visvim® Cotton Blend Corduroy Jacket


This visvim jacket emphasizes the intersectional sensibilities of the label to me; traditional workwear and Americana Inspirations with a high-tech, high-quality design element. The grey corduroy exterior is a cotton, polyester and hemp blend, and the jacket is lined with a soft and aged flannel lining.  It's almost impossible to palpably detect the quality and complexity of a fabric through e-comm photos, but this jacket is a beautiful example of how visvim's garments are often exempt from that rule.  A contemporary take on a classic blouson silhouette that still retains traditional and workwear elements in its DNA, this jacket is built to enrich itself with repeated wears. While the jacket would most definitely wear well with anything else in the visvim range, it lends itself enough versatility to be properly suited in complementing any subdued yet sophisticated wardrobe. I'd wear this with some High-Water trousers and some light sneakers for a perfect breezy summer night look. Find it now through select visvim stockist, including Mr. Porter. 

"Graphic Design in Japan" Exhibition Arrives at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub


Released annually since the early '80s, the Graphic Design in Japan manual collects the best of the country's design output from the preceding 12 months. Compiled by the Japan Graphic Designers Association, an exhibition to accompany the release of the 2017 edition finds its way to Tokyo Midtown Design Hub in Roppongi. Featuring over 300 pieces including packaging, posters, logos and spatial graphics, the show highlights the best of Japan's diverse and forward-thinking design community.

Graphic Design in Japan, Tokyo Midtown Design Hub until 6 August 2017

nonnative Master Pullover Shirt


nonnative treats us this season to a summer range that is littered with cotton. The Master Pullover Shirt in particular stands out as a piece with endless options. Dress it up, tone it down, this overdyed shirt makes everything work. The grandad collar adds a clean line to the almost shapeless top, while the button down side gussets provide subtle elegance. With its ¾ length sleeves and half button placket, this shirt beckons to warm evenings and weekend pursuits. Find it now in "deep sea" and "charcoal" at HAVEN.

Paul Pfeiffer at Thomas Dane Gallery


Long before we learned to Boomerang on Instagram, American artist Paul Pfeiffer has been manipulating and looping video clips since the early 2000s. Known for the videos The Long Count (Rumble in the Jungle) and Fragments of a Crucifixion (after Francis Bacon), Pfeiffer carefully edits found sports footage — often from NBA games and boxing matches —to reveal the disturbing desires underlying sports spectatorship and our consumption of mass entertainment. Pfeiffer’s latest exhibition at London’s Thomas Dane Gallery runs until 15 July 2017 and features earlier pioneering works, as well as recent additions to the ongoing series Caryatids and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. By drawing our focus to the cult of the arena, the exhibit unpacks the interplay of race, gender, celebrity and religion within professional sports. Check out Thomas Dane Gallery for more information.

 

Paul Pfeiffer at Thomas Dane Gallery
7 June — 15 July 2017
11 Duke Street St. James’s
London, UK

Nike Dunk Low CO.JP "atmos"


I can't remember the last time a Nike Dunk caught my eye, but it must be close to ten years ago. This forthcoming CO.JP edition designed with atmos have me reassesing the Dunk and wondering how to get my hands on a pair. The original CO.JP Dunks were released in the early 2000's exclusively for the Japanese market and along with early 'SB' and 'Pro B' Dunks, set the stage for the silhouette to become a cornerstone of the 2000's streetwear and sneaker collector movement. These early Dunks were arguably the best Nike has ever conceived and are equally beloved for both bizarre and colourful colourways as well as clean and timeless ones. With a nod to this history, this latest CO.JP pair is made from a mixture of suede, leather, and patent leather and come in subtle navy/gray collegiate colours but are mis-matched with inverted colors on each. Find them exclusively in Japan from atmos, Nike Harajuku and NikeLAB MA5.

ayame "Django" Sunglasses


I came across these frames on a recent trip to Tokyo; TNP Co, the umbrella group which is responsible for nonnative, YSTRDY'S TMMRW and hobo also run a small coffee stand around the corner from the Vendor store and satellite retail shop right above in Nakameguro called ROOTS to BRANCHES. An inviting atmosphere, it showcases a mix of women's and mens's labels, homewares and accessories. ayame eyewear is relatively unknown outside of Asia, but is highly regarded and worn by a diverse group of people in Japan. The "Django" is an update to the late 19th century circular frame executed with a subtle hexagonal shape, one piece nose bridge and choice materials in organic cotton based acetate, complemented by 18K gold platted titanium. They look great in the optical variant as well and suit oblong and square shaped faces. Find them now through COVERCHORD.

Purple Magazine Interviews Photographer Chikashi Suzuki

A regular contributor to Purple Magazine since the mid-90s, Japanese photographer Chikashi Suzuki receives an interview feature in the French magazine’s most recent S/S 2017 issue. Kazumi Hayashi sits down with Suzuki to discuss his initial inspirations, the beginnings of his working relationship with Purple, and his approach to capturing Japan from a deeply personal perspective. In addition to this illuminating interview, Suzuki is photographed by his friend and contemporary Hajime Sawatari, and styled by Yasuko Furuta and Ryoto Yamada in pieces including Saint Laurent, Loewe and Louis Vuitton.

When you shoot, it seems like you carefully choose the city landscapes and different backgrounds. Do you follow any rules?

I don’t choose any place that’s obvious, like the Shibuya intersection. I’m interested in places that you can’t exactly say where they are, though you know for sure it’s Tokyo. Photographers from overseas try to capture places that are pretty much recognized as being a part of Tokyo, like the 109 mall or the cherry blossoms of Nakameguro. But since I live here, I prefer to pick up mundane imagery that’s often seen on the streets of Tokyo, rather than trying to express something specific. So, my focus is not on shooting signs with Japanese words or anything like that; I’m more interested in places that make people feel like they’ve seen them before, but can’t say exactly where. Same goes for people — I like those who are slightly off or hard to grasp.

Do you scout for locations?

Yes, I do. I don’t move around in cars much, so I like to walk around aimlessly and find street scenes that catch my eye, and then later, I use them for photo shoots that go perfectly with the scene. When you’re walking, rather than in a car, you can collect these kinds of scenery. I guess that’s what differentiates my works from tourist photos, like Elein said.

As a Japanese photographer, what do you find important?

When you look at works by Nobuyoshi Araki or Hajime Sawatari, you can feel that they take pride in their work. Their generation had the opportunity to travel to countries outside Japan, but still, it wasn’t like they were overloaded with information, [as people are] now. They saw something foreign and incorporated that into their work in their own way to create something original. Sure, they travel overseas once in a while, but they know where they belong and strive to make a stand there. They’ve always been based in Tokyo. Just like their take on Tokyo and mine are different, the young generation has their own way of seeing Tokyo. So what’s important to me is that I can capture Tokyo through my own perspective.

Read the full interview at purple DIARY.

FURFUR Second Summer 2017 Capsule Release


When Koichi Chida paired up with Aya Furuhashi in 2005, he wagered a huge risk. Furuhashi “had never won any contests or anything while attending professional school”, says Chida. “She didn’t really stand out to be frank. But, when you see how she writes, or listen to how she speaks, you feel this vibe.” With FURFUR taking its name from her, Furuhashi continues to imbue herself throughout the brand. Her effortlessly feminine style permeates without trying too hard and seasonal subjection. This second S/S17 release experiments with textures and hues that beckon the summer on its quick approach. With enough tulle and ruffles to bring the Kate Bush out of anyone, each piece offers an immensely tender look. Feathery crochet and light and bright cotton with ornate patterns provide freedom in warm weather.

Avi Gold Launches "Better Gift Shop"

After being teased via Instagram for a while, Avi Gold has launched a new online store named "Better Gift Shop" featuring a wide variety of items ranging from clothing, art, books, zines, cassettes, accessories, and more. Avi has been gaining notoriety recently for his "Bootleg is Better" line that feature lighthearted satirical renditions of logos and themes found in pop culture but he has been working closely within the industry at SNEEZE Mag aamong other projects. Notable pieces from Better Gift Shop include a t-shirt and beach towel with custom graphics by Japanese artist and regular HUMAN MADE collaborator, Face-Oka as well as his own line of t-shirts, vintage iD and POPEYE magazines, art books by Murakami and M.C Escher, as well as cassettes and records by the likes of Mobb Deep, Future, and Tears for Fears. View the rest of Better Gift Shop's offerings here.

HAVEN SUMMER '17 Editorial | "Seemed Good at the Time"

HAVEN showcases their most recent editorial "Seemed Good at the Time" coinciding with the arrival of summer. Shot by Paolo Azarraga with Art Direction and Styling by Melissa Chai, the piece embodies the playful spirit of summertime. Showcased along side a variety of summer activities are selections from: CAV EMPT, Common Projects, GANRYU, Junya Watanabe MAN, KAPITAL, Native Sons, Needles, NEIGHBORHOOD, New Balance, nonnative, RONE, Sasquatchfabrix., SOPHNET., UNDERCOVER, visvim®, and WACKO MARIA.