Champion launches its first UK store this year, taking over 1,222 sq ft on Soho's Brewer Street. To celebrate, the brand call on poet James Massiah to walk us through this historic corner of central London offering "laser sharp insight into the locals who define the neighbourhood both young and old." Two years away from its centenary, Champion continues to expand its core European line whilst collaborating with the likes of Vetements, Wood Wood and Supreme.
Hiroki Nakamura has a knack for preserving age old and often forgotten mediums of Japanese craftsmanship. These past two seasons have seen the use of large hand made and customized chochin ( paper lanterns) decorate the visvim® showroom during Paris fashion week. Below the arduous method of making these one-off items is documented in one of the few remaining Kyoto based studios - in efforts to keep the tradition relevant.
"in the traditional "jibari-shiki" method, both the bamboo used for the frame and the paper attached to the frame are relatively thick. The frame is made by fashioning single strips of bamboo into individual rings, and fixing them in place using string. This method requires a lot of time and effort, but it is extremely sturdy and can be attached with Japanese paper of varying thicknesses. The "jibari-shiki" method is conducted completely by hand and cannot be mass-produced, but you can feel the care and attention applied by the craftsmen, from the selection of each of the frames and pieces of Japanese paper used to make them."
Specializing in high quality re-interpretations of mid-century American designs, Japan's ACME Furniture creates everything from sofas, tables and beds to lamps and rugs. Utilizing their popular 'Windan Sofa' ACME upholsters the sofa in an olive 'Browns Beach' wool cloth. Developed by William W. Brown in the early 20th century to combat cold New England winters, Browns Beach cloth is a woven two-ply wool/cotton blend with a stylish marled appearance. Typically used for coats and vests, the fabric also suits the Windan Sofa perfectly. Available at ACME stores on September 15th.
London's Barbican Gallery prepares to host Boom for Real, the first large-scale exhibition of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat to be held in the UK. Featuring over 100 pieces, the collection revisits the early years of this legendary artist, exploring "his relationship to music, text, film and television, offering new research that will enable some of his most acclaimed paintings and drawings to be understood as never before."
After months of speculation surrounding the collaboration with Virgil Abloh, Nike officially released news on the highly anticipated project this afternoon. BOF spoke with the Off-White head designer earlier this month in Portland to discuss the challenges involved with working on such iconic styles, the future of streetwear and the importance of these "one-off" collaborations.
“It’s potential career suicide to touch ten things that are iconic, but I always like a challenge. The idea of ‘The Ten’ is Nike going into its history and asking a designer such as myself to tell a story by highlighting a design detail and innovation within [each of the] ten models. What’s interesting is the scope of the project. It’s a hallmark, a very important idea of post-modern culture, innovation and athletic performance all intertwined into one."
Nike will debut the first "Five icons" (Air Jordan 1, Blazer, Air Prest, Air Maz 90 and Air Vapormax) in NYC, London, Milan and Paris coinciding with each city's corresponding fashion week this September. A wider release of all Ten models will launch at select Nikelab retailers sometime in November.
Our editorial team payed a visit to NYC's Nalata / Nalata to speak on collaboration, craftsmanship, meaningful design and how it can play a positive role in enriching one's life.
What is it about Japanese made goods that appeal to you?
Impeccable craftsmanship is one thing but it’s also the Japanese approach to design that we gravitate towards. Actually there’s a lot of crossover aesthetically between Japanese products and those of other regions like Scandinavia but the Japanese have multiple layers of meaning upon meaning in every design decision that we find absolutely brilliant. Philosophies like wabi-sabi, mono no aware and seikatsu kogei, they’re really in line with our own design principals.
Also if you're in NYC this week, Nalata / Nalata is hosting it's latest homeware exhibition with works by Momoko & Tetsuya. Follow this Link for more information.
"Based on the idea that clothes are one of life's existing tools,"Japan's Atelier Béton presents a cosy take on functionality for AW17. The kind of soft and tactile layers usually worn in the safety of your own home are adapted for outdoors, tailored sweats and knitwear matched with oversized pants and flowing outerwear. Check robes and cotton pyjama sets included, Atelier Béton suggest a take it easy approach for the cooler months.
In 1958, Zürich photographer Karlheinz Weinberger first captured the likeness of Halbstarke (rebel) Jimmy Oechslin, an artistic moment which marks the genesis of this collection of images focused on young Swiss teenagers. That particular photographic encounter triggered Weinberger’s life-long fascination with outsiders and nonconformists in the otherwise staid environment of Switzerland. The photographs presented in this first of several volumes about his work offer a rare glimpse into a bygone world that seems almost cute and quaint from a contemporary perspective, but make no mistake: just dressing in jeans, sporting a beehive hairdo and hanging chains around one’s neck was a statement as loud as blasting music by Buddy Holly or Jerry Lee Lewis on a normally quiet Swiss Sunday afternoon in that era.
Weinberger’s work was discovered by the art scene shortly before his death in 2006, and his artistic trove revealed tens of thousands of prints, slides and negatives that have been collected, archived, numbered and indexed over the course of the last decade. Many neverbefore seen images were discovered during this process, and thus the idea to publish thematic volumes with a single theme was inspired with a layout that takes its cue from the "Illustrierten" of the era, the glossy entertainment magazines with large photo spreads. With Halbstarke as Volume #1, Sturm & Drang publishers will follow with more releases that cover topics such as sports, tattoos and insignias, his travels to the South of Italy, and the extensive work he did with biker gangs and rockers in the 1970s and 80s. All the first editions of these volumes will be limited to 1200 copies
Available from Printed Matter Inc.
A small skiing village in the Japanese alps, located just outside of Nagano, plays home to the world's first Finn Juhl hotel. The legendary Danish furniture maker, a design icon in Japan, has been celebrated in fine detail, this compact 6-room hotel offering "a fully-fledged Finn Juhl experience." Decorated with iconic Juhl pieces alongside Danish linens and complementary pieces from the likes of Georg Jensen, Kay Bojesen and Louis Poulsen, this concept-heavy location aims to immerse guests in the kind of "downplayed elegance" that typifies the Scandinavian mid-century aesthetic. Book a stay here.
BEAMS label Fennica, champions of all things craft related, call on down specialists Rocky Mountain Featherbed for a two-piece collection adding a traditional spin to the puffa jacket. Using the outerwear brand's 6 Month Down, warm and lightweight, designed to be used across the seasons, the nylon "China" jacket swaps press studs for old-school closures across a jacket and vest in olive, orange and indigo. Shoppers located in Japan can grab them online.