Apologies on the lack of updates to the Journal. The team has been swamped with a bunch of projects, and we are now trying to play catch up on some recent happenings. Kicking things off just two weeks after Paris, was my first stop of the season in Tokyo.
Visiting the visvim Tokyo showroom to preview the entire SS15 collection.
Got my caffeine jolt and checked out the new visvim coffee bar/ shop ‘Litte Cloud Coffee’.
The shop has a great view and patio that overlooks Omatesando. Definitely check it out, grab a coffee and kick back if you have the chance.
One of my favourite shops in Tokyo is Takahiro Miyashita’s flagship ‘Grocerystore’. Small shop but great product… too bad they didn’t have my size in a bunch of stuff…
The Pool Aoyama
Timeline is kinda all over the place here….but two weeks later I was back in Tokyo to do our Japan buys for CDG Homme, Ganryu and EYE by Junya Watanabe….The pic above is from CDG Homme Plus. We don’t carry Homme Plus at the shop, but maybe we should…..shoes look interesting to say the least!
Serious business at Ganryu
Selfie!! ….This Ganryu 60/40 Two Tone Coach Blazer in is one of my personal favourites for next season.
Nice summer Chuck flips from CDG Homme.
Visited General Nigo at his new 2-5 Cafe and checked out Human Made for this upcoming season. Best season yet.
Wacko Fucking Maria!
Shogo know’s whats up…
Super legit lounge gear!
Atsuhiko Mori was previously a professional Soccer player, now he runs the show at Wacko Maria and makes crazy shit.
My friend Shin Okishima brought a gang of us to this killer Yakitori spot in Ginza called Takechan. Highly recommended.
This spot has been around for decades. The owner himself sits behind the U-shaped counter to count the eaten Yakitori skewers and tallies everyones bills. Like a boss!
Next stop was to visit the NBHD Headquarters…lots of cool stuff in the works.
Adidas x NBHD!
Stay tuned for more highlights.
This past weekend we had the opportunity to host our first Trunkshow with visvim. Located at our new Gastown Vancouver location at 52 East Cordova invited guests were able to preview select pieces from next seasons SS15 collection. Here are a few shots of the space.
The other week I was just out in Tokyo again for the 4th round of our Japanese FW14 buying schedule. Hectic! Typically me and Dan rarely travel to Tokyo together, but this time around both of us went, as well as our photographer/videographer Ryan Lindow joined the ride. We had the opportunity to check out some unchartered territory in Tokyo, Fun times for sure! It’s also been awhile since we’ve done some Intelligence coverage in Japan, and we made it a big priority to get some footage of people and places. We have some really cool interviews and features in the pipeline that we’ll be rolling out in the next few months. Stay tuned. We also finished up the final round of our Tokyo buying for the season, and each and every brand is killing it for Fall 2014. Summer is just around the corner, but already I can’t wait for Fall. Here are some shots from our trip.
Big thanks to Ryan Lindow for capturing some great shots for us on our trip.
I’ve been spending a ton of time in Tokyo these last couple months. These photos were taken in early April at the peak of Sakura blooming. The cherry blossoms only bloom once a year for a single week, and during this time Tokyo is hectic, it’s pretty much like New Years for them… I was lucky to have it fall on the week that I visited…I’d hit up Nakameguro to see the amazing river fully blossomed or go chill in Yoyogi park with a beer or a six pack!!…Anyways this time around I visited the usual suspects, as well as some new ones. We’ll be introducing a handful of new brands to the HAVEN roster next season that we’re super stoked on. Fun trip all in all… met up with some friends, checked out some crazy robots, and took care of business at some exhibitions…. check out some randoms below
Before I knew it, I was back in Tokyo for round 4 at the end of April for another set of shows and to catch up on some ‘Intelligence’ coverage that is long overdue…more highlights to follow soon.
This past week I have been out in Tokyo for a 3rd round of our seasonal buying trips in Japan. Up first was a visit to the Neighborhood Tokyo Headquarters in Sendagaya. This coming Fall 2014 – Archive No. 0142 Exhibition marks the start of their 20th Anniversary. As always you can expect a gang of really exciting projects and collaborations that are in the works. Here’s a glimpse into their Tokyo showroom and some teaser shots of next seasons collection.
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!