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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The Spring/Summer 2003 ‘SCAB’ collection of Undercover by Jun Takahashi is regarded by many fashion purists as one of his seminal works. I do not think that these jeans are from the original SCAB collection but rather they reference some of details and patterns from that collection. These jeans are surprisingly lightweight and are fabricated in a stretchy comfortable cotton and not a rigid denim like I had assumed prior to seeing this piece in person.
Laid overtop the jean’s upper area is knit paneling which is reminiscent of some of the knit patterns found on fabrications of Undercover’s knit-sleeve rider jackets. This knit portion transitions down each leg into incredibly detailed patchwork which is entirely handstitched. This is a stunning piece that hits the rare balance between eye-catching and overdesigned. If you know more about this item and what collection it is from do not hesitate to e-mail me.