2019 is a fitting year to look back at the Legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic cyberpunk manga AKIRA. Set in 2019, the illustration and anime based on the story are now a legendary part of the sci-fi canon. One Japanese collector Satoshi Takahashi, has amassed an extraordinary collection of some of the best vintage AKIRA t-shirts released during the past 20 years.
Takahashi who is a creative director and fashion stylist in has been obsessed with the manga since it’s release in 1982. Since then he’s collected over 40 T-shirts. Finding the shirts through thrift stores and online auction sites like Yahoo Japan . He used the publication “AKIRA CLUB” which published in 1995 by Kodansha as his main reference for tracking down references on the older T-shirts. In addition, “GENGA” (2012) and Katsuhiro Otomo’s special feature “BRUTUS” (2014) were influential in guiding his search to complete his collection. Among the shirts in his collection are many of the highly sought after licensed Fashion Victim T-shirts, bootlegs, as well as more recent collaborations with Otomo and Supreme.
Click through for more photos of his collection and visit WWD Japan for the entire interview.
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Following up last summer’s ultra popular Kaws UT capsule collection, Uniqlo has hit up Futura for a series of collaborative graphic tees. Fans of the street artist will recognize familiar prints including the point man, atoms and his signature hand-style on the tees. The release is set for March and should retail around the $15 mark if past UT collabs have been any indication. My personal favorite is the paint drip tees with his familiar script on the back.
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Streetwear OGs Fuct have teamed up with Revive to bring back some of their classic t-shirt designs. These three vintage FUCT tees which were originally created and dropped in the 1990’s. On each tee you’ll find one of Erik Brunetti’s classic streetwear designs. For this series, each shirt is limited to 50 available per style and only availble at Revive.
The tees will be released this Friday, May 20th at Noon EST.
Sometimes you don’t have to do too much or pay too much to add a little something to your wardrobe. Nike has been around for so long, it’s easy to take it for granted. That being said here are a couple classic pieces that they’ve brought back and are good as they’ve ever been. You can find all three styles over at END.
Dover Street Market has spend some time beefing up their t-shirt selection. One of the brands they’ve carried and worked with for some time is Brain Dead. Together they present an exclusive capsule collection available only at DSM location and the DSM webshop. Priced between 45 GBP (approximately $64 USD) and £300 GBP (approximately $429 USD) the capsule collection includes a jacket, t-shirts, crewnecks and select accessories. Check the whole selection after the jump.
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Dime MTL are fine purveyors of skate videos and honest street apparel and accessories. For their latest caper Dime tapped Tommy Kruise to launch their series of mixtapes with this slow-simmered summer banger entitled ‘Porn for the Blind’. The mix has is sprinkled with well-selected rap vocals laid and should be considered highly-priority listening for these August nights. Check below to both stream and download the mix.
Also of note is today’s release of the Dime ‘Fruit of the Loom’ t-shirt. The shirt is a literal inside-out flip, bringing the Fruit of the Loom tag graphic to the forefront.
My personal favorite graphic by Dime is the ‘Visage’ T-shirt which has just been re-stocked. Both t-shirts can be purchased on the online shop for $30.
Japanese label Neighborhood rolls out these graphic design t-shirts for the summertime. Aside from the regular screen-printed graphics on all cotton tees, a few designs are embellished with extra details (beading and embroidery). Also of note is the collaborative design with CASH CA, which riffs on fishing culture. The T-shirts range from £59.00 to £139.00 and can be purchased online at END CLOTHING.
A Bathing Ape celebrates the 20th anniversary of the legendary streetwear shop NOWHERE with a series of commemorative t-shirts and a limited canvas print. Included in the range are collaborations with heavyweights such as Jun Takahashi of Undercover, SK8THING, Kanye West, Pharrell, Futura , VERBAL and Stash.
The shirts will first be sold at the 20th anniversary exhibition at T-SITE Garden Gallery TSUTAYA in Daikanyama and then online at Zozotown and in-shop at BAPE flagships worldwide.
See the entire range of shirts and list of collaborators after the jump
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The good folks at the VFILES store just dropped these Fashion Team T-shirts by New York Based Label Les Plus Dorés . You may have seen these designs splashed on your favorite style sites but now it’s your turn to rep your favorite designer. Included designers are Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, Dolce & Gabana, Alexander McQueen, Rei Kawakubo, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquière and Donatella Versace. These make an awesome holiday gift idea as well. Scoop the tees direct from the VFILES store in New York at 12 Mercer Street or through a direct e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Photo by Tommy Ton
So you’re tired of Comme’ing the fuck down but your bank account isn’t looking the healthiest. Buying Balenciaga at retail might not be an option, but for $60 (plus shipping) you can rep Harlem proper. Don’t forget who put you on to this item before any rapper’s pop up in your tumblr feed wearing it.
$60 on C.O.I
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