Last week a few of us were in Japan for the final buying trip of the season. One afternoon, I took a side meeting by myself and headed over to the Glen Clyde offices in the Nezu area of Tokyo. For those who don’t know, Glen Clyde is the company behind CHUP socks and are responsible for producing some of the best socks on the market right now. Can’t give away much right now, but we got something good in the works with Glen Clyde!
Their new offices occupied a couple floors of a small building. You can really tell that the Glen Clyde team put a lot of thought and effort into the office and showroom. Everything from the flooring to the desks and seating reflected their general aesthetic. Take a look at some of the photos I took during our meeting.
Glen Clyde – Making the best socks since 1992!
Shelves on shelves of Glen Clyde socks and swatch books. These shelves were actually sourced vintage shelving shipped all the way from the States.
Our buddy Tsubasa. The hardest working man in the sock industry!
I really loved these custom Pendleton chair cushions that they had fabricated. Nice touch!
Hope you enjoyed the peek into the Glen Clyde offices. I’ll be back shortly with some more updates from our last trip.
For the past little while I’ve been helping my sister and her boyfriend Steve with some guest curation on their website Nalata/Nalata. I’ve always said that quality is contagious and when you’re surrounded by some of the lines we carry all day, that appreciation for high-quality garments eventually carries over into other products and areas of your life. Whether it’s your kitchen tools, your transportation, or the mattress that you sleep on everynight, I believe it is good sense to invest in items that will grow with you and perform at a high level.
When the shop started bringing in Hender Scheme footwear a few seasons ago, I noticed that the company also produced amazing and beautiful homewares. While some of these items didn’t fit into what we do here at HAVEN, I thought it would be a great match for Nalata’s Japanese-focused homeware lineup.
Head over the the Nalata/Nalata site to view this small introductory feature on myself and a quick visit to my home in downtown Edmonton, Canada. And visit their online shop to view my carefully curated Hender Scheme selection.
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Part two of our NYC Market Week trip is here! Arthur, Nguyen and I saw so much good stuff on the trip that it was too hard to fit it all into one post. Check out some of the best highlights below.
The Engineered Garments showroom. EG always kills it. Doing their order is tough because the line is huge and everything is good!
The CYC loft showroom in Chelsea. This is wings + horns 10th year anniversary and for FW14 they took inspiration from their first season and re-worked some of their very first pieces.
This Cowichan below is an archive piece from the very first wings + horns collection 10 Years ago. It is handknitted with cut up strands of fleece sweatshirts!
Racks and racks on wings + horns!
Reigning Champ always has some of the nicest fabrics.
Kenta taking us through the line.
Soba noodle break at Soba-Koh in the East village.
This place was amazing actually. I highly recommend it if you want authentic noodles.
Stone Island FW14 is looking exceptional. One of my favourite Stone Island collections to date.
We got some crazy jackets coming next season!
Sneak peek at next season’s Fishtail from Shadow Project.
Takuji Suzuki of ts(s)
Skinny Mike is all about juicing.
Herno Laminar designed by Errolson Hugh of Acronym
Briefing is one of our favourite bag lines in the shop.
Their everyday bags are awesome. Well thought out and lots of compartments for all your things.
The LVC showroom.
The Ten c showroom. This was Andrea’s jacket from Ten c’s first collection!
The jacket has developed some incredibly nice wear.
So long New York. It was fun, but way too cold!
Art and I have been on the road for some time now for our seasonal buying trips. After Paris a couple weeks back, we hopped on a plane and headed straight to NYC to meet Nguyen for market week. It’s been challenging fitting in all our meetings into such a short time frame but we’ll worth it when we get to see good collections. Personally, I enjoy seeing Fall collections more so than Spring/Summer as it feels more substantial. Here are some highlights so far.
Needles is quickly becoming a favourite here at the shop. Next Fall season is going to be killer!
Nguyen Le – Assistant buyer and samurai warrior
We stopped by (Capsule) quickly between meetings to say hi to a few friends. Alex from Lexdray
Takeshi and Nguyen discussing Caruso buttons.
Takeshi Ohfuchi – The man behind Post Overalls.
One of my favourite tops from next Fall’s Kapital collection.
Stay tuned, part 2 coming soon!
Arthur and I have been in Paris for the last few days on one of our regular seasonal buying trips. One of the highlights so far was the Junya Watanabe MAN runway show for FW14. It’s going to be a very good season from the looks of things with the outerwear being exceptionally strong. Here’s a preview of what you can expect in the fall. More photos from the showroom to come later.
More photos from the showroom coming soon!