Every now and then a designer creates one of their strongest collections. I feel that way about Sacia’s Fall/Winter 2015 men’s collection. Obscure and hard to find outside Japan, Sacai and head designer Chitose Abe has raised her profile internationally with a collaboration with Nike and an expanding womenswear distribution. GRIND Magazine plays with the nomadic vibe of the collection in this new editorial.
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Progressive street wear publication GRIND has been highlighting C.E each season and the fall/winter 2015 is no exception. A selection of jackets, pants, hoodies and accessories are combined in a shoot emphasizing movement and graphics. Check our last C.E post for more info on the fall/winter collection.
There are pieces that are sensible additions to any wardrobe, and there’s showcase pieces that you have to find a way to make work. This one of the latter. This incredible vest from Stone Island has too many features to list here. The key things to know are that it’s down filled and sheepskin shearling lined. , The material, is a proprietary a reflective water and wind resistant polyester fabric owing its features to a coating made of thousands of glass microspheres.
An opaque black plating totally covers the refraction of the material which can be seen when light bounces off it (think camera flashes). If you ever get to the point of wearing this monster in, it’s going to slowly change the impact of the reflections over time. Basically this is an incredible grail vest from Stone Island but you might not want to wear it around any airports.
Available at Haven.
For all that Stone Island does, it’s their outerwear pieces that are my favorite. This flight jacket from the fall winter collection features a padded nylon lining and sheepskin collar making this suitable for all but the coldest weather. While the price point may not be forgiving at over $800 you are guaranteed to stunt on your friends fall outerwear choices this year. If olive is just not your thing, it also comes in navy.
Available at End Clothing.
Y-3 has been gaining popuarity and momentum through 2014 with the release of the highly sought out Qasa sneaker. The hype was enough to make a new audience take a look beyond the footwear and at the unique athletic look of the entire line. GRIND kills it once again incorporating male and female models , while blending together key pieces from the fall/winter 2015 collection. Look for these items to be available directly through the Y-3 site.
GRIND Magazine puts their unique point of view on the Fall/Winter 2015 Neighborhood collection with this concise editorial. The photography focuses on the details in the outerwear and the relaxed styling is a logical accompaniment to Neighborhood’s take on street wear. My take on the collection is that the barbour-style coat is a banger. You can find current season NBHD stuff over at END.
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The Adidas Stan Smith has been one of the most popular sneakers in the past 12 months. Adidas Consortium (the most exclusive account the brand offers) is taking a victory lap in these Primeknit Stan Smiths. In black or white, with an off-white outsole these are subtle to the eye but they pack a punch with the reflective silver yarn incorporated into the construction of the back heel tab.
It’s hard to tinker with a classic but Adidas got it right with these Primeknit Stan Smiths, available at End Clothing for $135.
I had the pleasure of seeing the FW15 collection up-close when their showroom was setup in New York. The collection came about as a result of head designer’s Hiroki Nakamura’s travels through the United States, Italy and Europe. You can expect a host of fire outerwear including a great iteration on the MA-1 and a field jacket covered in vintage-style patches, not to the mention the Noragi inspired by bomber jackets.
While the pricepoint may have you saving for a few months, the creatively layered looks from the collection should tide you over. Look for stockists including Farfetch and End Clothing to get a hold of these pieces outside of Asia.
JohnUndercover has found it’s niche with it’s spring/summer 2016 season. I was a bit skeptical of the diffusion line (if you can call it that) when it first launched. The price point being almost as high as mainline Undercover, the labels seemed to lack distinction in the crowded crop of current Japanese labels. That being said, it’s come on strong in more recent collections offering more pared down versions of Undercover concepts. It’s nice that the line is even more minimal on branding and graphics and more emphasis layering, color and materials.
The fall collection is strong on neutrals like tan, white and grey and uses them together to great effect. In this way, it’s achieving what every diffusion line should – creating something both familiar and different. JohnUndercover isn’t Undercover but it runs parallel to it the same way Gyakusou has embodied the running / technical side of UC. Looking back at the SS15 collection, there is a lot here that can be worked together with those pieces. While there’s no release date on any of this gear just yet, look for products from the fall collection to trickle into stores like SSENSE and Haven soon.
You may know the Japanese label Cyderhouse from seeing a few of it’s grail-status outerwear pieces on tumblr or around on the internet. It’s definetly not one of those brands you’ll see often outside of Japan. That being said, the label might be worth seeking out as it’s maximalist designs add alot of personality to tried and true men’s staples. Following up a strong SS15 showing, Cyderhouse once again brings it’s weird subcultural blend of references and combines it with interesting styling and a strong fit that’s not too slim and not too oversized. Check their website to see more from the collection.