Posts Tagged ‘Japan’


New Era Japan WM-01 Waterproof Collection

By Laura on September 12th, 2011

I have really noticed a change in the weather in the last few days, and as a cyclist have had more rainy commutes than dry.

While a waterproof jacket is essential, I have found myself also looking for a waterproof cap to help make the commute just a bit nicer. However, you try finding a waterproof hat that doesn’t look like you have stuck a condom on your head….its not an easy task.

Enter New Era Japan. They recently created a waterproof series of caps, with the latest in this great military style.The exterior is made of a waterproof nylon material, with a contrasting color New Era logo visible on the left side of the cap. While the interior is made of a breathable mesh fabric. This durable cap is available in a variety of colourways – perfect for the Fall and Winter seasons. The only catch… its only available through New Era Japan. Good luck navigating the site

Clothing, features, News, Outfit picks

Hackett London launches ‘Hope’ polo shirt to aid victims of the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan

By Laura on April 5th, 2011

As we all know on Friday 11th March 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and destructive tsunami caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing and millions more affected by the lack of water, electricity and transportation.

Over the past few weeks we have seen people all over the world coming together to raise money through the sale of everything from cakes to posters. Hackett London is just one of the many brands who have also stepped up to try and raise money for those who have been affected, by launching a limited edition polo shirt.

All profits from the sale of these shirts is being donated to the Japan Society “Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund”. The polo shirt has been designed with traditional Japanese embroidery of the cherry blossom which is an emblem of love and affection. The declaration of ‘Hope’ is embroidered on the polo in English and Japanese characters.

The cotton polo shirt is available in navy and white colourways for £49. You can purchase the shirt in Hackett stores worldwide and online from the end of April.

Accessories, bags

The Master-Piece Over V4 Backpack

By Laura on January 31st, 2011

The Master-Piece Over V4 Backpack came out a few months ago now, but I have decided to write about it anyways, as every time I see one I get a little bit of bag envy.

Made by the renowned Japanese bag manufacturers Master-Piece, the V4 was made exclusively for the UK market. With a nylon upper with suede trims, each bag is monotone with very minimal branding. But what makes these bags so great is the incredibly vibrant colours, and the attention to detail. From the almost perfectly matched suede and nylon, to the brushed steel buckles this bag has been well thought out and designed

However, they don’t come cheap priced at £185. I guess I can keep dreaming for now.

Footwear, News

Prototype power shoes from NTT – generate electricity everywhere you go

By admin on October 20th, 2008


From the highly developed mind of Tech Digest‘s Dan Sung:
I think I made jokes about power dressing the last time I looked at clothing which harnessed energy for your gadgets, so I’ll just stick to how ridiculous these electricity-generating shoes look instead.

It may be in the future that you won’t have to rock this prototype kit from Japanese telecommunications giant NTT with the orthopaedic sandal look but right now I’m seeing a world of inconvenience and broken toes.

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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight

WISHLIST: Bape ‘Panda’ Hoodie

By Will Reid on October 13th, 2008


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This season is one of continued focus on shape; the tulip skirt, the peplum, the over-sized collar. I have always leaned towards a slimmer-fit for hoodies and trousers but this season I plan to try something new. This ‘Panda‘ hoodie from Bape fits the bill perfectly, it is quite baggy and voluminous but it has a fitted waist resulting in a highly fashionable silhouette.

There are two types of the hoodie (one in fleece and one in cotton) and four possible colours (although the black is exclusive to the Bape store in Aoyama, Japan! Buy now for pre-Pharrell originality!


Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

The Punk scandal continues

By admin on September 8th, 2008

As if there weren’t enough twists and turns in the fake punk clothing story already, now Malcolm McLaren has accused his own son, Agent Provocateur founder Joe Corre, of selling fakes of his old clothing line.

McLaren states that “I think my son actually used – maybe – the original labels, because we didn’t use them all up, there’d be a roll of ribbon around in the workroom and maybe my son got a hold of those. I think he did this before he set up Agent Provocateur. Or in order to set up Agent Provocateur and fund it, he made a number of these fake clothes and sold them to dealers in Japan.”

Joe Corre doesn’t deny that he made some Punk clothing to sell to dealers in Japan, but states that he did this with his mum, Vivienne Westwood and that none of these were fakes. He also said his dad “should be doing something else. I don’t know what he’s bothered about. Nobody else is”. Strip away the jobs and money and you have a family more than ready for the Jeremy Kyle show.

Jeans & Trousers

Custom Levi’s from… Levi’s!

By Jonathan Smith on September 3rd, 2008

jeans.jpgHitting you up with some more Levi’s action, this time from Japan. Levi’s Japan has launched a new service for all of those who wanted custom jeans straight out the box. Following in the footsteps of Nike I.D it is now possible to get custom jeans direct from Levi’s with the ability to pick the cut, wash, wear, and details such as rivet colour and paint spatters.

This is all good and I’m sure it will take off, though I would like to see some more wash options and a few different cuts other than 502 regular wide, 505 regular wide and 517 bootcut- what’s wrong with a nice skinny fit?

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, knitwear, Trends

Fred Perry x Tomoki Sukezanne

By admin on July 29th, 2008

As the old saying goes, ‘another day, another Fred Perry collaboration’. This time with Tomoki Sukezane. It does make a mockery of the whole ‘Fred Perry is for fans of style not fashion’ stance though, as the company are clearly using collaborations as a means to follow trends.

Cynical nit picking aside, this collaboration is right on trend for autumn with the chunky knits and preppy stylings. The knits are made from a cotton and cashmere blend and are available in the four colours above. As it is a Japan based collaboration, I’m not sure when they’ll be available to Europe or America but when news appears, we’ll let you know.

Designer Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Lad Musician T-shirt – how far will you go for fashion?

By admin on April 29th, 2008

lad musician.jpgThere comes a point in every man’s life when he desires an item no one else has. An item that runs no risk of being worn by anyone else in the country. Would you go halfway across the world to obtain that item?

If you said yes then you’re in luck, because that’s the only way you’ll be able to get your hands on this Lad Musician T-shirt. If you said no, then say hello to a life of every third person wearing the same Debbie Harry Topman tee you just bought. So if you’re travelling to Japan anytime soon, you can pick up this tee for ¥9,450 (£45).


Konaka Shower Clean suit

By admin on April 21st, 2008

Savile Row tailors John Pearse, under license for Konaka are the name behind a new suit which needs no dry-cleaning. The idea is that thanks to the special fabric — a mixture of fibres including wool and polyester — developed in association with Australian Wool Innovation Ltd you can wash your suit in the shower before you got to bed and the next it will be dry and wrinkle free and fresh.
Unofortunately unless you’re Japanese you can’t yet buy it but amuse yourself instead with this promo clip which sounds like a dodgy Kraftwerk video and assures us the suit needs “no ironed”. Indeed.


Footwear, Video

Trying out the Onitsuka Tiger trainer vending machine

By admin on April 15th, 2008

On our way back from the Arcadia Press Day we decided to make a detour to the Onitsuka Tiger shop off Carnaby Street to try out their new vending machine. As you can see it’s a quick and easy way to get a new pair of shoes, but hurry, tomorrow is the last day!

Footwear, News, Sportswear

Onistuka Tiger launches vending machine for trainers

By admin on April 15th, 2008

onitsuka tiger trainer sneaker vending machine.jpgSticking to their Japanese roots Onitsuka Tiger launched the world’s first vending machine for trainers today.

Stocking trainers in UK sizes 5 to 10 the vending machine will be dispensing shoes until Wednesday when it will embark on a tour of the country. If you fancy some ultra quick retail therapy head down to their London store on Newburgh St and if you’re lucky enough to win their competition you might just get you pair of vending machine trainers for free!

See after the jump for pictures of people larking about with the vending machine.

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Designer Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

WISHLIST: River Island Tokyo Tees

By Will Reid on April 11th, 2008

tokyo.JPGLeft to Right; World Tour t-shirt £16.99, Seventh Seal Sun t-shirt £15, Seventh Seal Japan Create £15

Inspired by Isabelle’s talk of thunderstorms and rainclouds at Shiny Towers, I decided to source some foreign-focused fashion for those rainy-day dreams of tropical (and of course warm) destinations.

These t-shirts are (just in case you didn’t notice) based on posters and leaflets around Tokyo. Fashioned from 100% cotton, these could be based on pages from manga comics or, in the case of my fave, vintage propaganda banners shouting “Japan Create!” In bright colours and bold graphics, abandon any sense of gloom and widen your outlook with images of cartoons and lasers.

River Island isn’t exactly famed for being on-trend and it doesn’t pretend to be high fashion but let’s take a lesson from DJ Karl and embrace new things- be it high street or Grand Theft Auto 4.


Lad Musician coat

By admin on February 4th, 2008

Teasing is a horrible thing. What’s the
point of showing people things you can’t have? That’s wrong. Just plain wrong.
So here’s the new
to Japan’s Lad Musician
label, which you can only get from Japan. Teasing is a horrible

Isn’t this jacket pretty though? The cut is
well structured and slim, going with the Rock N’ Roll aesthetic that Lad
Musician pride themselves on. The colour is bold and lends itself to any number
of outfit combinations. If you can pop round to Japan, then the jacket costs a
very reasonable £150.

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