Undercover returns this season for a second round of collaborations with Supreme. The line this year is even more expansive than last years selection. The typical selection of branded typographic graphics is back along with some suprises (a doc martin boot, supreme GILApple and a reversible bomber). Graphic zip and pullover hoodies, tees, an all over coaches jacke, bondage pant and a wool coat are some of the other options available this time around. While the fit and production looks to come from Supreme, expect the line to sell out immediately regardless. Personally I think this collection is a step up from last years, and I have a feeling we might see this become a yearly thing similar to the CdG x Supreme capsules. Whether it’s worth the resell pricing or the hassle is up to you.
The collection will be available at Supreme’s in-store locations in New York, Los Angles, London, Paris, as well as its online store from September 22. Japan will see a September 24 launch date.
Yesterday say not just the release of the ACRONYM x Nike Presto Mids, but also the unveiling of the collection itself. The German based techwear pioneers present a strong array of pieces for the colder weather months. Outerwear wise two designs really steal the show in my opinion; the J43A-GT and the J53TS-GT. These two designs have all the functionality expected from Acronym outerwear but the feel and fit of the pieces is precise and refined. Other new highlights include the J57TS-SS bomber jacket, the P24A-DS cargo pant.
Acronym continues to build momentum and a worldwide fanbase, but the downside of their growth is that their products are selling faster than ever before. Some items from this season are already sold out on the ACR website. Luckily there are a good selection of other stockists including END, Haven, HBX, Bdga, Hanon Shop, Bureau Belfast, Belief Moscow and Firmament Berlin.
Perpetual techwear favorite Shadow Project is back with another directional collection. The fall collection utilizes over-dyed textiles that pull from the expert techniques of the parent brand Stone Island. All the winter outerwear bases are covered from bubble-goose jackets and insulated bombers to parkas and vests. There’s a heavy emphasis on zippers, pockets and practical details. The best iteration of this idea in the collection is a jacket with a large front zip-out pocket (large enough to store a laptop or other electronics).
Nanamica always puts out one of my favorite loobooks each season. Remember wearing North Face in high school? I feel like Nanamica is the grad school version of that look. You have the reassurance of proper technical features when it comes to the elements but the label also combines it with relaxed tailoring and great fabrics. If you want something versatile that you can work to work and on vacation, it’s hard to beat Nanamica.
Hailing from the West coast , GHSTS releases it’s second lookbook previewing pieces from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. GHSTS S/S 2017 “Escape” explores the architecture of Palm Springs, California with a washed out color palette to match. A selection of the Japanese and American fabrics for and well thought out detailing (Riri zippers and raw edges) help the collection stand out. Visit GHSTS online for more information on the forthcoming collection and click through to see the entire lookbook.
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.