Well, the temperature just dropped massively this week and it’s about time we all invest in some additional support for our feet. J.Crew’s just taken stock of a few different designs from CHUP that will keep you warm and add some subtle pop to your outfits. The Japanese sock brand uses an authentic stocking frame to create a durable, long lasting, and comfortable fit. The detailing is exceptional as the lengthy production process allows only 20-25 pairs to be crafted a day and each pair incorporates ethnic patterns and colors from all over the world. J.Crew currently carries four designs that will run through the holiday season.
HODINKEE has teamed up with motoring lifestyle brand Autodromo to deliver their latest work, the Stelvio sunglasses. Completely handmade in Japan, they’re named after the famous alpine pass – one of the finest driving roads in Italy – with each pair requiring over 130 operations to build and a month to complete. They are laser etched with a serial number, and made of the highest quality amber acetate in the world, with polarized cognac lenses. Each pair comes with a quilted leather carrying case inspired by some of our favorite vintage Ferraris. Numbers are limited here as only fifty pairs will be made.
Moleskine and Maison Martin Margiela have teamed up for a limited edition notebook in an all-white finish. Ink stains and finger prints mark traces of time. Throughout the years, the Maison has reflected and played with traces, whether it be on clothing, in architectural places, or on objects. Created exclusively for Japan, this unique notebook is made of Belgian cotton. It will be pre-sold on August 28th at the year-long pop-up store L’ESPACE Maison Martin Margiela at Isetan Shijuku, Tokyo.
The notebook will be available from September 20th at select Maison Martin Margiela stores.
3.1 Phillip Lim has released a short film as part of their Fall/Winter 2013 campaign. SONOMAMA stars Kiko Mizuhara and Louis Simonon as explore the streets of Japan with close friends and even run into ‘Black Shadow’, a notorious Japanese rockabilly gang, along the way. The Fall 2013 collection embodies the nonchalant ease and eclectic style of the partners, girlfriends and lovers of the racer generation – steadfast in their presence, as they are. Look for a strong leather presence throughout the collection as it’s featured not only on impeccably crafted biker jackets but on rich textured bottoms as well.
To mark the opening of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Leica store in Osaka, Japan, Leica has released the X2 in a white leather shell with all the quality and detail the Leica brand has to offer. The X2 packs 16.2 megapixels and comes with a 24mm Leica Elmarit lens. Only 100 pieces of this limited edition camera will be available at the Osaka Leica shop on Wednesday, March 13th.
From visvim comes a boot from their current F/W 2012 collection. The ARMIGER-FOLK is a moccasin-style toe work boot with a slimmed fast. As usual, the Vibram outsole works well against the Horween-sourced vegetable tanned leather upper. The iconic TPU insert along the heel is now a signature of visvim footwear. The ARMIGER-FOLK is a visvim flagship *F.I.L. exclusive and should be available now if you’re able to get your hands on it.
WWD is reporting Thom Browne is gearing up to open his first store outside of the U.S. in mid-March of next year. Tokyo’s Minami-Aoyama district will be home to a 4,500-square-foot Japanese flagship store that will be in close proximity to the likes of Prada, Comme des Garcons, Undercover, and others. Not only with the split-level store have the brand’s men’s and women’s collections, but there will also be a special area for made-to-measure. Interior design firm Wonderwall is leading the charge here and we’re expecting great success as their past projects have included many high-end shops including Colette in Paris.
“We’re really excited about the store both as a way to boost an already strong business in Asia and as an image statement,” Browne said on Wednesday from Milan, where he was working on the Moncler Gamme Bleu collection to be shown in January.
From Japan comes STUDIOUS, a multi-label store originating in Tokyo. The retailer’s grown steadily over the last four years and now has 10 locations across the country. All product is sourced locally, with its brands based in Tokyo and ranging from FACTOTUM and REGAL to JAM HOME MADE and master-piece. Their Fall/winter 2012 lookbook showcases the store’s fine products in some well-styled shots. Look for parkas, peacoats and other outerwear pieces being carefully matched with woven shirts, cropped or slouch trousers, and suspenders.
All displayed product is available through STUDIOUS.
MR. GENTLEMAN of Japan delivers their English Wool Stadium Jacket in a finish that’s damn near perfect. “Taking design cues from Takeshi “BIG-O” Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii, the jacket features 100% British wool in the body and soft leather on the arms which serves as a nice contrast to the beige torso section.” Look for this offering from MR. GENTLEMAN online for ~ $1,023 USD. (via hypebeast)
Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Featherbed recently teamed up with Japan’s BEAMS for this small lineup of men’s vests for the upcoming F/W 2012 season. The pieces range in fabric from nylon and cotton to leather and denim with hints of corduroy and other fine textures. Look for the pieces to drop in the months ahead through select outposts include Beams. (via Selectism)