Sophnet has amazingly been able to stay under the radar while delivering season after season of quality product. While the brand’s aesthetic is far from classy, it is assertive in it’s vision and place in the market. Coming out of the golden era of Japanese streetwear (think BAPE, UC, WTAPS and Neighborhood) Sophnet is a grown man’s update on the same solid street essentials). Just look to key pieces here like that workwear take on a baseball jacket or some of the banging outerwear (the fishtail parka and funnel neck jacket come to mind) to see what the fall collection is all about.
Hit the brand’s site for more info.
The Air Max 95 just celebrated it’s 20th birthday. The venerable sneaker was a drastic deparature from the Air Max lineage (designed by Tinker Hatfield). The designer Sergio Lozano took the sneaker in a bold new direction, inspired by the rib cage of the human body. The original is now back in a quality retro (retailing at $170). With so many 95’s using different materials, I still think that the original suede version looks the best. Find the neons at Nike, Foot Locker and Finish Line.
If you’re looking for something new entirely, the 95 is also available as a Nike iD.
Deluxe is a reliable Japanese label for men’s staple items made with noticeable quality and care. Like many other labels from the country, the focus is on re-interpreting classic American vintage pieces but where the brand excels is updating these styles and keeping that level of quality construction while adding details and bring the fit up to modern standards.
A quick look at the selection on the website with everything from coats to bombers and denim on the Deluxe site.
Nikelab quietly dropped new items from the ACG collection today. The product is in-line with the new design ethos and direction set by Matt Parker and Errolson Hugh (leader designer at Acronym). The ACG tech shirting features a water resistant nylon material with details like discrete zippered pockets and articulated sleeves . The pants and crewneck play off the Nike tech fleece fabric and are slick updates to the standard tech fleece designs. Best of all, the price point on the gear seems to have gone down a good 20-25% from the debut collection making the ACG line a more attractive value to techwear enthusiasts.
Browse the full collection of new pieces on Nike.com.
Satoshi Kawamoto is a Brooklyn based artist (Green Fingers) who uses plants to tell his story. Launched earlier this week at Green fingers market store in New York, Larose Paris has collaborated with Satoshi on a capsule collection of baseball caps, 2 burlap 5 panels and 2 rabbit felt zip fedoras with contrasting zip tape. All made in France by expert milliners, this collection is reflects white roses and greenery.
Japanese streetwear label C.E (CAVEMPT) has just released their latest selection of items from the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. The team of Toby Feltwell and Sk8thing have once again used graphics as the basis of the collection. There’s many items here in a collage-type style , replicating the feeling of a graphic designer work-in-progress. Returning items include a new take on the above distressed Plauge hoody, as well as a new disguise scarf. Ontop of that, this collection features a new backpack design. Shop the collection directly through the CAVEMPT website.
In the midst of the Nike Presto revival we’ve seen this year, Hender Scheme has quietly previewed their upcoming take on the iconic sneaker. Shifting the materials and construction to the raw untanned leather typical of the Japanese label brings the design full circle from an ahead of it’s time technical design to now a nostalgic and handcrafted ode to the 2000 Nike classic. If you’re looking for Hender Scheme’s online, the distribution of the brand has expanded a bit and you can find models over at Barney’s or East Dane.
I’ve spent most my life firmly in the anti-boat shoe camp. The shoe conjures up images of frat parties and business casual conferences at the local Howard Johnson, but leave it up to Visvim to upgrade this prep staple into something more than the sum of it’s parts. These deserve to be on the deck of a mega yacht, not your buddy Steve’s poor excuse for a speedboat.
Find these over at Mr.Porter.
Being one of the few men’s brands that is still made in New York City, Engineered Garments stands independently in both it’s production and outlook. Beyond the clothes themselves, a notable aspect of this latest lookbook for the spring/summer 2016 are the casting choices. A testament to the versatility of the clothing, EG has always been about updating classic American vintage with a twist and this lookbook shows just how versatile some of the pieces are no matter your personal style. Standout pieces include an elongated Chester coat, olive BDU, and plenty of great prints on shirting, outerwear and shorts.
Adidas Consortium teamed up with Canadian menswear label wings+horns for a small collection of apparel and footwear. The sneakers are Stan Smiths in high quality Horween leather and the garments are all made in Canada at wings+horn factories. The bomber jacket comes in a nice tan colorway as well as black , and the general laid-back athletic vibe of the capsule makes this easy to work into alot of different fits. Check Haven for more info on the collection.