It’s important for new brands to establish themselves through not only the product design but the presentation of the clothes themselves. A new line based out of Toronto called Index grabs attention straight off the bat with it’s gritty, textured take on men’s wear. Combining a relaxed silhouette with details such as raw hems and asymmetrical hardware, the line strikes a balance between the technical and the natural. The line uses many Japanese fabrics but are made in Canada. Pieces will be produced in limited quantities and are releasing soon, although they are available for pre-order now through the Index website.
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Sasquatchfabrix. has has spent the past year raising it’s brand profile. The brand activity included a capsule with beams and a hyped up Supreme collab. Despite all these ventures, Sasquatchfabrix gets down to the roots of their style with this collection. The clothing is equal parts recreations of historic Japanese garments with modernized fits and styling. We see this combination in the creative reinterpretations of kimonos. Other key items from the fall range are the bomber jackets, padded trousers and long draped coats.
I first covered Dominate Jakarta’s spring/summer collection on this site back in February. I was excited to see that the label had returned with an even stronger fall/winter 2016/17 collection entitled ‘Zeitgeist’. In the notes for the collection, Dominate includes this quote from Hegel “No man can surpass his own time,for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit.”
The lookbook continues to emphasize the gritty militaristic mood of the collection. The lookbook shows off everything from the screen printed basic tees and hats to an awesome distressed hoodie with hand-sewn patches. Other highlights are a pair of cropped fatigues and a navy mountain parka. Distribution for the brand seems quite limited outside of it’s native Indonesia so it’s probably best to hit their site directly for the goods.
Having just passed the brand’s 25th anniversary, Undercover takes an interesting turn for spring/summer 2017. Jun Takahashi is quoted as saying that this collection is all about daily men’s clothes and putting out the pieces he wants to wear. He seems to have embraced a balance between the more conceptual and utility/ease of wear. The garments this year are cut larger and not the usually super-skinny cuts we’ve come to expect from UC. In addition the color palette is extremely varied with a rich selection of tans, greens, pastels and a ton of different applied graphics and striking prints. The collection also had a theme of improvisation to it, which is shown in the layering and styling. Jun wanted a collection where pieces could be mixed and matched and still look good and I believe he achieved that.
Jun shows that once you get used to the idea of what the undercover brand is, he gets bored and switches it up on us. The decidedly bohemian summer collection should make it onto store shelves early next year, here’s hoping that some of the more elaborate pieces get picked up by buyers. Look for it to drop at stockists like END, SJS, Haven and SSENSE soon.
And Wander is the type of brand that could only exist in Japan. It’s a niche enthusiast hiking and outdoor label that makes specialized gear for that purpose. That being said the utilitarian design doesn’t take away from the fact that And Wander really finesses and stylizes each piece. Notable items include the tech-shells and a wild waterproof cape that you can see in the looks below. If you’re looking for stylish performance gear that can blend in with the clothes you already have , And Wander FW16 should serve you well.
Based in Seoul, IISE has released it’s second collection of clothing entitled ‘002’. The brand constructs its clothes using a variety of Korean fabrics, mixing the traditional with the modern. This season Korean naturally-dyed fabrics for its apparel line, having first used them for its bags last season. Utilizing ingredients such as natural indigo, charcoal and ash, the fabrics offer interesting textures with each piece unique. Check out the collection on their website.
Outlier has been one of the best American brands when it comes to producing a tech pant that is suitable for the office and everday life. The brand’s new lookbook showcases different silhouettes on some of their pants and items for the warmer weather. The 60/30 Big Blazer is based off of the brand’s signature 60/30 Blazer, this time with a loose cut flow for breathability. To complement the blazer are two pairs of pants — the 60/30 baggies, which are a wide-legged classic and the 60/30 de Campos, a loose but tapered pant.
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Frequent visitors to this site are probably familiar with some of the past collections from Eyes & Sins. The team deliver a new lookbook for the warmer spring/summer months. For Spring/Summer 2016, some feudal Japanese influences make their way into the mix and this is manifested in the incredible noragi-style jacket shown above. The line brings back some popular styles like the cargo pant and tactical vest in new fabrications. The styling and layering are top notch as usual and this stands as one of the best collections to date that the Guerrilla Group collective has brought out.
Select pieces from SS16 are already available on their website.
JieDa is a cult label in Japan that focuses on offering diverse versatile styles that wearers can incorporate into their own personal style. While it’s stockists are mainly in Asia, the label seems like it may be worth seeking out. Their Fall/Winter 2016 is a remix of many of the current mens trends – tonal styling, oversized jackets and bombers and baggier cut trousers. Hit the proxy and shop the brand direct online.
Nike and Undercover continue their bi-annual collections with new pieces in time for Spring/Summer 2016. Technical running gear is the focus and this season there’s perforated mesh and heat map detailing. Alongside the apparel two color-ways of the Nike LunarEpic will be releasing. Look for the first delivery to be available on March 10 via Nike Lab site and select retailers.