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.
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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.
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.
Looking at winter clothes when it’s July is just a sobering reminder that winters last much longer than summers in the northern hemisphere. In the case of Japanese outerwear specialists nanamica though, planning (and budgeting) ahead might be worth the effort. If you’re looking for smart practical pieces to get you through the colder months , the Japanese outerwear specialists once again deliver offering up smart duffle coats, blazers and raincoats in GORE-TEX, WINDSTOPPER, COOLMAX fabrics. Think Patrick Bateman if he grew up in a progressive left-leaning Scandinavian utopia instead of coming of age amongst the hedonistic sociopathy of downtown Manhattan.
Takahiro Miyashita has never been the type of designer to rest on his laurels. If one thing has defined his design career, it has been his ability to constantly shift from season to season. From Number (N)ine, to this his 13th collection of the Soloist. While the DNA of his work remains vintage Americana filtered through a rock and roll viewpoint, it seems he has chosen to focus on sleeker cuts and a lot of monochrome looks this time around. Looking at the lookbook, it’s hard not to think Noel Gallagher, but fortunately the clothes seem much more relevant in 2015.
Undercover is coming up on it’s 25 anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion the spring/summer 2016 Undercoverism collection entitled ‘The Greatest’ draws inspiration from past UC collections. Many of the pieces re-interpret the themes of classic collections like ‘But Beautiful’, ‘SCAB’ and ‘Languid’ to create something new all together. If you’re a fan of older Undercover this is a great opportunity to get items that you missed the first time around. It seems that there are also a number of licensed Star War pieces in the collection. The sci-fi series was always something aluded to in collections but it’s interesting to see it acknowledged directly here (though I’m a bit iffy on the SITH/JEDI snapbacks). Overall I the SS16 collection is an unpretentious acknowledgement of where UC has been and a nod to some of the brand’s long-term supporters.
Gentry is hands down one of the best menswear stores in New York. The shop stocks a well-edited selection from the likes of Stone Island, Engineered Garments, TS(S), Junya Watanabe and more. In time for the warm weather on the east coast the camp at Gentry have released a fresh editorial titled ‘Brand New’. The styling emphasizes an elevated approach to how guys actually dress. There’s plenty of brand mixing going on which is complimented by the top notch photography.
See the rest of the editorial after the jump and be sure to hit up the store’s site for more.
I’ve been watching the evolution of GFIRMG since the the creative team’s first foray into accessories with Silent Whisper. Since then the line has expanded from just accessories, to the t-shirt focused EYES&SINS to what is now the fullest expression of GFIRMG’s capabilities – Guerrilla Group. The new season once again draws from familiar sources – obscure action and sci-fi films, video games and anime but re-configures them in unexpected new ways. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection is entitled ‘The End of Secrecy’ and is a take on how the age of digital surveillance and expanded technological capability have presented the greatest affront yet to nature and man’s place within it.
This is all heavy stuff for a clothing line to express but luckily, the development in concept has also resulted in a leveling up of the functionality of the garments. The new line includes the use of custom synthesized fabrics, EAGLETEX® and ECOYA®, that are laminated and post processed with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating for adaptation of various environments, adding to overall mobility and versatility. Even simple stalwarts like the coaches jacket and cargo pants are reimagined with little details altered and customized. Graphics have also played a huge role in GFIRMG’s past designs and once again feature prominently here. Not all items have been released online as of yet but a small selection has already been put up for sale through the GG site.
Grind London has just dropped it’s new spring/summer 2015 collection named ‘In Season’. The collection consists of shirting, trousers/shorts, tees, light jackets and accessories that continue to reflect the brand’s London roots. The label pulls from the subcultures and music in London and in the past has heavily used reggae/roots motifs and graphics. In this latest go-around, the vibes are definitely summery with a focus on simple graphical designs that are right at home poolside or at the beach.
Items are available for order directly through Grind’s webshop.
Celebrated Italian retailer Slam Jam Socialism presents their take on the Undercover Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Religious reference and renaissance paintings have been part of UC designer Jun Takahashi’s repertoire for some time now and this editorial investigates this inspiration at the source. The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of San Luca was selected as the backdrop for this photoshoot. Situated on top of the hills around Bologna, the well-worn stonework effectively contrasts the current UC collection.
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