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.
If you only have time for one and only one store while passing through Tokyo. I mean, seriously, who only have time for one and only one store while passing through Tokyo, but you get my point, let’s say you do. Tokyu Hands, the self titled Creative Life Store. This Japanese department store carry so many things I don’t even know where to begin. The many floors display an extensive selection of high-quality functional items and unique articles; housewares and outdoor living, travel gear, fancy containers, Made in Japan exclusives, beauty products, tools, stationery, bags, convenient goods, anything you can think of to keep it organized, inspiration and the materials needed for your Do-It-Yourself projects and hobbies… Their vast selection cover a wide range of my obsession with the extension of thoughtful design in our daily life.
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.
What would you do if you found a figurine of The Gimp from Pulp Fiction? Exactly...
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.
headphone Headz, Unkle, Wu-Tang Clan
thoughts Hiroshi, Shinsuke, Tomoaki, Nobuhiko, Hikaru
One of the several flagship stores from Japanese brand Hysteric glamour, created by artist Nobuhiko Kitamura.
Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is the centerpiece of the World Trade Center transportation hub. With a price tag of $4 billion in taxpayer money, you can’t help but wonder if that money could have been used for something else. But the job is done and paid for, you might as well embrace the futuristic feeling you get once you’re inside the building and hope you’ll bumped into Anakin Skywalker trying to catch the train.
Items: Is Fashion Modern? at the MoMA is the first fashion show since 1944. Instead of showcasing the most elitist pieces from world renowned fashion houses, it list what most of us would most likely wear on a daily basis. And that’s where my personal interests lean toward; article of clothing that made an impact on a community or another and became icons of our society.