Junya Watanabe continues his streak of working with outerwear brands for the spring summer 2019 season. Watanabe teams up with both Karrimor and The North Face for some lighter jackets appropriate for warmer weather.
While the fall collections featured bulkier cuts and heavier duty materials, the spring collection emphasizes subtlety. Items include a dark navy technical parka and a fairly low-key camouflage coaches jacket. Expect items to show up at shops including SSENSE soon.
Another part of the on-going collab between Junya and British outerwear maker Karrimor, this coat is a longer version of the backpack design we’ve seen previously. The jacket is reversible and features black corduroy trim, a fishtail detail and a concealed two-way closure. The rear of the jacket features an integrated backpack modelled after Karrimor’s Intrepid 40 hiking bag. When reversed the jacket is presented in a understated dark navy with two large snap pockets. Multiple pockets throughout the piece help keep things functional. Undbounetly this jacket will set you back a pretty penny retailing at almost $3000USD. Available at SSENSE.
Last year saw the rollout of the first items from North Face’s collaboration with Junya Watanabe. Perhaps the best of the whole lot however just recently dropped. The made in Japan collab in delivering a highly functional jacket that features all kinds of technical detailing throughout – inspired by TNF’s original Terra 65 backpack. A patchworked masterpiece of water-resistant materials, this style is highly adaptable – featuring toggles and elastics at the hood and helming. Tasteful. Branding punctuates the look throughout, and alongside multiple pockets and backpack detailing. This is a show stealer and a must have for any serious technical outerwear fan. The only downside might be the hefty retail price, coming in at over $2000. It’s available now at END.
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One of the highlights from June Watanabe’s outerwear collaboration with the North Face. Inspired by 90’s North Face and the culture around the brand, the coat is constructed from wool twill and technical canvas. Tons of details on this one including drawstrings, a detachable faux-fur trim hood and concealed zip closure with button placket at the front. The only thing not to like is the heft price point on this piece, you can get it over at SSENSE.
When Junya showed his fall/winter 2018 collection, the standout pieces were definitely his collaboration pieces with North Face. Pulling both from the vintage North Face archive as well as Junya’s signature detailing. Included among the drop are zip hoodies, varsity jackets and an oxford jacket. The entire selection is available online at Dover Street Market.
The Levi’s Type 2 trucker is a ubiquitous jacket design. That iconic style forms the basis of this collaboration between Levi’s and Junya Watanabe. The usual denim look is replaced by a luxurious wool/cashmere blend. A beige and brown coloring replaces the usual indigo.
Available at END
Gentry is hands down one of the best menswear stores in New York. The shop stocks a well-edited selection from the likes of Stone Island, Engineered Garments, TS(S), Junya Watanabe and more. In time for the warm weather on the east coast the camp at Gentry have released a fresh editorial titled ‘Brand New’. The styling emphasizes an elevated approach to how guys actually dress. There’s plenty of brand mixing going on which is complimented by the top notch photography.
See the rest of the editorial after the jump and be sure to hit up the store’s site for more.
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Haven did their thing with their new editorial for the Spring/Summer collections entitled ‘Burn My Shadow’. They’ve been low-key building up one of the best brand lineups online and it’s good to see the Canadian team putting effort into presenting it in unique visual fashion. Included in the presentation are pieces from johnUndercover, Junya Watanabe, NBHD x Adidas, Human Made and Stone Island Shadow Project. Click through for more
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It’s been a while since we’ve done a ‘Coveted’ feature here at Third Looks. Personally I’m always interested in seeing archival gear and standout pieces from collections by my favorite designers. While there’s those items that you obessess over with that become grails, there are also items that you never intended on buying which eventually become your favorites. Those are the ones you might find at a consignment shop like Tokio 7 in New York just browsing or something you spot through a browser search late night while suffering bouts of insomnia. I’m happy to post this rare Junya Watanabe women’s piece. I know he had some great pieces so I asked him to share how he came across this particular jumper and how his appreciation for it has grown since owning it.
This piece wasn’t really anything that I had been searching for, so in the traditional sense, it was not something I had ‘coveted’ for a while. One of my good friends actually sent me the link of the Rakuten listing, and when I had seen it, I knew I had to have it. I bought it about five minutes after seeing the listing for the first time. I think it was really love at first sight.
Upon receiving it, I was actually amazed at how heavy the package was. The fabric is heavy cotton, with heavy metal loop attachments and “backpack” straps. My favorite detail though is that the straps on the sleeves and the back are actually adjustable, you can pull the fabric up the length of the strap and fasten it with the buckle in order to producing an effect that is reminiscent to ruching. Despite this sweater being a women’s piece, it still is probably one of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe.
Photos by Alexander N, you can follow him on his tumblr Helmut Mang.
More detail shots after the jump
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Style Profiles have been an essential part of this blog since the inception of Third Looks. I wanted to share the personal style of people I’m inspired by and do so in a way that would capture not only their look but the thought process behind their style. The way Nina dresses is unorthodox and utterly original. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in the same outfit twice and she constantly evolves: changing her hair, accessories and adding new pieces to her wardrobe. Her appearance is striking but not over the top or attention seeking. It’s this balance between the subtle and the gaudy that really sets her apart. Her attention to detail makes her one of the most stylish people I’ve met in New York. Nina has started being a stylist on shoots and it’s clear to tell from the way she dresses herself that she a creative vision.
Rebekah Seok who took these photos (and absolutely killed the shoot I might add) wanted to title the feature ‘Tokyo Satellite’ and I think in a way that’s a fitting descriptor for Nina’s style. Her style is a confluence of her time spent in Tokyo, London, New York and other far flung destinations (both real and imagined). Her inspirations formed through these appearances and beamed to her through things like music, books and films. I had a pretty in-depth conversation with Nina about the evolution of her wardrobe and the core things which have shaped her aeshetic identity.
Many people would look at what you wear and think that they wouldn’t be able to pull it off. Are there styles you don’t feel you could pull off?
There are some things that body type wise I can’t pull off because of certain silhouettes. Like if I wanted to wear a V-cut dress that went down to my stomach I wouldn’t wear it because it just doesn’t work with my body type or it would give off an image that I wouldn’t want to give off.
How conscious are you about giving about the image that you are giving off with how you dress?
I think the only thing is I don’t like to give off a very sexual vibe. I don’t want to wear to wear anything that I know is showing off a lot of skin and asking people to look me up and down. I don’t like to dress like that. I like mini-skirts and tight clothes but I would definitely dress it down with something that’s the complete opposite so it’s not too much.
What are some of the things that inspire your style?
Children’s books, books in general. animation and a lot of art too. Not necessarily a illustration of a man or a woman, just the piece of art on it’s own. Even music, I like classical music and punk music a lot. I would kind of interpret a song or music in my own way and incorporate that into how I wear clothing.
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