When it comes to authentic reproductions of denim, no country does it better than Japan. Artisans there have sourced many of the original shuttle looms that made crafting denim the traditional way possible.
Weaving Shibusa is a documentary that delves into the revival of denim in Japan. The film gives unprecedented access to the storied industry of Japanese denim, told by the vintage denim experts thesmselves, the highly regarded “Osaka 5”.
What makes Japanese denim special is not only the materials, machinery, and techniques, but also the people and ideas behind the process. This film reveals the intense passion and insight behind Japanese denim, but also poses the question; what is the future of these garments that are so deeply rooted in the past?
The trailer gives a quick glimpse into what viewers can expect from the film which releases in August. There will be a premiere at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on August 6.
The Nike Zoom Air Spiridon is a source of great nostalgia for sneaker fans. The original colorways of the sneaker were iconic and have finally been retroed this year more than a decade after their original 1997 release. If the OG colors are a bit too garish for your current style, this clean white and wolf grey pair is a nice alternative.
C.E just released a handful of pieces from it’s Fall/Winter 2016 season. While there hasn’t been a lookbook shared of yet, one of the best items so far is the Collared Pullover Top. Minimally branded on the front, the back features a screen-printed and patch graphics. Get it directly from the C.E website , intransigent capitalism indeed.
IDOL has established itself as one of the most interesting men’s shops in New York. The Williamsburg based store recently took some time to shoot an editorial with pieces from it’s Rick Owens FW16 buy. The editorial mixes pieces from the ‘Mastodon’ collection.
For more details on the items and to shop online visit Idol Brooklyn.
Detroit based Revive Michigan has a dual collab releasing with Whiz Limited and Majestic Japan. The t-shirt is limited to just 50 units. The tee is made from heavyweight Japanese cotton and features screen-print on the front and back including the Whiz Limited 76 logo on the back.
The collaboration releases this Friday at Noon at Revive.
I usually share a style inspiration post each season with images that can help inspire personal styling to go with the changes in weather. This time around this summer style inspiration board has been submitted by a loyal Third Looks reader Franco Zulueta. He’s described his selection of imagery below.
With summer in full swing, comfort and simplicity are the name of the game this time of year. May this selection of images help inspire you in by the hot days ahead.
NOWHERE is a shop that has been at the center of the streetwear world it’s whole existence. While I never had the privilege of visiting the store before it’s closure, I was able to research key moments in it’s history.
Below is an excerpt from the brief history of NOWHERE I wrote, you can read the the rest over on Grailed.
Streetwear through the 1990s was a regional phenomenon. The success of a label was determined through its ability to proliferate amongst a local scene. Brands of the time found an audience through adjacent subcultures like BMX, skateboarding, punk and hip-hop to push their products. The ’90s saw the emergence of Stussy as a mainstream brand and Supreme as a force within New York’s downtown scene. As American streetwear brands built their empire, so did a young generation of streetwear designers from Japan.
Within the greater Japanese fashion industry, a particular area held particular influence: Urahara. The neighborhood was home base for those who ultimately would become the leaders of Japanese streetwear. Brands like A Bathing Ape, Bounty Hunter, Undercover, WTAPS and Neighborhood owe much of their success to Urahara and the community that grew around it. In particular, Jun Takahashi and Nigo started something special by opening NOWHERE in 1993. The original store was the first place to sell both Undercover and BAPE and it’s unique reputation and product mix gives it a legendary status in the streetwear world to this day.
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.