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Needles has spent the last couple years clarifying the vision of designer Keizo Shimizu. He has always brought together influences from across different genres including vintage workwear, military surplus and sportswear. While the ever-popular tracksuit and pants return, there’s plenty of new stuff to see as well. There’s pieces influenced by vintage western wear and even loose-fitting casual 70s suiting. The overall effect is relaxed and personable. With so many expressive pieces and creative styling throughout the looks, there is plenty here for pretty much everybody who is a fan of Needles.

Look for items to start dropping at retailers including Union Made in the Fall.

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Exclusive to Japan, North Face Purple Label offers a more refined retro-inspired take on classic outdoors gear. Designed by Nanamica designer Eiichiro Homma, the Fall/Winter 2018 collection channels 90s vibes with a ton of easy to incorporate pieces. The styling here is always a highlight when it comes to this label. Featuring an array of subtle tones tans, navy and mustard yellows, the colors work together with unique fabric choices to make for inspiring Fall wardrobe choices. Some of the products to look for in the collection include the Harris Tweed Field Caps, functional Mountain Day Pack and the Nuptse Mini. Click through to see the entire collection and visit the Purple Label website for more information. To find older items , a good bet is to search the label on Rakuten.

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You may be familiar with Toronto based designer Waley Gao through his work with Canadian label Index as well as his own custom designed pieces he’s featured online. Today marks the launch of a new endeavor Tired Lab, which is a distillation of design concepts that have inspired the designer in recent months. The full fledged line includes a full range of outerwear, shirting and trousers. The pieces stand out with their unique blend of details which include hand-stitching, mixed fabric selections and utilitarian pocket and zipper placement. One perfect example of this mindset is the versatile 2-in-1 convertible Phase Vest which doubles as a side bag when it’s not being worn.

Among the notable items are a logo graphic tee, a Cropped Flannel Jacket and the Mechanics Jumpsuit. One thing that stands out about the selection is the fact that each piece is made to order. Each item is hand cut, sewn, and constructed on a per-order basis. Take a look at the lookbook for the debut collection below and visit Tired’s webshop to see the full range of products.

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Back with another season of graphically driven street. C.E launches their lookbook which is shot in a literal cave. The season mixes detail heavy prints with a darker muddy color palette. Denim, leather and cotton knits provide texture in the collection. There’s even a full wool suit on offer which is the first time we’ve seen something like that from Cav Empt. Be sure to check out the incredible tongue-in-cheek mockumentary video about the collection titled ‘The Clothes Themselves” on the C.E site.

Look for pieces to drop at stockists including SJS in the coming weeks.

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Celebrating a decade of collaboration between Stone Island’s Carlo Rivetti and Errolson Hugh & Micheal Sachenbacher of ACRONYM, Shadow Project has released a lookbook for their 21st collection 6919./

Driven by the fundamental processes of exploration, development, and expression, the 10-year anniversary collection marries comfort and carrying capability. The label has a series of flank and drop pockets for all your every day goods. Perhaps the most important and eye-catching aspect of the collection is the research put into the fabrics themselves.  The pay off comes via Scarebeo textile which is a conspicuously reflective iridescent material inspired by the exterior of beetles. The ever-popular Stealth jacket serves as an excellent example of this new iridescent treatment. Items are available at stockists including SSENSE and E-35.

 

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Transitioning into the next season, JULIUS brings new looks via a Resort 2018 Lookbook. The collection is titled “White Noise,”  and certainly lives up to the name with plenty of strong monochromatic looks. Avoiding any sort of prints , graphics or textures, the Resort 2019 is exceptionally clean and al about the fit.  Whether you like a more slim, streamlined look or you favor more voluminous  items, there’s something here for you. Along the usual jackets, sweatesr, shirst, pants, and footwear offerings there are also a selection of accessories including caps, waist packs and minimalist bolo ties. While some notable pieces include a dual lapel blazer, patterned button-up shirt and patchwork sewn wide leg cotton pants.

Check out the lookbook above and look for JULIUS’s Resort 2019 collection to hit retailers soon. You can find more Julius pieces on sale at SSENSE.

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Japanese label KAPITAL is a brand that really caters towards expressive dressers. The brand offers up a mix of pieces produced using vintage techniques with a variety of prints including leopard, plaid, and tiger camo. Denim, fleece, boro and navy are heavy points of emphasis in the collection, along with eye-catching pops of orange. Modeled by a diverse cast of characters of different ethnicities and ages, the looks prove that Kapital really does have something for everyone this season.

Look through for the entire lookbook and shop KAPITAL at Mr.Porter and Union Made Goods.

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Do you like to go hiking? Even if the answer is a solid no, there are advantages of outdoors clothing designed to keep you comfortable in changing climates and in wet rainy conditions. If the techwear aesthetic is not your thing, one of the best outdoors brands out of Japan And Wander is delivering an incredibly well thought out fall/winter collection that keeps a balance of performance and style.  This new collection brings a selection of outerwear, layering pieces like fleeces and puffer vests. The hiking focus is augmented with some workwear influenced pieces such as the work shirts and aprons. Some of the headline pieces are eye-catching jackets such as the taped seam mountain parkas and high-necked down jackets. What makes the collection more compelling is the styling that compiles great full looks for both women and men. While distribution outside the brand’s native Japan is a somewhat limited you can expect pieces to hit shops including SSENSE and and wander’s wehshop later this fall.

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I previously covered Dominate Jakarta, announcing it as one of the most exciting brands coming out of Indonesia. The team at Dominate is back for a Spring/Summer 2018 offering , releasing a lookbook that draws inspiration from different musical movements. The focus this time around shifts from the 70’s punk seditionairies movement as well as reggae music.  These musical influence is sprinkled throughout the collection itself which also focuses  on outerwear, graphic T-shirts, long-sleeve crewnecks and printed button-down shirts. My personal favorite item from the collection is the khaki and olive  nylon pullover. For more info on the products check out their Instagram. Click through for more images.

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Comme des Garçons Black is a lesser known sub-line from the Japanese company. The label focuses on re-issues of classic Comme designs in a simple monochromatic color assortment.  A new collaboration with streetwear Nike giant features mens and womenswear, the capsule mixes Nike’s penchant for streetwear graphics and mixes them with CdG styling. The most captivating piece from the collection is the tech-friendly anorak and the track pants overlaid with a a pika-dot skirt design. Also launching along with the collaboration is a new color way of the archival Nike Night Track model with a patent leather heel.

Check back soon for pricing and availability, as the collection is expected to hit retailers including Dover Street Market and Hong Kong’s I.T , click through for more images.

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