Here’s a look at next season’s nonnative collection . The Japanese brand maintains its signature look opting to focus on subtle detailing and superb construction opposed to heavy branding. Look forward to this collection dropping next season at HAVEN. More looks after the jump.
Neighborhood has been one of our most internationally recognized and sought after brands at HAVEN. Hypebeast speaks with founder Shinsuke Takizawa:
Since the mid 1990s, NEIGHBORHOOD has been one of Japanâ€™s greatest streetwear exports. Founded by self-professed Americana junkie Shinsuke Takizawa, the brand has been a driving force in branding, quality and at times controversy due to some of its chosen graphics in the past. Upon a recent trip to Hong Kong, we spoke with Takizawa regarding aspects of his brands including LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD, NHIZ and the overall philosophy of the brand.
Earlier in the day we linked some backstage looks at the SS12 White Mountaineering collection entitled Dune Rover. On his Honeyee Blog Yosuke Aizawa recently released the full length version of his recent show. It’s amazing! check it out below:
Here’s a backstage look at White Mountaineering’s latest runway show for their upcoming SS 2012 collection entitled ‘Dune Rover’. Get a first hand look at what goes into one of their runway shows. Click on the images to be redirected to Mediadefrag. It’s in Japanese but the videos are super cool and you’ll get the idea.
link Part 1 below
link to Part 2 below
Hypebeast’s Eugene Kan’s interview with Bathing Ape and Human Made founder NIGO:
Much talk has surrounded A Bathing Ape founder NIGOâ€™s latest fashion endeavor with HUMAN MADE. The brand who combines archival style with critically acclaimed quality thanks to Warehouse enters as an interesting brand. Given the positioning of workwear and archival fashion as more on the subtle side, the more visually stimulating direction of HUMAN MADE will leave the traditionalists scratching their head and the usual streetwear crowd unsure of the graphical approach and pricing that goes along with it. Regardless, NIGO speaks with TANK Magazine for an extensive talk into the new HUMAN MADE brand as well as his thoughts on vintage Americana and the intersection of the web and fashion walks. Several questions can be seen below.
Human Made seems intensely personal, even intimate. Is that something you intended all along?
Nigo: Yep. In making it, I wanted to do something that was the anthithesis of the way that fashion has gone, where everythingâ€™s fast fashion, disposable: buy, use, throw away. I wanted to make something that had some weight and value to it â€“ the materials used, the method of construction. And as a balance to Ape, which has become quite big and well known. This is more about the personal connection to the clothing that I make and the clothes that the customers buy. For me, obviously, but I hope the people who buy it will have the same feeling too. Thereâ€™s something quite important about that connection.
Like the idea of â€˜vintageâ€™, the fashion collaboration was something quite novel and small-scale when it evolved in Tokyo in the 1990s. But also, like vintage, itâ€™s ubiquitous in the industry at all levels now.
Iâ€™m definitely very over it and quite bored of the whole idea of collaboration as a means of doing something creative. You may be right to point out that Harajuku was where that started, as a kind of marketing tool I guess, but it wasnâ€™t thought of like that then. There was something genuine about it and it was usually on a very small level between real friends, who just happened to be doing things on different brands and found it fun to work together. Then big companies started to get involved, and then it would end up just as two big companies combining. It becomes quite boring.
And what do you make of the ongoing dominance of vintage references and heritage fashion, especially in menswear, today?
Analysing it in a trend-based way, when the economyâ€™s poor, people want to buy clothes that they feel are kind of above fashion or outside of fashion. When things are doing well, itâ€™s good for people to recognise that youâ€™re wearing the new season of something, and not to wear last yearâ€™s clothes. But when things are slow and average, you tend to see people get bored of fashion and wear something theyâ€™ve had for 20 years, or at least wear something that looks like theyâ€™ve had it for 20 years. I think part of the reason itâ€™s become this popular is something as simple as that, itâ€™s actually partly the global economic trend.
Do you ever yearn for that kind of obsession with new fabrics and futurism that still seemed to be important in 1990s fashion?
I enjoyed those times too, wearing the new shit all the time. But I also feel that the current heritage thing actually has a lot to do with the workwear boom that happened in the â€˜90s too. Now, itâ€™s like vintage versions of workwear instead of the contemporary styles that were popular then, but the shapes are basically the same. Itâ€™s on that cycle. If you were to wear some of those things we were wearing in the â€˜90s now, theyâ€™d look pretty dated, as theyâ€™ve changed the shapes, but itâ€™s the same flavour just slightly updated. It probably still speaks to the people who were into it then, when it was quite a tight scene, but itâ€™s more mainstream now.
Does that kind of precision, or scarcity of materials, mean you will always have to make certain pieces in very small numbers?
With some pieces, there are only 50 in the world. To go up to a bigger level of production would involve settling for the level of quality and finish of a good contemporary pair of premium jeans â€“ which is great, but it would be a step down because those companies are still working at much bigger scale. Thereâ€™s a lot of handiwork in Human Made. Often, you wouldnâ€™t know exactly what was giving the garment its feel until the tiny details were pointed out, but youâ€™d sense it, and it would have to be made certain way to elicit that response. If you cut back on those details to save time or money, you lose some of that feel. Every season, I will pick about 100 items and then we go through the process of trying to work out which ones they can make.
An extended look into the new season of Sophnet. SOPH draws influence from various cultures and lifestyles and incorporates them into each piece to produce classic and accessible looks made from high quality materials. Fall/Winters collection titled “Authentic” pays homage to classic American culture; reproducing garments that originally were designed with necessary purpose and making them available as casual daily wear.
nonnative is one of the most recent additions to our brands this season. It’s a favorite among the staff because of it’s versatility and easy to wear nature. They use some of the most luxurious fabrics such as Kip leather shown in this season Rider’s Jacket above. We also see the use of functional materials such as Gore-Tex that is evident in their strong footwear program, and Jackets to be delivered later on in the season. Heavy knit sweaters and Jersey tops made of ultra soft combed cottons are a must for any wardrobe as well.
Austin is wearing the following:
In this next few sets of photos Austin switches out the Kip Leather Rider’s Jacket for the > nonnative Hiker Down Vest.
The full length video for Uniform Experiments fall/winter ’11 collection. HAVEN just received the first delivery for the season. The video gives you a good idea of the 80s free style fashion theme for the season and also showcases the Carhartt pieces in detail.
2011-2012 Autumn and Winter Collection
” The early 1980s, The free style fashion, art and music were born from the streets of New York and London. We inherited the attitude of innovative and cutting-edge presentations, and dropped these into uniform experiment 2011-2012 Fall and Winter Collection. Proposed a new sense of values that to reconstruct things from existing objects by their own interpretation, uniform experiment introduce a flexible mix style that outstanding each own personality.”
Here’s some shop looks that feature some more NBHD pieces from our last delivery as well our first WTaps shipment. Our first delivery of WTaps is heavy on the Military theme. Check out more below.
Daisuke is wearing
> WTaps Cell L/S Shirt
> NBHD Pirate Concho Necklace
> NBHD Cargo Pants (These are Dice’s pair from SS11, but no worries we will be getting FW12 versions in a couple colors of them as well, so stayed tuned)
Our five year anniversary is coming up soon and to commemorate the event we are working together with a number of our brands to release special co-branded products. One project we are very excited about is our collaboration with Bedwin & The Heartbreakers. Here is a small preview. Look for it and other projects to release soon as we get closer to our 5 year anniversary.