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Nepenthes always delivers when it comes to their editorials. Their latest photoset titled “ON THE OTHER SIDE” takes to the natural surroundings of mother nature. Shot by Naoto Kobayashi and styled by Tomoya Yagi the images present a bohemian vision of goods from Needles, EG, South2West 8.

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It’s no surprise that the team at Nepenthes has assembled another winning editorial highlighting a selection of spring/summer items from the likes of Needles, South2West8 and Engineered Garments. This editorial provides solid inspiration for dressing in hotter weather with fits that manage to work in a variety of pieces from top Japanese labels. The looks here styled by Naoki Ikeda capture the feeling of exploring the Japanese countryside and offer a textbook example of how conversation pieces can be toned down and made to be easily wearable. If you’re into any of the brands mentioned above , do yourself a favor and click through to see the rest of the editorial.

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Nepenthes puts together an outdoor themed editorial styled with key items from a wide range of Fall/Winter 2014 collections. The photo set features its own collaborations with George Cox as well as pieces from NEEDLES, Engineered Garments, Sonic Lab and Sasquatchfabrix. Head over the Nepenthes site to get more information about availability and stockists.

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NEPENTHES has had a great track record with their editorials and they keep the streak going with this Fall/Winter 2014 editorial ‘Merkmal’. As always their aesthetic is carefully crafted and harmoniously blends together their family. The shoot directed by Keita Izuka incorporates the Engineered Garments, Needles, Sonic Lab and South2 West8.  Check out more images from the editorial and see it paired with sound over on the NEPENTHES blog.

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NEPENTHES has consistently brought strong visual presentation to the table to accompany each season’s selections. The latest from the Japanese retailer is this editorial entitled ‘With Morgan’. There’s a general mood of exploration and nature throughout these photos. NEPENTHES vintage references are clearly on display in the selection of items which include denim shirts, mohair sweaters and patterned blazers.

More detail shots from this editorial can be seen on the NEPENTHES website. The images are divided into 6 themes: cloudly, haze, horses, forest, grass and fields.

Model: Claude Morgan
Photography: Go Tanabe
Stylist: Katsuyuki Honjo

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NEPENTHES kills it with this Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook. The Japanese-based consortium incorporates their (Engineered Garments, Needles, and Sonic Labs et al) into this inspired take on Spring. Pattern heavy and brightly colored , the styling displayed here is some of the best I’ve seen thus far this year. Bright greens, blues, and stripes are paired with floral, Hawaiian,  camo and  paisley prints. It’s nice when a lookbook inspires you to re-invent your wardrobe to match the changing seasons. If you want to ‘pattern chase’ the items found here, keep an eye out for drops at the New York and Japan Nepenthes locations.

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With each person I style profile for Third Looks I feel as though I get to know them better just through exploring what their wardrobe and personal style is like. While fashion is given a bad rap in terms of being materialistic and shallow, I think style is a really good indicator of someone’s creativity, character and influences.
When I first met Kyle I thought he dressed pretty low key but as I got to know him I realized his wardrobe had tons of depth and he always wore his pieces in creative ways. More so I feel that his sartorial choies are aligned with his personality and lifestyle and he makes it work for him. It’s easy to just fetishize pieces and grails but I think men would benefit from reflecting on their lifestyles and choosing the clothes that not only look great on the rack, but also fit the way they live.


Look 1
Mercedes-Benz hat
Comme des Garcons SHIRT FW10 vest
Uniqlo down jacket
Uniqlo shirt
V::Room crewneck
3.1 Philip Lim SS10 jeans
White Mountaineering FW10 boots

What sparked your interest in clothes and fashion?
I think I’ve probably always had an interest in clothes and making myself look at least halfway decent, but a lot of it really stems from interests in other things that have a strong focus on personal style.
For me snowboarding was always huge for this, along with different BMX styles of riding. Then came cars and the various scenes around that.  I guess I’ve always been drawn to these things that really embrace showing your personality and personal style through such conspicuously physical ways, so clothes are just an extension of that and an easy way to do it while living in New York since I’m not snowboarding, riding, or driving much anymore here. 
What thought process do you go through when shopping for new items?
This is a really good question as I can’t say it’s something I’ve ever thought about before. I guess I’m long past the point where I’m filling any (perceived) “holes” in my wardrobe, but I’ve gotta say I really like going out and seeing what’s out there.  I have some favorite shops I’ll always check and other ones I’ll just stumble in occasionally, but I think it’s important to get out there and see what’s going on. Part of this is that there is so much good stuff out there to be appreciated that I know I would never bother actually buying or wearing, since it just isn’t “me.”
The other part of this is that I try not to buy too much anymore so I’ll see how it could work in my wardrobe.  I’m not interested in buying some out-there piece that I would have to really tone down with other boring clothes – that just ends up looking like you never thought it through and are settling because you wanted to show off that one item so bad.  Not a good look in my eyes. And I definitely don’t want something that makes me think “well this would be so much better if I just bought item X or Y too.”  I want to take an out-there piece and integrate it with other stuff I have and just do it up, you know?  Make it look like it was always meant to be there. Less but better.

Look 2
Monitaly FW11 leather jacket
Nepenthes shirt
Uniqlo denim shirt
APC jeans
Visvim SS08 FBT

I think a good example of everything I just talked about is that leather Monitaly jacket.  I had always liked the ubiquitous Margiela 5-zip that they do every season in a few leathers/colors but it doesn’t work for me and I have no interest in making it do so.  There’s no denying it’s an iconic piece and a brilliant design though, so when I came across this Monitaly jacket it was like something clicked, and they got me.  It’s just this complete bastardization of the 5-zip, totally making fun of it with some overly Americana vibes in brown calf leather, with some big leather tassles on the zips, and wool knit cuffs.  That’s what I’m all about, just having fun with my style.  I had never bothered to buy a leather jacket before because I had never found The One, but this was it. It was perfect.  And I’m thinking to myself “Ok, wear this with some FBT’s and I’ll have tassles all over the place, cause why not, right?”
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Loyal Third Looks visitors may remember my post last year about the street-style blog  Otomayim B Dipper. The site is run by my friend Ryo Miyamoto, who takes all the photos for his site personally. I started running into Ryo at fashion and art events all around the city and quickly noticed his knack for putting together really creative outfits. While I had some idea that he was a stylish dude, shooting this style profile with him really convinced me that Ryo is on a whole ‘nother level.

Many people thrift shop to find cheap items. A few mix vintage with designer items really well to create their own highly personal style. Ryo mixes things in ways I had never seen or even considered.  I’ll let the photos and his words speak for themselves.

Look 1
Vintage newsboy cap
Vintage glasses
Vintage jacket
Vintage vest
Creep by Hiroshi Awai shirt
Pourton de Moi pants
Yuketen shoes
Uniqlo socks

You mentioned to me that your style has evolved a lot since you moved to New York. Can you speak about how it has developed since you moved from Japan?

I am from a tiny island called Okinawa, where most of U.S. military bases in Japan are located. Therefore, American culture was always around me. I moved to New York five years ago and at the time, hip-hop and R&B were my big interests. I wore a New Era cap, an Adidas track jacket, Dickies baggy pants, and white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. I did not know what YSL stood for and I barely knew about Comme des Garçons. However, thanks to the kind people I have met, I gradually started learning about fashion and style. My style today came from all my friends around me. Hopefully, I can continue to learn from them and further develop my style and identity.

Look 2
Issey Miyake hat
Vintage jacket
Vintage pants
Vintage shoes
Nepenthes socks

You are able to find very amazing vintage pieces at thrift stores. Do you have any advice on how to find such great pieces?

First, I browse colors and prints, then feel textures; then I look at the silhouettes. In this way, you can save your time and energy for the long journey of thrift-store shopping. If you are looking for something black—well, good luck because you have to feel the texture and check the silhouette of every single piece. I’ve basically given up on thrifting for black pieces because of this.

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New York Hat Co. hat
Vintage sweater
Vintage shirt
Uniqlo skirt
Vintage pants
Y-3 boots

When you are shopping, do you just buy the individual pieces you love or do you buy things you know will fit into your wardrobe?

I often buy things that I think will fit into my wardrobe, but sometimes I do buy something completely new, hoping I can make it work. It sometimes works, but other times it is a disaster. I can do this only because it is a thrift piece—I spend 10 dollars and experiment with a new style. If it doesn’t work, I put it in the closet and pull it out next year and try it again.

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Above is the Monro Layered Down Hoodie in what they call the “Bohemian Rhapsody” pattern. This down jacket is light, packable, and will keep you insulated from the elements all winter long. The pattern might look loud at first but it’s surprisingly easy to wear. If you always wanted to channel ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with the perfect balance between “one-percenter’ and ‘occasional psychedelic drug user” this is definitely the jacket for you.

Available at Neptenthes for $360.

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