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.
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.
The Seilin Co.’s flagship store is an inspiring store that feels like a small house all made out of wood; floor, wall, ceiling. The deemed lighting and smell of incense burning add to the already warm environment. It’s jam packed with tees, jeans, shirts and other great accessories.
Limited edition polo shirts from Fred Perry Tokyo
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.
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.
Denim Days New York is a festival celebrating all-things indigo. It was founded by House of Denim, HTNK, Modefabriek and Kingpins. It’s a great way to spend the day with your obsession. The venue is filled with inspiring, knowledgeable and passionate denim enthusiasts. I look forward for the second edition in 2018 and hope they’ll revisit their DJ selection, because let’s be honest, as much as I loved the event, the soundtrack was awful. You can’t merge the best fabric in the world with the shittiest music!
UNIQLO collaborated with an international roster of artists to illustrate the different characteristics of Japan. This ninja was created by Illustrator Stevie Gee.
Once upon a time, the Surgeons and Chemists of La Kombo laboratory use to operate from that window on the second floor. Great time.
The D47 Museum is a Japanese crafts and food shop by D&Department, a network of stores and exhibition spaces all over Japan. They also produce an excellent magazine series covering Japanese cities, which i highly recommend.
web D47 Museum
Enjoy your week.
En Route is the new select store and concept brand from fashion powerhouse United Arrows. It’s about running and walking around Tokyo. Biking, Yoga… What about brunching? It’s active life with a very high end twist.
Hiroshi Fujiwara’s new concept store is located in the basement parking garage of the Sony Building in Tokyo, Japan.
The PARK-ing is a unique shopping experience and include some of Japan’s hottest brands. Distinctive collaborations and specially curated in-house products, including an eclectic choice of brands such as Nike, Puebco or retaW. Denim By is a collaboration between, Fujiwara’s design studio, Fragment and Shibuya based brand, Vanquish. And Poggy’s box represent the vision of United Arrows and Sons Creative Director, Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi.
The bare-bones space has a genuine raw feeling and is designed by Nobuo Araki, the architect already responsible for Fujiwara’s previous retail project; the POOL Aoyama.
Before entering down the basement, there’s a Bonjour Records pop-up store and Cafe de Rope serves artisanal coffee.