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)
Japanese label Markaware unveils its F/W ’12 collection through their seasonal lookbook. With inspiration coming from Claude Lelouch’s 1966 French classic film A Man and a Woman, or Un Homme et une Femme, the collection blends sartorial essentials such as tailored coats, fine suiting in heavier weights for the colder months ahead, and other fine pieces to complement the core offerings such as fitted shirts and pants. More looks can be found below. (via Fashionsnap)
Our friends at Gear Patrol turn us to Japan-based grooming brand retaW (that’s Water backwards) and their new MOOD* Denim Fragrance Liquid. The purpose of the spray is to make your perfectly broken-in denims smelling fresh without you throwing them in the wash or reigniting the stiffness that comes from drying them. GP also informs us that this bottle of goodness won’t harm the color or fabric of your jeans. The spray can be had at retaW for $24.
Amsterdam’s Tenue de Nimes is known for their passion for denim and they’ve got a slew of solid collaborations to prove it. They’ve really hit a new high this time as they’ve teamed up with Okayama-based denim brand Momotaro. The piece is made from a multi-yarn, 12 oz. sulphur denim fabric. This cloth is twenty year old deadstock that was sourced at the Rampuya factory warehouse in Japan. Because of the limited amount of material that was available, the Momotaro factory could only produce 17 pairs. All the jeans were made in Japan and are for sale exclusively at Tenue de Nimes for €329,90 (~ $431).
SENSE Magazine gives us a look at what to expect from the Supreme x Comme des Garcons SHIRT capsule collection that was announced earlier this year. Expect a box logo (reversed) tee and hoodie, both with Comme’s signature polka dot pattern. There’s also a camp cap, button down shirt, and a pair of work pants in the mix as well. The drop is to coincide with Dover Street Market’s Ginza store opening in Japan while you can also see these pieces to land in select Supreme stores next week.