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While 2019 was a flurry of collaborations and high profile releases, it seems that Jordan brand is going back to their archives with some of the releases this year. With the classic Jordan 1 becoming one of the most sought after retros in recent years, it’s nice to see that Jordan Brand is paying homage to the original with this release. The shape of this model is the closest to date we’ve gotten to the original ’85 classic. This flipped variation plays off the classic ‘Black/Red’ colorway seen on the banned Jordan 1s. The sneaker has gone to great lengths to preserve the feeling of the original, even re-creating the hang tags that was featured on the sneakers upon their original release. Jordan brand had to go back to their archives to find the original photo of MJ in order to recreate the look of that paper tag. These are sure to be high sought after and even more so considering their release is limited to a mere 23,000 pairs. Look for more release details to leak prior to their release in February.

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C.E. returns with a new set of looks for Spring/Summer 2020. The Japanese streetwear label has been in a comfortable position with their presentation and graphics for a couple years now and once again they mix subversive graphics with a mix of different materials in the necessary warm weather staples. While I do miss the more elaborate lookbooks the brand has put out in the past, it’s nice to see a fresh color palette here that includes everything from subdued pastels to bright earth tones. Look for items on C.E’s own webshop as well as stockists including SJS.

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The team at Maison Margiela has brought back an iconic accessory design with the silver watch strap bracelet. Similar in design to the type of straps found on Rolex watches. The Steel oyster link bracelet come with brushed and polished detailing and a discrete engraved logo at the clasp. If you want something that feels undeniably Margiela that’s both somehow both attention grabbing and subtle, check out this piece. Available at SSENSE.

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Nanamica presents a simple summer weather lookbook. The clothes have a clean nautical theme and offer up refined versions of men’s classics like mac coats, rugby shirts and vintage chinos. For rainier weather, nanamica also came prepared with a selection of nanamica GORE-TEX PACKLITE PLUS jackets. As always the lookbook is presented with minimalistic styling and excellent photography. Find the items over at Nanamica’s official webstore

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Li-Ning is an athletic wear brand that does not get much attention outside in North America. Despite several high profile athlete endorsements in the NBA, Li-Ning still lives in the shadow of the big three sneaker companies. That’s starting to change however if sneakers like the Furious Rider Ace are any indication.

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2019 is a fitting year to look back at the Legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic cyberpunk manga AKIRA. Set in 2019, the illustration and anime based on the story are now a legendary part of the sci-fi canon. One Japanese collector Satoshi Takahashi, has amassed an extraordinary collection of some of the best vintage AKIRA t-shirts released during the past 20 years.

Takahashi who is a creative director and fashion stylist in  has been obsessed with the manga since it’s release in 1982. Since then he’s collected over 40 T-shirts. Finding the shirts through thrift stores and online auction sites like Yahoo Japan .  He used the publication “AKIRA CLUB” which published in 1995 by Kodansha as his main reference for tracking down references on the older T-shirts. In addition, “GENGA” (2012) and Katsuhiro Otomo’s special feature “BRUTUS” (2014) were influential in guiding his search to complete his collection. Among the shirts in his collection are many of the highly sought after licensed Fashion Victim T-shirts, bootlegs, as well as more recent collaborations with Otomo and Supreme.

Click through for more photos of his collection and visit WWD Japan for the entire interview.

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After the release of the Daybreak earlier this year, Undercover has once again teamed up with Nike this time for two colorways of a new running sneaker under the Gyakusou sub-line. Bright yellow and deep red colorways are the main focus of the sneaker but other additions include a floral illustration by the swoosh. I’m partial to the yellow colorway myself but the red is also undeniably striking. Look for these to drop September 26th at select Nike retailers.

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Snow Peak has a unique place in the marketplace being a Japanese lifestyle brand that doesn’t make any compromises when it comes to the functionality of their products. The Fall/Winter 2019 lookbook once again presents well-styled looks that cater to men and women. The picturesque outdoors backdrops really do portray how you can work in pieces from the label with all your camping and hiking equipment without anyone batting an eye. Covering the bases from fleeces to nylon liners and militaristic styled outerwear, the collection is brought together through a harmonious color palette that focuses on tans, olives and toned down burgundy.

Fall-friendly floral and geometric prints round out the collection. Expect the new range to hit Snow Peak’s website and stores including Matches Fashion in the coming months.

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The Zoom Fly series has hit the rare sweet spot between performance and style. The sneakers have been particularly popular amongst runners who are serious about their run times. The latest version of the celebrated runner is simply dubbed the Zoom Fly 3. Once again it features a translucent upper with some new twists. New additions include a Pegasus-like heel for comfort around the Achilles, a bootie-style upper, and a lacing system that works in conjunction with an arch band to provide a more supportive, customizable fit. Finally there is the inclusion of react foam and a full-length carbon fibre plate which should add additional support. The sneaker is available in several colorways including this minimalistic black/white variant. Find these through the Nike Online or Hibbet’s.

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If you’re looking for a hat that you can pair with more techwear minded fits, North Face has a great unstructured option. This hat is made out of durable Gore-Tex fabric which makes it both waterproof and breathable. At a retail of only $40 as well as multiple colorways, this makes for a versatile summer option. You can find the hat at outdoors retailers including the North Face online shop and Backcountry.

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