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ATTACHMENT by Kazuyuki Kumagai had some strong seasons in late 2000s. The Japanese label was embraced by many in the goth-ninja set of that time and it was often paired with the likes of Julius, Rick Owens and Ann D.  While that personal style has waned in popularity, the label has also shifted to greet more recent trends in men’s fashion. A combination of good styling and clean color combos has steered the brand towards a more streamlined , less severe look. There’s definitely some worthwhile statement pieces in the collection, take a look at more looks below or visit the Attachment online for more.

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A fresh batch of C.E has just launched on their webshop. The pieces emphasize familiar themes and graphics that have be become synonymous with the line in recent collections. My personal favorite is the crewneck shown above that features illustration by Roberto Baldazzini. This is just a small sampling of what is set to drop as part of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection but keep an eye on the Cavempt site for updates.

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Japanese streetwear experts Sophnet are coming off their 20th anniversary in 2015. They continue their momentum with their seasonal editorial in Japanese magazine SENSE. This time around Spring/Summer 2016 features a mix of more discrete staples (button-ups and trousers) alongside the more street side of things covered by hoodies, crewnecks , and a camo varsity jacket. If you’re looking to pickup pieces, the label really is able to contribute to more standard streetwear type outfits (think denim , hoodies and bombers) as well as mixing with more done-up looks (think of wearing Sophnet with Thom Browne, Visvim or Nanamica). Look for items to be releasing online soon at retailers END Clothing, Haven and Supply Store

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Our Legacy releases it’s vacation inspired SS16 lookbook. The collection ‘SYNDROME’ has a worldly souvenir vibe and there’s a diversity of texture and fabrics to be found. No explanation for the lack of footwear shown this time around, but look to Our Legacy if you’re trying to pickup a couple new looks before your next vacation. Find pieces online directly through their webshop or from their other stockists including END Clothing,  Mr.Porter or Farfetch.

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Stone Island drops their lookbook on their spring/summer 2016. The collection keeps with the staples we’ve come to expect from the Italian techwear specialists. As usual top tier fabrics are a focus with transparent and and reflective materials. The color palette ranges from murdered out and tonal greys to wilder colorful items in line with warmer weather. Explore more from Stone Island with their newly released iOS app and click through to see the entire lookbook.

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Nanamica might be one of the most consistent labels out. The Japanese label specializes on crafting tasteful variants of men’s staples and technical outerwear that looks more classic than futuristic. The color palette as usual is muted and ranges from heather grays to the navy and light khaki. I always thought of Nanamica as the  perfect wardrobe for a utopian creative agency that doesn’t actually exist. New this season are a range of bags and a few MA-1 bombers that can be dressed up as easily as they can be paired with a white tee.

While this stuff won’t drop until next year, you can find some of the current selection from the Japanese label over at END.

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I have long enjoyed the look of outdoor brands like Patagonia, but find it a bit hard to incorporate some of their utilitarian pieces into a daily wardrobe. And Wander is amongst a new wave of Japanese brands that aims to create garments that will weather the elements on a camping or hiking trip while fitting gracefully into a fashionable wardrobe. The spring/summer collection continues the minimal, clean design found in past seasons.

As per usual the styling is excellent . The gear itself is able to incorporate lots of useful features while still keeping a great fit that should work well with your existing clothes. The only downside is that distribution still seems quite limited outside of the brands native Japan so you may need to hit your proxy.

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Japanese magazine PRODISM covers on upper-echelon streetwear and for their latest issue, the publication has presented an editorial look at Undercover Spring/Summer 2015 collection. We covered the collection previously here. The collection is one that many hardcore UC fans are looking towards as the brand is bringing back many of it’s greatest hits. Many of the designs revisit and re-create key design details from classic UC collections such as ‘But Beautiful’, ‘SCAB’ and ‘Languid’. The editorial is one of the better ones featuring UC pieces this year and it faithfully re-captures many key styles throughout the 13 looks.

You can find the latest issue here.

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4dimension is a Taiwan based streetwear brand that adds its own take on the modern techwear aeshetic. While I haven’t handled any of their products in person, past seasons have looked somewhat promising with functional garments being offered up at reasonable pricepoints.

Their current Fall/Winter collection once again presents a variety of tech focused water-resistant outerwear and pants alongside the usual assortment of hoodies, crewnecks and tees. The new collection is inspired by a concept from the writings of Karl Marx called Entfremdung – which explained the separation of people from aspects of their human nature as a consequence of living in a society stratified into social classes. This same concept applied to tech can explain some of the pros and cons that arise from  the rapid adoption of new technologies. Check out the entire lookbook after the jump and visit the 4dimension site for more info.

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JohnUndercover has found it’s niche with it’s spring/summer 2016 season. I was a bit skeptical of the diffusion line (if you can call it that) when it first launched. The price point being almost as high as mainline Undercover, the labels seemed to lack distinction in the crowded crop of current Japanese labels. That being said, it’s come on strong in more recent collections offering more pared down versions of Undercover concepts. It’s nice that the line is even more minimal on branding and graphics and more emphasis layering, color and materials.

The fall collection is strong on neutrals like tan, white and grey and uses them together to great effect. In this way, it’s achieving what every diffusion line should – creating something both familiar and different. JohnUndercover isn’t Undercover but it runs parallel to it the same way Gyakusou has embodied the running / technical side of UC. Looking back at the SS15 collection, there is a lot here that can be worked together with those pieces. While there’s no release date on any of this gear just yet, look for products from the fall collection to trickle into stores like SSENSE and Haven soon.

 

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