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Buyer’s Log | Round 4

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.

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Big thanks to Ryan Lindow for capturing some great shots for us on our trip.

-Arthur

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Buyer’s Log | Tokyo in April

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

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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.

- Arthur

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Buyer’s Log | Neighborhood Tokyo Headquarters

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.

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- Arthur

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Buyer’s Log | FW14 NYC Market Week Highlights – Part One

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.

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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!

-Dan

 

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Visvim in Paris

Always a highlight of our Paris trip is previewing the visvim collection in their showroom. For AW14 the collection is inspired by good ol’ Ronald Raegan and the All American Cowboy. In typical visvim fashion we continue to see the use of exceptional fabrics and construction techniques that we’ve come to know from Hiroki Nakamura.  Below are some photos I snapped from around the showroom.

- Arthur

 

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Buyer’s Log | Post Paris AW14 Recap

A couple weeks back me and Dan were out in Paris for the first stop in our Autumn/Winter 2014 Buying tour. Here’s a brief recap of our trip and some highlights of what you can expect at HAVEN for next Fall 2014…

Dan showed some shots from the Junya Watanabe MAN show that we attended.  The next day we hit up the Comme des Garcons showroom offices to make our selections.

The collaboration between Seil Marschall and Junya Watanabe will be continuing for Fall.  It continues to look amazing. Here’s one of my personal favourites.

The reversed side reveals an array of crazy pockets…

Another favourite from next seasons collection is this Paraffin Fishtail Parka with removal liner and fur collar…

We’re Canadian so you know we’re gonna lean towards the Flannels and Plaids….no worries next season we’ll have a healthy selection

The collaborations between Duvetica from Italy and Levi’s is also looking really strong next season, here’s a teaser…

Getting a Taxi in Paris is a bitch! This time around Uber was in full effect.  I’d highly recommend using it, most regular cabs are assholes, but service from Uber is top notch and the price is sometimes cheaper…plus you roll around a black car like the President…

Quick stop at the Man Show to say what’s up to a couple vendors..

Eiichi from Minotaur!

The Dawn Duffel Coat is one of the many nice outwear options from Minotaur next season.

Next Stop Tomorrow showroom…

We’re stoked that White Mountaineering is continuing their BLK collection. Here’s one of the jackets we’re looking forward to receiving next Fall.

Saucony collaboration is ongoing… also peep a glimpse at the Porter bags in the background..

Lunch break at supposedly the “World’s Best Falafel” joint. The writing on the right translates to something along the lines of “Often Imitated Never Duplicated”.

Check it out it’s in the 1st District. Not sure if it’s the best in the world, but their Fallafel is definitely legit!

Also when in Paris eat at Richer…Trust!

When we weren’t Ubering around to showrooms we were pounding the pavement….Space Invader all over Paris..

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Paris essentials….Patio and a Cappuccino!

One of our favourite new collections OverAll MasterCloth / O.A.M.C is looking killer! Be on the lookout as there are some big things coming from this camp…every season it gets better and better.

Their Blacked-Out Deck Jacket is so good!

New vs Old…The team wasn’t fuckin’ around when they decided to ship this American Jeep all the way to Paris in a container from Los Angeles for their showroom display..

Quick stop off at Tranoi tradeshow, then we out…

More from our travels shortly…

- Arthur

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