Like many things, Champion is flat out better in Japan. The Asia focused line offers up better fitting garments and higher quality construction. Classic Champion staples like Reverse Weave sweatshirts, jerseys, hoodies and outerwear are all here. There is even a leather jacket on offer. Keep in mind that this lookbook was shot with the Korean market in mind but it should be distributed across Asia. Take a look below at the entire lookbook over at their official site.
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Champion is a true American staple but unfortunately some of the best Champion product is hard to source in North America. Champion has a heritage line in Europe that comes complete with a slimmer modern fit and better construction than is usually found in the off the rack joints in the local athletic store. This season sees Champion issue clean basic takes on it’s classics as well as a few more graphical touches. These two crewneck sweaters as well as plenty of other new reverse weave options can be found over at END.
If you’re gonna get a Champion crewneck, it’s always been the case that the reverse weave joints are THAT much nicer. They’re more durable, hold their shape better after countless washes, and to me they’ve come represent a golden era of American manufacturing technique. It’s not suprising then that Champion Japan has produced it’s own line of basics that take inspiration from the original and add a modern twist. You can expect a better fit and an attractive marled texture that reminds me a bit of old Wings+Horns stuff. Of course these cost a bit more than their American counterparts but the price points are pretty fair (about $40-60 depending on the item). Get it straight from the source, but just a warning: you may need a proxy.
SENSE presents this preview of spring/summer 2013 COMME des GARCONS Junya Watanabe Man and eYe collections. From first glance the color palette is full of light warm weather pastels and khakis. The shirting comes in an assortment of stripes, patterns and floral prints that are sure to be popular. As expected Junya collaborated with an assortment of brands for SS13, this includes the Champion sweatshirt material riders jacket and the Levi’s denim shown above. Most interestingly Pointer Brand is crafting a special coverall piece. My favorite items from this collection are the down varsity jacket and the two pairs of red and blue denim that I would love to see in person. Something I can’t give a pass to are the long past the knee black denim shorts. Thankfully the rest of the collection has enough promise to forgive and forget.