Far from mass production, all Loopwheeler products are made with fabric knitted by a machine called “Tsuri-Amiki”. Only a few of these slow rotating machines are operating in Japan today. They can only knit a metter of fabric per hour and produce an exceptionally soft and durable sweatshirt or t-shirt.
Neighborhood was created in the early 90’s by Shinsuke Takizawa in Harajuku Tokyo. I love their overall kick-ass aesthetic. The branding is consistent, from their products to their stores and special releases. Their lines are inspired by the cultural references and stories that make me kick. They also branch out into very interesting projects, for example, SRL (Specimen Research Laboratory), a greenhouse and clothing line infused by the owner's fascination with exotic plants.
Nigel Cabourn is my favorite brand, hands down. While you can definitely be intimidated by the price tags, you can’t argue the quality of the products, it is literally made with the best of the best. You get what you paid for. Nigel himself is very much involved with the brand and its small team, he’s tremendously passionate and his knowledge on vintage gear is mastery, which he genuinely share on his Instagram. Here’s a British army pant in green denim and a utility shirt jacket in indigo, both from the Mainline.
I found this camouflage bag in a flea market in Koenji, Tokyo. I’m not 100% sure what is it?… That bag could have been made using fabric from military gear or I thought, maybe it could be one of those bag you wear in the front of your body, when you’re already carrying a backpack with you. I don’t know… 'looks cool though.
The PARK-ing was a conceptual retail experience, located in, well… a parking from the Sony building (see the PARK-ing post). This sweater, I brought as a souvenir, is made from a better quality fabric, as you would expect from a Japanese product. Simple design, and nice typographic details in the back.
I brought this back from Tokyo as a gift for someone, sweet and spicy felt perfect for her personality and DIY Gardening just made total sense.
What would you do if you found a figurine of The Gimp from Pulp Fiction? Exactly...
Three is a natural skincare company from Japan. The brand use raw and organic material to make its products. Smell good, feel good.
45rpm is another brand from Japan carrying a strong Philosophy. Their creative for each collection is inspired by the natural elements of the season itself. They presents great fabrics, indigo dye techniques and high quality craftsman ship.
Delfonics made a name for itself in the late 80s, designing and producing diaries. Today the brand maintain excitement in the stationary market and design enthusiast products. I wanted to print some photos, put them in an album, and flip throught it with my friends. Done.
The original AJ’s Toy Boarders, toys that promote action sports; Ollie, Smith, Nose Grab…
What do you know about CEBO sneakers? The brand name CEBO is the amalgam of the words Czechoslovakia and Bota, which simply means “Czech shoe” (The factory was established in the late 1930`s in Czechoslovakia). I’ve been familiar with the CEBO brand since I was a little kid. Growing up in Belgium, they were a valuable alternative to the Converse All Stars, relatively cheaper and quite frankly, tougher than their counterpart. Their robustness is explained by their construction, the CEBO canvas shoes are produced with a direct vulcanization process. Which means that the outsole and canvas upper are inserted into a metal mold, then a heated liquid rubber is injected under high pressure into the mold and envelopes sole and canvas upper to form a unified, inseparable shoe. The sneaker is made by hand and consists of only 100% natural products such as rubber and cotton. CEBO not only became a symbol among the youth movements, it also became an established value among tradespersons (roofers, electricians…) and Frisian handball players in some parts of Belgium. CEBO is an underrated classic genuine quality sneakers.
From very subtle flavor to very pronounced taste, Japanese drinks and snacks deliver the excitement.
UNIQLO collaborated with an international roster of artists to illustrate the different characteristics of Japan. This ninja was created by Illustrator Stevie Gee.
Kabuki is one of Japan’s traditional performing arts and was proclaimed Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This t-shirt is a collaboration between UNIQLO and Shochiku, the principal Kabuki production company and Ichakawa Ennosuke IV, one of Kabuki’s most popular stars.
Paper-Oh is an unconventional brand of notebook who’s continuously pushing forward the art of bookbinding by combining sophisticated technique and passionate imagination. All notebooks use 100% natural uncoated paper sourced from sustainable forests and are Smyth sewn with minimal glue. Buco is a one season only limited edition from the company. This minimalist design features a peek hole, an horizontal elastic closure and color lined page edges.