Huiben Shop first launched in 2017  with an emphasis on curating rare archival designer products. The online-based retailer has just launched a collection of over 80 items from Undercover’s storied history. The pieces date back all the way to 1999 and hardcore fans of UC will recognize many of the the iconic products selected.  The selection includes memorable grails including the Young Martyr printed Gore-Tex Parka and distressed 85 Denim from the “Arts and Crafts” collection. To accompany the product drop, Huiben has also put together a full feature which reflects on some of Jun Takahashi’s most iconic collections to date and includes stylized looks featuring products from four of UC’s best collections :

Pyschocandy SS14

Anatomicouture AW13

Earmuff Maniac AW09

AW07

Scab SS03

The retrospective that Huiben crafted for the sale is a worthy celebration of what designer Jun Takahashi has achieved in his years at the helm of Undercover. Just browsing through the selection of items, the influence and creativity of Undercover’s legacy is felt.  See more images from the sale below and visit Huiben Shop ASAP as these rare pieces are sure to move quickly.

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The “order-disorder” collection from Undercover is based around imagery from Stanley Kubricks masterpiece 2001 : A Spade Odyssey. I introduced the showstopping down jacket from the collection earlier. Some of the other impeccably tailored garments utilize other scenes from the movie for inspiration.  HBX has created an editorial around these pieces which include the Last Supper T-shirt, Astronautics Agency Crewneck, HAL Bomber Jacket and White Monolith Raincoat. You can shop the featured items directly on their webshop.

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Grind Magazine takes on Sacai’s Fall/Winter offerings with a new editorial modeled by Japanese actor Yosuke Kobuzuka. The season pulls no punches with looks that include bright plaids and floral prints. The styling itself features a ton of layering with floral prints placed onto of turtlenecks and hoodies. While the trademark maximalism of Sacai is fully represented along with pieces from their New York Times collaboration, the Uggs shown are still a bit questionable. View the rest of the editorial below and shop select Sacai pieces at Farfetch.

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If the public demand is any indication  Nike’s React Element 87 is a certified hit.  With an Undercover version of the sneaker still pending, Nike brings out two new color ways of the stand out shoe. The translucent TPE upper, futuristic detailing, and unique React midsole appear in both a “Desert Sand” and a “Dark Grey” version.  The first uses ‘volt’ accents as an eye-catching detail while the latter opts for bold photo blue detailing.

Both of these new React Element colorways are set to release August 14th at US retailers and on Nike SNKRS and August 16th at EU retailers including BSTN.

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The latest collection from Human Made includes a special homage to Vigo’s own restaurant enterprise Curry Up. The aloha style shirt is cut in a short sleeve with and made from a rayon and cotton blend. The eye catching ‘Mr. Curry’ print makes reference to ingredients and menu items.  The shirt is now available at HAVEN.

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First shown at Pitto Uomo the FW18 Undercover collection is all based around the classic Stanley Kubrick film 2001 A Space Odyssey. In particular many of the pieces focus around the HAL supercomputer that stars as the main villain of the film . A standout piece from the collection is this insane down jacket that has a helmet hood design complete with a see-through visor.  Other details include raglan shoulders, syncopated contrast white panelling, “Undercover Astronautics Agency” emblem patch,  and a “HAL9000” reference patch from Space Odyssey, side zipped pockets, interior mesh pouch, zipped phone pocket at sleeve, cuff straps, straight hem, tonal stitching. While the jacket is not cheap retailing at $3,723 USD it’s already moving quickly on H Lorenzo’s store shelves. 

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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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Fans of Konami’s Metal Gear Solid series will soon get the chance to explore the artwork of the first four entries, as well as Peace Walker. Dark Horse Publishing is set to release The Art of Metal Gear Solid I-IV to shelves in an 800-page hardcover collection on August 7. The book features tons of various concept art and design layouts that helped set the look and feel of the Kojima created universe. While it was previously released in Japanese, this is the first English release. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is a must have for long-time fans of the games. Click through to see more sample pages from the book.

Available now at Amazon

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The Nike Vandal is an under appreciated classic hi-top model. The sneaker has attracted the attention of Raf Simons in the past, with the designer putting out his own take on the style in the past. Great to see that Nike is bringing some classic color ways of the sneaker including a Black/Metallic Gold version and a shoe that features University Red/Metallic Silver . Even better the shoe brings back the classic nylon upper and pairs it with a simple white midsole unit.  Expect these to hit store shelves on August 8 at select Nike Sportswear retailers including Nordstroms at a retail of $99USD.

 

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Exclusive to Japan, North Face Purple Label offers a more refined retro-inspired take on classic outdoors gear. Designed by Nanamica designer Eiichiro Homma, the Fall/Winter 2018 collection channels 90s vibes with a ton of easy to incorporate pieces. The styling here is always a highlight when it comes to this label. Featuring an array of subtle tones tans, navy and mustard yellows, the colors work together with unique fabric choices to make for inspiring Fall wardrobe choices. Some of the products to look for in the collection include the Harris Tweed Field Caps, functional Mountain Day Pack and the Nuptse Mini. Click through to see the entire collection and visit the Purple Label website for more information. To find older items , a good bet is to search the label on Rakuten.

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