visvim® Irving Shirt S/S Peerless

The seasonal short sleeve Irving shirt is one of the slickest button ups put out by visvim® this season; it absolutely proves why the brand still is "peerless" and puts every other copy-cat to shame. The shirt is made from a specific rayon satin that has a really slinky sheen to it and fits impeccably casual as per usual with visvim® products. The short sleeves already come with a cuff which is a nice touch and fits slightly boxy with a short hem. The embroidery along the front and back is made from a naturally dyed yarn and the entire shirt comes in a somewhat worn and processed look for a vintage feel. It's something you can slip right into your closet without thinking twice about. The shirt comes in four colour-ways with navy and pink being my favourites and is currently available in limited quantities from visvim®'s online store as well as stockists worldwide such as UNION, SSENSE and soon at HAVEN.

Photos courtesy of UNION.

wings + horns x Yoshida Porter SS17 Travel Pack

This third collaborative capsule between wings + horns and Porter Yoshida & Co. is their most refined to date. Consisting of 4 pieces - ideal for travel - we see the use of durable Cordura® flanked with MIL-SPEC nylon mesh and premium leather detailing; summing the current direction of tech, practicality and sophistication for wings. Notable modifications on this range are the use of Italian RiRi zips, signature herringbone woven accents subtle foil branding. Available now exclusively through w+h online

The Magnum Home for Photo London

For this year’s edition of Photo London, Magnum Photos and publishers Plinth and Thames & Hudson have launched The Magnum Home — a pop-up space in an old Georgian townhouse by the British Museum. The pop-up features the exhibit Just Kids: Magnum Photographers on Youth Culture, curated by Ekow Eshun. The exhibit explores youth culture and its performance across gender, class and cultures as it has been documented in the Magnum archive from the 1960s onward. In response to the photographs in the pop-up space, interior designer Yinka Ilori stages vibrant immersive spaces and furniture to explore how youth inhabit the notion of home and domestic space. Drawing on Nigerian prints and textures, Ilori interjects memories of his own youth as a second-generation immigrant in the period home. The Magnum Home is open from 17 – 21 May 2017 and will feature a series of talks and programs through its run. Check out Plinth for more information.

The Magnum Home
17 – 21 May 2017
44 Great Russell Street

Othello Grey Shoots Midnight Studios' SS17 Lookbook

Shane Gonzales releases his latest campaign for - Midnight Studios' SS17 collection titled "Safety Pin." Shot by Othello Grey with styling by A$AP NAST, the 12 page spread highlights this season's direction towards punk sensibilities with heavy use of bold graphics and iconography. Paying homage to Raf Simons and Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood's "The Seditionaries", Gonzales infuses juxtaposing themes blending optimism with nihilistic vibes. Visit Midnight Studios online to browse the full line along with a list of stockists worldwide.

Edge of the Forest | Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Daigo, in the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, is straddled on both ends by Mount Nantai and Mount Yamizo. The town in lush with its belt of forest, offering residents perpetual greenery (except in winter, of course). Architects at the Yamazaki Kentaro Design workshop pulled from the local panorama to create the Sayanomoto Clinic. Entitled “Edges of the Forest”, this project was one to connect the residents to their town and further to the forest. Yamazaki Kentaro specifically used scraps from local lumber mills to create the clinic, offering a cafe, bookstore and shared office/event space. By literally using the ‘edges’ the forest, the spirit of the surrounding forest is felt in each corner of the space. What’s more, local residents were encouraged to help pull the project together; the wooden tiles were hand placed by neighbours, further connecting the space to the community.

Source: Arch Daily

MUJI Minimalist Homes

Muji is always creating unique, functional, and sustainable products. Taking housewares one step further, Muji has created a line of expertly designed prefabricated homes. The idea was originally conceived in 2000 when Muji incorporated a standalone architectural entity, Muji House Ltd. The concept came about in light of Japan’s unusual housing market. Unlike in North America, most homebuyers prefer to build new instead of purchasing a pre-owned home. The average age of a home in Japan is 38, compared to 100+ years in North America. Muji saw this as an opportunity; to offer designer homes and lessen the cost of building fresh. Working with architects, like Shigeru Ban, Muji created three styles of homes. These homes consist of two parts, the ‘skeleton’ and the ‘infill’. Pick your inside, pick your outside, done. The customer has the opportunity to work with Muji to further design their home to their needs, offering an economically feasible alternative.

Source: Not a Paper House

visvim® moccasin "Folk" Footwear

We've just received a small delivery of the latest in premium footwear from visvim® at HAVEN. Continuing his fascination with the moccasin silhouette, Hiroki Nakamura introduces a technical update on last season's Huron moc and Maliseet styles. This time featured in Swedish cow suede flanked with chevron woven organic mesh; they offer a balance in heritage craftsmanship and contemporary engineering. I tend to gravitate to visvim®'s more tech focused apparel from the early years and hopefully this is a step back towards that direction. The Maliseet also comes in a classic full leather build with plenty of hand applied detailing which rest on top of natural cork footbeds and the more attractive low profile "Folk" midsoles. Find these now at HAVEN online and brick & mortars.

Business of Fashion interviews Luca Benini of Slam Jam

Entitled "How Slam Jam's Blend of Commerce and Culture Sells Streetwear" the latest article interviews Luca Benini of Italian retail imprint - Slam Jam. The conversation with 50-something year old Benini highlights the fashion veteran's ability to keep his finger on the pulse of culture after 28 years. Slam Jam first opened its doors in the small provincial town of Ferrara in 1989 and as of 2016 consists of 88 employees with a revenue of over €40 Million. Sharing familiar cultural interests and paths seen during the rise of streetwear, Benini worked as a DJ, printed T-shirts, and fine-tuned his mastery to mix and amalgamate cultures credibly. The Slam Jam enterprise now account for a number of retail operations (Slam Jam stores/Licensed Stüssy and Carhartt shops) around the world and e-commerce; in addition to distribution and production network working with designers and brands such as Alyx. Read the full article about Luca Benini of Slam Jam over at Business of Fashion

and wander HIKING CLUB | ISETAN Pop Up Shop

Outdoors focused brand and wander established a HIKING CLUB as a catalyst for activities such as hiking tours, camping events, and workshops. ISETAN Shinjuku will play host to the latest HIKING CLUB Pop Up, which will include limited edition items including a collaboration with mountain morningAdditionally mountaineering tools used by designers and recommended hikes will be introduced during the pop up. Encouraging an appreciation for nature and the outdoors, a part of the proceeds of and wander HIKING CLUB will be donated.

and wander HIKING CLUB Pop Up Shop
May 15 - May 23 2017
ISETAN Shinjuku Main Building 3F (Center Park)
〒160-0022 3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo, Japan
TEL 03-3352-1111

intelligence Magazine Issue 04 Preview

We've been hard at work over here at the intelligence offices and we're excited to present to you a preview of issue 04. Releasing May 2017, issue 04 of intelligence Magazine will feature cover stories on Atsuhiko Mori of Wacko Maria and Paul O’Neill of Levi’s® Vintage Clothing.

Features include interviews with NYC based graphic artist Rostarr, Central Saint Martin’s Alumni Nicholas Daley, Paul Harvey & Alessandro Pungetti of Ten c and C.P. Company. We also explore the partnership behind Nalata Nalata, the creative minds at Herschel Supply Co., a look into the age old processes that make Amami Oshima Tsumugimura Silk and a visit to the design office, factory and retail flagship of retaW Aoyama/Tokyo.

Issue 04 will also include a diverse range of editorial content showcasing Stone Island, nonnative, TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The SoloIst., curated lifestyle objects by Nalata Nalata, mixed styling Editorials from NYC and Tokyo and a seasonal product focus from HAVEN.

You can now pre-order issue 4 which ships in a week HERE.