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Needles has spent the last couple years clarifying the vision of designer Keizo Shimizu. He has always brought together influences from across different genres including vintage workwear, military surplus and sportswear. While the ever-popular tracksuit and pants return, there’s plenty of new stuff to see as well. There’s pieces influenced by vintage western wear and even loose-fitting casual 70s suiting. The overall effect is relaxed and personable. With so many expressive pieces and creative styling throughout the looks, there is plenty here for pretty much everybody who is a fan of Needles.

Look for items to start dropping at retailers including Union Made in the Fall.

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ACRONYM has released several new items from their SS18 collection today. Among the products are several jackets, 2 pairs of pants and  a re-stock of the s21-DS jersey hoodie. Several brand new models are appearing for the first time ever including the new P30 pant which comes in both Dryskin and CH fabrics. Based on BDU cargo pants, the P30 is an ultrawide 3/4 length zero-resistance utility pant that features articulated knees, and an updated integrated beltless fully-adjustable waistband. Fans of wider silohuettes from ACR will likely welcome this model into their wardrobe. Another new entrant is the J59TS-CH which is a TECSYS compatible loose bomber style jacket.  Cavernous detached entry and internal chest pockets are the highlight of this piece along with  the more relaxed shape of the garment. For a more minimal approach, the J69-GT is self-described by ACR as a jacket that you wear like a biker jacket but that has absolutely nothing to do with biker jackets. This style is finished with a new convertible-style collar. Explore the entire selection over the on ACRNM website or wait for the release on stockists including END which should be releasing items soon.

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Tetsu Nishiyama’s military centric WTAPS returns this season in time for the summer weather. New branding elements are seen, typographically representing the WTAPS  brand on a variety of tops, bottoms, light outerwear and accessories. Some key pieces from the drop include include the Para / Trouser Cargos, Scout LS overshirt and the Drag-On pullover anorak.

You can find select items online at retailers including HAVEN.

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I previously covered Dominate Jakarta, announcing it as one of the most exciting brands coming out of Indonesia. The team at Dominate is back for a Spring/Summer 2018 offering , releasing a lookbook that draws inspiration from different musical movements. The focus this time around shifts from the 70’s punk seditionairies movement as well as reggae music.  These musical influence is sprinkled throughout the collection itself which also focuses  on outerwear, graphic T-shirts, long-sleeve crewnecks and printed button-down shirts. My personal favorite item from the collection is the khaki and olive  nylon pullover. For more info on the products check out their Instagram. Click through for more images.

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As Shadow Project continues to distinct itself from mainline Stone Island, the SS18 collection brings one of the brightest, most colorful collections yet.  The label has taken inspiration from two central ideals for the season “expression through removal” and “opacity and transparency.” Certainly these appear throughout pieces in the line. This appears in the form of repeated print patterns and thin breataable fabrics. These include durable NASLAN as well as LUCID FLOCK, a translucent and ultra lightweight nylon material.  My personal favorite is the purple iridescent parka which is sure to catch looks. Look for the collection available at Stockists including END and Farfetch.

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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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Stone Island brings out it’s seasonal video presentation, this time showing their SS18 range. The collection has lots of muted pastel colors and easy to wear items. Also revealed in the short videos are item from Stone Island’s cult Marina line which include new “Folded” items which uses a dying, folding and printing process that makes each piece unique. Other pieces in the video lookbook are part of the the Italian brand’s Ghost range, which focuses on a stealthy more minimal approach to design. Look for the items to drop shortly in stockists including Selfridges.

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The theme of Raf’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection was inspired by the original Blade Runner film. The presentation itself in New York was done outside, re-creating the neon-lit back alleys that more resembled a movie set than a runway. The items are now arriving in-stores and feature a whole range of pieces from outerwear to shirting, pants, sneakers and accessories including printed lamps with Peter Saville graphics. Long-time fans of Raf will recognize the return of familiar Saville prints from past collections as well ranging from the Joy Division album artwork to the New Order Power,Corruption and Lies floral graphic. Shop the collection at Antonioli which featured a large buy from the season.

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If I were to name the most consistent brands when it comes to delivering well-styled lookbooks each and every season, nanamica would be at the top of that list. For it’s spring/summer 2018 collection the Japanese menswear specialists deliver on their promise of “minimal design with maximum functionality.”  Of note is the  great use of khaki and olive green in the collection, blended together with black and tan items. Technical fabrics used include GORE-TEX and PERTEX but it’s styled nicely as they are worked in with pieces that use natural materials as well. Look for pieces to drop early next year at international stockists for the label including END and Blue Button Shop.

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For COMME des GARÇONS HOMME’s Plus line, designer Junya Watanabe tweaked the standard Comme formula just a bit. Spring/Summer 2018 is an easy to wear collection of traditional suiting mixed in with sportswear-infused items. There are plenty of utilitarian details on the water repellant spring jackets. The color palette ranges from neutral greys, to black and accent colors of blue and red. Even if you don’t get any of the pieces, this is summer dressing done well. Click through to see the rest of the looks.

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