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WTAPS founder Tetsu Nishiyama also runs FPAR (Forty Per Cent Against Rights), which is a niche graphic based line. Many of the graphics are straight to the point and draw influence from propaganda and fringe rebel movements worldwide. Two standouts from the 2016 release are this Beavis and Butthead logo flip and the collegiate styled Courage crewneck. Both are available at END Clothing.

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The Hiking boot is a versatile style that matches well with denim, cargo pants or other military/outdoor styled pants. Ideally these boots offer durability, comfort and are good style switch-up when it comes to navigating both cities and rural areas in cold weather conditions. One of the better iterations on the style are these WTAPS Jammer Boots. Tough cow leather upper and a vibram rubber sole ensure that these will last many seasons to come. Padded tongues and collar and contrast hiking laces add a little individuality to an otherwise pretty classic design.

Available for $795 at END Clothing.

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WTAPS brings out these new carrying pouches as part of it’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. These bags are made from durable nylon, these pouches should be helpful in carrying small items from point and shoot cameras to any small travel items. There’s a double-zip fastening at the main compartment with two external pockets and an adjustable body strap. These are also reminiscent of the fantastic WTAPS x Porter collabs that came out in the mid 2000s. It’s been a while since WTAPS put out accessories like this so be sure to snatch them up before they sell out. Both colorways are available at END Clothing.

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It seems that workwear standby Carhartt is collaborating with a ton of labels lately. The pairing of WTAPS and Carhartt makes sense as the brands both emphasize heritage and embrace utility. The pairing results in a two styles in the trademark workwear duck canvas releasing as part of WTAPS FW15 season. Look for the navy pieces to release to WTAPS stores and stockists but the brown pieces will be a GIP store exclusive. Expect a price point of $350USD on these when they drop.

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Popeye Magazine filters the WTAPS military aesthetic through this skateboarding themed editorial.  The effortless style of skateboarders is captured here in motion. Key pieces from the Fall/Winter 2015 collection are highlighted including a selection of button downs, jeans and a new satin bomber (a collab with Ebbet’s Field) and field jacket.

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While almost all men’s brands purposefully or inadvertently borrow from military aesthetics, WTAPS has been one of the best doing it for decades. WTAPS head Tetsu Nishiyama has successfully kept the brand relevant and expanded it into an international force. The latest collection is dubbed “EX.31″ (in commemoration if the 31st season) and it re-visits some key pieces from the brand’s history. The staples are mostly here from the hefty crewnecks to jungle BDUs and the classic M-65. There’s new stuff too including a collaboration with Carrhartt. A refreshing change up is how the lookbook features mostly baggier cuts of denim and pants.

This collection should strike a good balance between pieces for long-time WTAPS fans and newer entrants into the label.

Look for pieces to roll out on stockists such as HAVEN and End Clothing.

 

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GRIND Magazine is one of my favorite men’s style mags out of Japan. They always are able to present both high fashion and streetwear in a clean, creative context. WTAPS is one of the brands that they consistently feature and they really are able to nail down imagery that captures where WTAPS is currently at. While the military influence is still there, WTAPS has broadened both its audience and viewpoint over the last several years by diversifying the product and making it less of a literal ‘milspec’ brand than it has been in the past. The result is the brand embracing more items like the hats, sweats and flannels found here.

Shop the current collection at END Clothing.

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Today marks the launch of a new feature on Third Looks called ‘LOOKS/LIES’. The concept came as a result of various discussions between my friend Jayne Lies and I.  We’ve teamed up on some projects in the past including the Verticals music video for Celestial Trax and we always found the experience rewarding and eye-opening. We decided to launch this feature together as a means of preserving a moment in time (through photographic snapshots) in a quick and fun interview format. This ongoing series will serve as a platform through which we can document each subject’s style , aura thoughts and experiences within our local communities and beyond.

To launch the feature, Lies took a few photos of myself as I had been looking for a way to share my personal style is at currently. Through the word association style  interview questions that she put together, you should also get to know where i’ve been and where my head is at now.

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Stalwart men’s publication GRIND Magazine shoots pieces from WTAPS Spring/Summer collection. Love the gritty candid style of photography here. The styling is no fuss as well, as it’s a straight up interpretation of streetwear staple.

Check out the entire editorial after the jump and visit WTAPS for a full list of stockists.

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Recent WTAPS lookbooks have focused more around the lifestyle of the brand (and it’s proponents) rather than on the clothing itself. The lookbook for WTAPS Spring/Summer 2014 collection continues that trend, focusing around on atmospheric lifestyle (or should I say lifist) shots of Tetsu Nishiyama and his close friends and family. Also bundled in this feature are imagery of selected products from the collection including T-shirts, bookbags and new canvas sneakers.

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