Last week we touched down in Paris for the first leg of our buying trips for the upcoming Spring/Summer 16 season. The cycle never seems to stop. Paris during summers are insanely hot with temperatures of upwards to 38 degrees celcius this time around. The city as usual was vibrant but chaotic at the same time due to Taxi strikes and a whole bunch of other crap going down during Mens Paris Fashion Week. Uber in particular is really causing a shit storm over there. Evolve or Die!
Non-stop sunshine and heat waves the entire trip.
Anyways on to the clothes…First up was to meet Ryo over at Henderscheme. He continues their hommage hits with their Manual Industrial Products.
Waterproof rain caps in Suede, Leather and Straw.
We attended several events over our seven day stay. Here’s a pic of Takeshi Murakami at the Vans x Murakami event. He was all smiles during the entire event, signing peoples tees and shoes and taking photos with admiring fans. Super nice dude!
The New Order magazine had a launch event at the OFR bookstore in Paris. All copies featuring Takahiro Miyashita were sold out before we even got there! I Spotted our boy Laurent Pozo (former HAVEN Vancouver staff) on the bottom right corner looking like Jesus and doing his model thing out in Tokyo!
Back to work…OAMC had a killer collection for spring. Lots of tropical wools and amazing suiting. They are definitely becoming a brand to really keep your eyes peeled on.
Lunch at the local brasserie near our crib in Mont Martre. Toast and Sardines! I’m actually going to start eating this more often. Kinda ghetto but sometimes the simple things in life are the best…
Junya Watanabe was on some Lion King vibe…
African prints and signature Junya patch working can be found throughout the entire collection.
We had some time to take a breather between appointments. So we hit the Tuileries Garden park right next to the Louvre.
Enjoying the view while relaxing and nursing our hangovers…
Next up, visvim. It’s always cool to see what Hiroki comes up for his inspiration each season.
There’s some interesting flips on some old favourites as well as the addition of some new styles added to the visvim repertoire as well.
We spent an entire afternoon with our friend Kostas Seremetis. We got something cooking in the pipeline. He’s a genius!
Me and our assistant buyer Nguyen had a date night at Pierre Sang’ one evening…Never fails, I go back every season…it’s so good and the tasting menu is under 40 Euros…
Pair it with some wine and….Bon Appetit!
Our friends at Sasquatchfabrix have been showing their collection in Paris the past couple seasons. Definitely one of our favourite collections that we saw during our Paris trip.
Different Places, Familiar Faces. Satoshi is a Ninja!
Up next was visiting The Soloist. Always a personal favourite, this season Takahiro came up with an awesome technical collection loosley inspired by Liam Gallahger, Oasis and Cycling.
Insane attention to details from Takahiro Miyashita. Nobody comes close. Peep the Head Phone inserts on the storm hood. And if that wasn’t enough every fabric used in the collection was treated with a waterproof coating.
Above and Beyond. TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist x End Zipper Clasp over Talon zippers. Insane!
The Master himself. Takahiro Miyashita.
This season Jun Takahashi revisted past seasons for inspiration for his UNDERCOVER 25th Anniversary ‘The Greatest’ collection. You’ll find some amazing references to past favourites such as ‘Scab’, ‘Underman’, ‘Unreal RealClothes’ and much more. I’ve already got my personal order down for several pieces. So good!
Chaos | Balance
UNDERMAN helmet ring is so dope!
Up next we made our way to the Sacai showroom. The collection continues to get stronger and stronger. Designer Chitsoe Abe is really carving out an incredible name for herself. You’ll often see many brands reference her design details in their collections…..Here is their Sacai x Henderscheme Sandals that are a summer must.
Adidas x White Mountaineering Sneak Peek.
We’ve also got a handful of new brands that I think everyone will be stoked on. Hide your wallets…FW15 and SS16 are going to be sick!
That’s it for now…it’s never ending…I’m Heading to Japan and then NYC over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned.
We are back with part II of our series on Spring in Tokyo with photographer Ryan Lindow (@ryanlindow).
The Hotel Okura is a special place and we made it a priority to stay here and enjoy the design and architecture before it is demolished this September. The lobby is just as it’s been since the 1960′s and is certainly one of the coolest rooms we’ve ever seen.
We were on back-to-back trips to Tokyo and with only a few days in between we were on it. First thing Monday morning…WTAPS FW15 exhibition! Tet and his crew have delivered another strong season that will surely keep the streak of instant sell-outs alive this Fall.
JBS bar is a not-so-secret-anymore record bar in Shibuya. Kobayashi-san and his 10,000 records are all you really need for a great time.
Thunderbolt in Nakameguro wins for best menu design this round.
Trainspotting with some locals.
How many coffees and teas can we drink in one day? We stopped at the outdoor patio on the roof of the Gyre building on Omotesando to check.
Maiko kept us going with some extra strong coffee at her shop Mocha Coffee in Daikanyama. She sources all of the beans directly and exclusively from Yemen.
Wacko Maria FW15. Just wait for it.
We stopped by to see the charming staff at retaW and check out some of their new products like the black & white Allen candles.
There are no shortages of things to do in Tokyo and this weekend was packed. First up, C.E and The Trilogy Tapes at Daikanyama Unit. Will Bankhead and Joy Orbison came over from the UK to hold it down in the main room and downstairs the Cav Empt crew went deep.
The only way to follow up is with the Neighborhood 21st Anniversary party at Vision. We got in just as The Sissybars took the stage and got the place going. There was great music all night, but the craziest was Sk8thing dropping jungle breaks and heavy bass in the back room.
Shin-san is a man of many titles and talents. He has a new photography book coming out and you’ll be hearing more from him very soon.
The Pool Aoyama will be open until next year and promises to have some pretty great releases until then. The Melanism collection is on now and is certainly worth checking out.
The ceiling of lightbulbs at Undercover.
Vanity plates in Tokyo are limited to number combinations and we saw plenty. A favourite designer of ours has the evil 666 plates, and this Mercedes gull-wing on the street in Aoyama reminds you that it’s a 300SL.
Nigel Cabourn had his FW15 women’s show and it exceeded every expectation. He had a huge collection of his vintage archives on display, a live band providing the music, and Nigel himself ended the show by passing out beers to everyone in attendance from the runway. A legend!
Steakhouse Satou and their famous Matsuzaka beef.
We stopped by to check out HF doing a soundcheck for his concert at Club Asia in Shibuya. The band was sounding tight, the sound system was tuned and everything was ready for a great set later that night.
Nigo opened up his new shop in Harajuku where you can find Human Made alongside his many other projects.
We had a great time hanging out with architect Nobuo Araki over a few days in Tokyo. Araki-san has designed some amazing retail spaces, offices, and homes and can hit the cafe’s harder than anyone! He really showed us a great time, I counted 5 coffees/teas from 4 different places in the span of only 5 hours.
That’s a wrap for this season, but look for more photos on Instagram @havenshop & @ryanlindow.
Spring in Tokyo is a special time of year, so Haven is bringing you a two part photo series by photographer Ryan Lindow (@ryanlindow).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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?
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.
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)