label’s signature OJJ fabric, which is is a knitted nylon/polyestere micro-fibre. The fabric offers the a vintage look with tech wear level performance in terms of rain and wind resistance. Made to last for the long run, the collection includes MA-1 bombers, lined jackets and its liner pieces for layering. New additions such as the Cyclone Parka and the Tempest Anorak, are heavy duty items ready for even the most extreme winter conditions. Get it over at retailers including END.

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Embarking on their second collaboration to date, Engineered Garments and Hoka One which are prepared to issue a selection of new running sneakers. The New York label has created a low-top version of the Hoka One Tor Ultra High Boots in three distinct color ways, tan, black and black/red. The shoe has a Vibram outsole, and breathable eVent technology which means the shoe will be breathable while keeping water out. The sneaker will be available at NEPENTHES and Engineered Garments on October 23.

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Nike finds new inspiration for their classic Jordan 1, through the personal style of a young Michael Jordan. Inspired by the suede brown outfit worn by MJ during the rookie of the year acceptance speech in 1985, this new model brings out a clean take on the Jordan 1 high. A mi x of white, tan and black bring offer up a clean fall offering. Suede panels help further differentiate the shoe as something different than the usual all-leather Jordan 1s.  The colorway will arrive at Nike and Jordan retailers on November 17 in men and women’s sizing.

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The North Face has been expanding their collaborative program finding select talent around the world to utilize the company’s considerable resources and production methods to craft new approaches to technical outerwear. North Face Black is a sub-line that is offered at select retailers at a premium pricepoint. For the latest collection, The North Face have tapped Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi to remix a variety of classic winter items, including parkas and mountain jackets to branded tees and climbing pants. The collection is quite cohesive , favoring a black, navy and olive green palette. The pieces have a vintage feel to them and utilize fabric technologies including Primaloft and Pertex to flip Kuraishi’s patterns into something functional.

Visit the The North Face Black Series’ Site to see a full list of stockists which will be release the collection shortly.

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I first previewed the Undercover Nike 87s a few months ago but now they are finally set to release. There have been some changes to each of the four colorways, but they maintain the Undercover branding and custom insoles. The four colors are “Beige Chalk/Signal Blue,” “Green Mist/Linen,” “Lakeside/Electric Yellow” and “Volt/University Red” .

Official images have been released that further showcase all angles of the sneakers including standout details such as the reflective 3M accents at the laces, eyestays and heel tabs finish off the intricate design. The UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87 collection will release on September 13 at UC and Nike stockists. All the colorways released of the Element 87 have been pretty much selling out immediately so your best way to find previously released models is through resell sites like Stadium Goods. A complete list of retailers is also included below.

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After much speculation official images have released of the 2018 Presto Mid that comes as a result of another collaboration between Nike and ACRONYM. Taking design cues from the original 2016 collaboration, these three upcoming colorways utilize a new all-over print logo pattern on the lacing cage. There is also a new logo hit that is centered around the toebox.The ACRONYM x Nike Presto Mid was also briefly previewed at a recent showcase at the Nike NYHQ. See a selection of official images below and stay tuned for a release on September 8th at a retail of $200USD. Look for them to pop up at Nike Lab stores and select retailers.

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Huiben Shop first launched in 2017  with an emphasis on curating rare archival designer products. The online-based retailer has just launched a collection of over 80 items from Undercover’s storied history. The pieces date back all the way to 1999 and hardcore fans of UC will recognize many of the the iconic products selected.  The selection includes memorable grails including the Young Martyr printed Gore-Tex Parka and distressed 85 Denim from the “Arts and Crafts” collection. To accompany the product drop, Huiben has also put together a full feature which reflects on some of Jun Takahashi’s most iconic collections to date and includes stylized looks featuring products from four of UC’s best collections :

Pyschocandy SS14

Anatomicouture AW13

Earmuff Maniac AW09

AW07

Scab SS03

The retrospective that Huiben crafted for the sale is a worthy celebration of what designer Jun Takahashi has achieved in his years at the helm of Undercover. Just browsing through the selection of items, the influence and creativity of Undercover’s legacy is felt.  See more images from the sale below and visit Huiben Shop ASAP as these rare pieces are sure to move quickly.

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The “order-disorder” collection from Undercover is based around imagery from Stanley Kubricks masterpiece 2001 : A Spade Odyssey. I introduced the showstopping down jacket from the collection earlier. Some of the other impeccably tailored garments utilize other scenes from the movie for inspiration.  HBX has created an editorial around these pieces which include the Last Supper T-shirt, Astronautics Agency Crewneck, HAL Bomber Jacket and White Monolith Raincoat. You can shop the featured items directly on their webshop.

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Grind Magazine takes on Sacai’s Fall/Winter offerings with a new editorial modeled by Japanese actor Yosuke Kobuzuka. The season pulls no punches with looks that include bright plaids and floral prints. The styling itself features a ton of layering with floral prints placed onto of turtlenecks and hoodies. While the trademark maximalism of Sacai is fully represented along with pieces from their New York Times collaboration, the Uggs shown are still a bit questionable. View the rest of the editorial below and shop select Sacai pieces at Farfetch.

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