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Buyer’s Log | SS15 Japan Circuit Recap

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.

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Visiting the visvim Tokyo showroom to preview the entire SS15 collection.

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Got my caffeine jolt and checked out the new visvim coffee bar/ shop ‘Litte Cloud Coffee’.

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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.

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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…

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The Pool Aoyama

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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!

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Serious business at Ganryu

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Selfie!! ….This Ganryu 60/40 Two Tone Coach Blazer in is one of my personal favourites for next season.

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Nice summer Chuck flips from CDG Homme.

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Visited General Nigo at his new 2-5 Cafe and checked out Human Made for this upcoming season.  Best season yet.

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Wacko Fucking Maria!

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Super legit lounge gear!

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Atsuhiko Mori was previously a professional Soccer player, now he runs the show at Wacko Maria and makes crazy shit.

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My friend Shin Okishima brought a gang of us to this killer Yakitori spot in Ginza called Takechan. Highly recommended.

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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!

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Next stop was to visit the NBHD Headquarters…lots of cool stuff in the works.

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Adidas x NBHD!

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Savage…

Stay tuned for more highlights.

-Arthur

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visvim SS15 Trunkshow Recap

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.

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- HAVEN

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Buyer’s Log | Paris Men’s Fashion Week Part II

Walking around Paris between showrooms was really an interesting part of my Paris trip. The city had an easy and slow vibe with modern but also old-fashioned atmosphere. People are randomly taking their smoke breaks on the street, playing music, skating or playing soccer. There was definitely a different view from the cities I’ve ever visited. Below are some photos and highlights that I shot.

We quickly stopped by the Capsule show.

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Next up are the SS15 White Mountaineering and OAMC showrooms. OAMC is still a new brand to us but it has an eye catching quality and use of colors which is very distinct from any other brands. White Mountaineering also has some great pieces as well for SS15.

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Our last stop was COMME des GARCONS Junya Watanabe MAN. Next seasons is based on Japanese Indigo and Boro’s theme.

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After leaving Paris behind, we stopped by Berlin just to hang out. German beer is cheap but good. I really recommend to go to Germany if you are a beer drinker!

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-Nori

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Buyer’s Log | Paris Men’s Fashion Week Part I

A couple weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit Paris during the Men’s fashion week along with Arthur and Daniel. It was my first time in Paris, so I was quite excited to see the city, people, and culture. Also one of our photographers, Jan, who now lives in London, flew there on the same day to meet up and enjoy Paris.

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The first part of our workload was to make a visit to the visvim Paris showroom.

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On our way home, we walked into this wine/sake store that can provide you glasses for tasting and has a table on the street. It was like a small standing party on the street with friends and definitely had a different atmosphere.. well because It’s PARIS!

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Next early morning, we headed to the Undercover Paris showroom to check out for their SS15 collection. Undercover is one of my favorite brands, here’s some shots from the showroom.

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Below are some of our favourite picks for SS15.

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Team HAVEN’s European buying trip continuing soon…

-Nori

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The New Order Magazine

Arthur and I recently had the chance to sit down with James Oliver over at The New Order Magazine for a chat. If you’re interested in seeing a bit more of the inner workings of the company, head over to their site and give it a read!

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Follow the link below to read the full article.

Link: The New Order | HAVEN’s Daniel and Arthur Chmielewski Talk Shop

-Dan

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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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