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Spring 2015 in Tokyo, part I

Spring in Tokyo is a special time of year, so Haven is bringing you a two part photo series by photographer Ryan Lindow (@ryanlindow).

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We arrived in Tokyo just in time for hanami.  When the sakura were in full bloom you could feel the excitement around the city in places like Nakameguro and Yoyogi Park.  Here at the Imperial Palace you can rent a boat and paddle around in the Chidorigafuchi Moat.

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Tokyo has a wide variety of nightlife options but our favourite are the record bars.  You can find rock’n’roll bars, punk bars, funk bars, jazz bars, and soul bars all across the city.  The first night in the city we came across Soul Sisters, a tiny place with great music and the best bar logo I’ve ever seen.

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This is Mr. Haruaki on his ’65 Triumph 6T outside Be A Good Neighbor in Sendagaya.  Tokyo is not an early-rising city, so there are not many people out for breakfast before 8am.  lt’s nice to meet some locals and have a coffee and conversation in the quiet morning hours.  Mr. Haruaki was wearing head-to-toe Neighborhood, representing one of our favourite brands very well.

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Blackmeans had their new collection on display and it certainly took their studded punk rock aesthetic to the next level.  These guys are making some really impressive pieces.  Look for some extra murdered out leather jackets at Haven this Fall.

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The Neighborhood HQ in Shibuya is one of the coolest buildings in Tokyo.  We spent time looking at their FW15 collection, working on some upcoming projects, and later stopped by their Harajuku flagship store.

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Little Cloud Coffee can be found inside Visvim’s 2nd floor Gyre Building location (don’t miss the Indigo Camping Trailer shop on the 3rd floor).  They keep the menu simple and Koji makes one of the best iced coffees in Tokyo.  It’s not cheap, but use the opportunity to sit on their terrace overlooking Omotesando, and you’ll find it worthwhile.

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The Kurachika Yoshida Omotesando shop is Porter’s flagship store in Tokyo.  You can find a huge variety of Porter bags and watch craftsman hand-cut leather wallets and accessories through the window to the factory in the back of the shop.

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We caught 2 shows at SO Gallery in Shibuya while we were in town.  The first was “Sprint”, an exhibition featuring artists Arran Gregory and Max Parsons, and the second was the “Captain Vinyl” popup shop by DJ Muro.  Crate digging is still alive with The King of Diggin’.

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On our way to Yoyogi Station we came across this stand called Blauw Espresso.  Yo is the man behind the counter and makes some excellent coffee.  We’ll be back next time.

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The Strangers are the rockabilly dance crew that holds it down every Sunday at Yoyogi Park.  We made it a point to stop by after checking out the hanami madness on the other side of the park.  What can I really say about this inspirational haircut?s-stussy

The best part of being in Tokyo is running into people out in the street.  The morning before we left, we went for coffee and ran into Shawn Stussy.  As a kid growing up in California there were few people as influential as Mr. Stussy.  His good taste and positive vibes are a great example for all of us.

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Just like that and the sakura bloom was over.  Petals rained down on the Meguro River and, just a week after it started, hanami was over. Check back for part II of our trip, coming in a few weeks.

Photos & Words : Ryan Lindow (@ryanlindow)

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RECAP | visvim FW15 Trunk Show at HAVEN Vancouver

Last weekend, we once again had the privilege of hosting the visvim FW15 Trunk Show at our HAVEN Vancouver location. This season the team from Japan brought a large portion of the FW15 collection to Vancouver for our customers to see in person.  We’re excited to see some old visvim favourites return, as well as the introduction of some new soon to be favourites. The collection is looking as strong as ever and we thank all of our guests for stopping by. Below is a look at the HAVEN Vancouver space showcasing visvim.

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- HAVEN

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Buyer’s Log | NYC Market Week Recap

It’s been about a month since we were out in NYC for the first leg of our FW15 Buying Trip.  I finally had a chance to sort through some images to blog about. We saw the usual suspects as well as some new stuff that we are excited to introduce for FW15. Here’s a brief recap and highlights from New York.

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A game changer for those unforeseen extraneous circumstances!

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On to some clothes…First up was Engineered Garments.  We made an incredible selection of pieces from their Fall/Winter collection. Lots of military inspired pieces that we are really excited about. We also got a couple show stoppers as well…See above

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How to become a Ninja….Step 1: Buy Stone Island Down Jacket…

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Step 2: Buy Stone Island Shadow Project Sneakers

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Next up was a visit to our good friends at CYC to view the latest wings + horns and Reigning Champ collections in their Chelsea gallery space. The wings + horns collection is by far their strongest offerings we’ve seen to date.  Inspired by vintage astronaut clothing, designer Tung Vo collaborated with amsterdam based ByBorre on incredible 3-D knit space suit. We have some special projects and events in the works for the upcoming season as well, so stay tuned.

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While in Chelsea we had some free time in between appointments to stop off at the Gagosian Gallery to check out the Takahashi Murakami exhibition…..Mind Blown!!!

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Expect some wild stuff from Needles next season.

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When in NYC go to Decibel Sake Bar to get your drink on!

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Go to Angel’s Share to get your drink on as well!

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Just in case you didn’t notice…we’re strong supporters of Nalata Nalata. If you’re in NYC and haven’t visited yet, go now! You will not be dissapointed.

I’m sorting through more photos and will get up pics from Paris in the next couple days.

- Arthur

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