World’s Largest Akira Vintage T-shirt Collection

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¬†‚ÄúAKIRA CLUB‚ÄĚ 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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How to Pick A Vintage Rolex

Whether you’re new to the world of vintage Rolex watches or planning on expanding your collection, picking the right Rolex may prove to be a pretty daunting task.  Chances are, you’re searching for a stylish watch that will hold its value well. Sounds simple, right?  It’s actually a little bit more involved than simply finding a watch that you like and purchasing it. So how do you go about picking the perfect vintage watch?  Below is a quick overview of just a few factors that you should keep in mind.

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Third Looks Editorial: Game Day

Evan wears: Bulls Starter jacket & Bulls Pippen Jersey. Starter UCLA snapback. Jewelery model’s own Even wearS: Polo hat and Polo Sport ¬†Jacket.¬†Wisconsin¬†1994 Rosebowl crewneck.¬† Evan wears: Brooklyn Starter jacket, Florida Gators snapback hat and ¬†Pendleton shirt. Model: Evan Leff Photography:¬†Justin Leveritt¬† Styling: Rocky Li All vintage items courtesy of¬†Mr.Throwback. Special thanks to the shop¬†for … Read more

Style Profile: Ian Bradley

¬†As a gatekeeper to one of New York’s nightlife staples (Le Bain) Ian has literally seen it all. Given his own sense of style it’s not¬†surprising¬†that Ian has also made a career for himself as a stylist. ¬†He has worked with major brands including Levi’s and Uniqlo but also contributed to countless editorials dressing the likes of Azealia Banks. Most recently he did the styling for DEGEN and ODD’s New York Fashion Week presentations. I linked up with him recently and photographed him in some of his favorite fits while discussing his viewpoints on styling and style.¬†

How did growing up in DC influence your style? How has your style evolved since then?

Growing up in suburbs of DC, I think it’s made my style kinda preppy; but since middle school I’ve always read fashion magazines and had access to the internet which I think influenced my style more than where I grew up.

As of late, I find my style gearing to more simple and classic pieces, less trendy and disposable items.

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Mala NY Hat
COMMME des GARCONS PLAY Varsity Jacket
Thom Browne Shirt
Paige Jeans
Converse ‘Le Baron’ Chuck Taylor All-Stars

How did you start out as a stylist and what approach do you bring to styling?

I came to the city to study fashion design, but realized it wasn’t exactly what I wanted… After learning all the the potential things a stylist could do, I knew it’s what I wanted to do.

When it comes to styling, I just want to propose great outfits that people can actually wear; give new perspectives on layering, contrasting prints, or mixing brands.

See the rest of the feature after the jump. 

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Style Profile: Rachel

I’d like to share the story of how I met Rachel. It was actually on the street months ago when I asked to take this¬†streetstyle pic¬†of her. Turns out that photo was a good indicator of her personal style and how she expresses herself through her clothing. Rachel takes alot of vintage pieces and basics and works them into an outfits that are greater than the sum of their parts. Photographing this style profile was a good reminder for me that it’s not just the individual pieces you wear but how you coordinate them that makes the difference.

How has living in New York influenced your style?

New York City has given me the balls to dress genuinely. When I was a kid, I would prance around my parent’s house in get-ups I’d never dream of wearing in public. But this city is incredibly magical and filled with such brilliant, passionate people and being here makes me feel brave, in style and in life.

How did you build up your current wardrobe to where it is? 

I have to say, I don’t particularly enjoy shopping. It takes forever and trying on clothes is exhausting. I prefer to take long strolls through the city, maybe do some gallery hopping and then let pieces come to me. If I don’t set out to shop, I end up browsing anyway and find great things.

 You mix in alot of vintage items , what makes a vintage item worth picking up for you?

If it makes my heart race, I’ll buy it.

You told me you about your love of hats, how did that develop?

Growing up, I stalked Bill Cunningham’s photos and lived vicariously through them. Over time, I noticed how beautiful women looked when they were wearing hats and I wanted to be like them. Now, it’s part of me. If an ensemble were a cake, the hat would be the cherry. And for some reason, baseball caps make me feel extraordinarily sexy, so I like that.

See the rest of the feature with Rachel after the jump

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Style Profile: Heron Preston

New York is all about evolution and change. The fast pace and¬†frenetic¬†pace ensure that trends, influencers and scenes come and go. One person who has been a staple of the downtown New York cultural landscape for years is Heron Preston. You may have seen him at gallery openings, fashion shows or perhaps just through the … Read more

Fit Profile: Scott M

Scott is wearing: Post O’alls houndstooth jacket W)taps x Undercover BDU Vintage Chambray Engineered Garments trousers Bathing Ape x George Cox creepers In a new series ‘Fit Profiles’, stylish people worldwide breakdown their outfits key piece by key piece. If you’ve seen Scott’s style profile from last year, you know he’s got a wardrobe worth … Read more

Style Profile: Geng-Grizzly

Geng Grizzly wears many hats and his personal style is representative of his many hustles. Geng runs PTP (Purple Tape Pedigree) a hip-hop blog that will put you on to what you should be hearing (not what everyone else is playing). On top of that he’s got a fledging record label,¬†Live From The Kitchen Recordings that is sure to be making tons of (bass ridden) noise this year. On top of all that you may have heard me make some guest appearances on his radio show Fresh Out the Box along with co-host Note D (check his style profile HERE).

¬†For these style profiles, I really look for individuals doing their own thing outside of what the trends of the moment may be.¬†In the case of Geng, he breaks more sartorial rules than he follows but stays true to his roots and passions. His style in complex in a way that the average passerby or fashionista might not notice. Geng is someone who is not just wearing the clothes, he’s living in them.¬†

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Norse Projects Corduroy 5-Panel Cap
The Hill-Side “Large Roses” Bandana
Vintage JC Penney Hunting Jacket
Camber “Arctic Thermal” Hooded Sweatshirt
LL Bean “River Driver” Henley
Military BDU Shorts
Falke Merino Leggings
New Balance 1300’s

Describe how your personal style evolved to it’s current state?

Back when I was a kid, I had a clean pair of velcro Nike “Uptowns”…lowtops in white with a black check and black sole. I have the photo to prove it. I was also wearing a denim sweatsuit with red trim in said photo. While I feel like I have since struggled to replicate that level of splashiness, at least the core concepts have stuck through the years. I done swapped the denim suit for one of French terry cotton persuasion and dress for comfort, contrast, and construction. Triple C’s.‚Ķyahmean?!

Now I tend to build an outfit around a well-made, timeless piece, and decorate it with things from the “other side,” whether that means pairing up the vintage mountaineering with the “high fashion,” or jumping between the lanes of core function with active wear and military/factory worker garb. Growing up in NYC, especially Manhattan, played a huge role. If you cared at all, your mission was to find a way to stick out from the pack of thousands rocking on the same type of shit. Some do it in a real “I look like Grace Jones-meets-Rufio from Hook and I am fine with that” kind of way, while others try to be a bit less outlandish with it. I usually favor the more subtle approach of putting multiple worlds together and over the years have come to better grasp how to do so by playing with the finer details like fabric weight and texture.

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Military Surplus OD Wool Watch Cap
Vintage North Face (“Brown Label”) Down Vest
Norse Projects “Vorm” Pocket Sweatshirt
Vintage German Military “Raindrop Camo” Trousers
Falke “Walkie” Socks
PF Flyers “Bob Cousy” Lows

Has hip-hop influenced your personal style? What about its impact on your life in general?

By junior high, say ’92-93, I was able to start buying my own clothes and really try to get fly like our rap idols.¬† We were all into the North Face/Helly Hansen/Columbia/Nautica/Polo/Guess/Nike/Timberland shit because that was what we saw in the videos, magazines, and album covers/liner notes.¬† I was a Boot Camp Clik (Black Moon, Smif n Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, etc.) fanatic so I stayed rugged and utilitarian in military anoraks, my pops’ M-65 (early 70’s – ‘Nam), fatigues, and gore-tex boots.¬† The impact of hip-hop (as a New Yorker who had about 16 years of life before the Internet touched down) wasn’t really thought about, it just WAS.¬† As young adults, you either walked it or you tried really hard to do so (rarely to favorable results, as you can imagine).¬† Every borough had its own angle on style in general (from slang to preferred brands and sneakers that they’d rock).¬† It was all in the rap music…and we drank wild 40’s of O.E. and plastic cups of Henny because of it.

How did Fresh out the Box Radio and PTP come to be? Can you share a key experience or lesson from your time spent on these areas.

Purple Tape Pedigree was born in 2009.¬† I used to post often-forgotten hip-hop and hardcore/metal videos on Facebook and folks would pop up like, “start a blog…it’s free and you probably have really cool stories to share.”¬† I eventually did.¬† By late 2010, rap started to get really interesting again and I began posting mostly current releases on PTP.¬† By 2011, my ace Note (or James, as previously featured on this fine website) was in the mix.¬† He not only helped with the daily posts (bringing in his expertise of the UK’s respective grime and road scenes), but he moved the site off of Blogspot and made the layout look all types of sexy.¬† PTP wasn’t JUST us though, nothing ever is, so shout out to all of the invisible board members, silent investors, and loyal friends who have helped grow this into the mini-movement that it is today (air horn).

FOTB was part of the first wave of shows to be on BBOX Radio.¬† Originally, I was going to be a DJ on Headless Heroes (Monday’s funk/soul¬†show on BBOX), but then the idea of “new and progressive hip-hop” came up and we jumped at it.¬† 16 months later, we’re still getting drunk on the air, playing new rap before it becomes the “new shit,” and talking crazy with rappers and brand ambassadors, alike.

I’d say the key experience is actually EXPERIENCE.¬† Know your shit like you share a bed with it.¬† Spend a lot of time practicing your craft before and after and don’t ever get caught bragging about it on Twitter.¬† Finally, don’t over-think shit.¬† If it feels right after running it through the various “Shit I’ve learned up until this point” and the “Shit I’ve heard about from more experienced people” tests…then go for it.¬† Fuck it, it’s the Internet.

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Masahiko Ono Repro Naval Watch Cap
OC x Pendleton F/W ’09 Wool Jacket
Patagonia “Down Sweater” Vest
Brooks Brothers Oxford Button-Down Shirt
Unis “Gio” Pants
Falke “Walkie” Socks
Clarks Waxed “Wallabees” (w/ new cotton laces)

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