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.
Louis Vuitton has launched its Foulards d’Artistes scarf collection in Tokyo with help from Olivier Zahm, editor-in-chief of French fashion magazine Purple. The scarves, designed by a group of international artists, made their retail debut at Dover Street Market Ginza this past Saturday with other LV stores getting the goods next month. Zahm also shot a series of photos of the scarves and brings more light to another photography exhibition he is doing at Tokyo’s Last Gallery, originally owned by the late Dune magazine founder and publisher Fumihiro Hayashi.
The Foulards d’Artistes collection is produced each season in collaboration with a specific artist, and for this edition New York-based Japanese creative Aiko was asked to create the new, graffiti-inspired prints. (via super)
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.
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.
House Industries crafted this special window display for the Maison Hèrmes boutique in Tokyo’s Ginza District. The hand-drawn Hermès horse is sired from custom cut solid Wisconsin cedar, bringing a bit of Americana to the Japanese shop. The design canters through a harlequin carousel of letter-borne livery with exceptional alphabetic dressage. “Stoutly-sculptured cedar characters draped with signature Hermès stablemates carry on our motif throughout twelve animated window installations.” The installation will be on display until January 17, 2012.
Tokyo faces a new reality after the tragedy of 3/11. While persistent challenges still lay ahead, the city’s creative class is hell-bent on making sure that their hometown thrives. Innovative and resilient, they are defining the future of Tokyo on their own terms. In this video series by Palladium Boots, Pharrell goes on to explore the city and all the inner happenings that drive this cultural city.
Japanese mega-retailer Uniqlo has inked a deal with UNDERCOVER to begin collaborating on a clothing line set to release in Spring 2012 with the launch of a flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo. For those not familiar, Undercover was first started back in 1989 by Mr. Jun Takahashi while he was a student at Bunka Fashion College. The brand’s gained a massive following over the year, in Japan and internationally.
Details are slim on the collaboration thus far but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
You may have heard of Made in the World before but chances are you haven’t. It’s a Tokyo-based vintage shop that’s got a ton of American product, pieces we here in the States would love to grab. Word’s gotten out that the shop actually has only deadstock Red Wing Shoes dating back to the 1950’s. The Red Wing Shoes Heritage Team tells us original brown leather oxfords are positioned alongside a huge selection of 101 Postmans, many of which can be had at their $1,000-range prices.