A couple weeks ago we got together with our friends over at INVENTORY Magazine and threw a launch event at our Toronto shop. It was a packed house, and guests in attendance were treated to good eats by Imanishi Japanese Kitchen, drinks from Duggan’s Brewery and Glenmorangie and music supplied by Jamie Sin. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, enjoy these snaps from the party.
It’s been about a month since we last got back from our final buying trip for the SS15 season. Finally had some time to put together a post with some images that me and Dan collected throughout our trip. Enjoy the highlights.
C.E Exhibition is always wild. Blasting techno in the showroom
Foot the Coacher makes some seriously awesome footwear. Next season stay tuned.
One of the best Backpacks I’ve ever seen. Foot the Coacher x Porter
Coming to HAVEN next season….
Engineered Garments in Aoyama
Hender Scheme had a small presentation in the basement of Isetan
Cibone lifestyle store is a must visit. One of my favourite shops.
The Pool Aoyama
Shin-San and Dan.
Sundown in Tokyo
Sasquatch Fabrix SS15 Exhibition.
Satoshi is one of the steeziest dudes I know.
I’m all about that Bruce Lee look right now!
The Fam! Hue from Deluxe
From the top of Omotesando Hills visiting the retaW offices.
Masako and Zen from retaW are awesome people!
We’re stoked to be adding WACKO MARIA to the brand list for SS15. They are killing it!
Wacko Maria x Wolfs Head
Our boy Christophe from Pigalle was in town as well. We had a chance enjoy some NYC breakfast at Clinton Street Bakery Tokyo.
WTAPS Exhibition…Tet drew this picture of Bugs Bunny high out of his mind…haha.
The new SOPHNET. showroom is amazing. SS15 collections from Soph and Uniform Experiment are always strong.
TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist. SS15 exhibition.
Amazing Bomber Vest for next season from TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist.
A few Tokyo essentials…
Hitting up a Yakitori restaurant in Tokyo is a must. Chicken hearts for days!!
Frozen Beers from Kirin.
Royal Milk Tea from the corner convenience store or the millions of vending machines scattered around Tokyo is a morning must.
The Standing Sushi Bar in Shibuya. I usually hit this place up at least 2-3 times every trip. Bang for the buck and amazingly good.
A couple weeks back, Arthur and I were invited by our friends over at NEIGHBORHOOD/WTAPS to attend the opening of HOODS Seoul. It was the first time I’ve ever been to Korea and it was a worthwhile experience to say the least. Seoul in a lot of ways reminds me of Tokyo! Walking around, you could tell that the Koreans had a high level of attention to detail. The retail shops were immaculately laid out and well curated, similar to the shops in Tokyo, and similar to what we try to achieve here at HAVEN.
Here’s some photos from my Lumix GF2. Enjoy.
We spent a lot of time in taxis on this trip. Arthur had unfortunately torn his ACL a week prior and was on crutches. But duty calls!..so we ventured on.
Hotel La Casa was a nice and cozy boutique hotel in the Sansa area that was recommended to us.
Shinsuke and Tet were in attendance as well as WARP magazine.
Great looking shop with custom built fixtures from Japan.
They also opened a concept cOFFee shop next door so you can grab a cappuccino and shop ’till you drop!
Shinsuke looking cool as always!
Talking shop! We were graciously hosted by Mr.Lee and his ECRU family. It was inspiring to see all the different aspects of the industry he was involved in. From HOODS Seoul, UNDERCOVER Seoul, ECRU and their various shops as well as in-house brands. Congrats Mr. Lee and your crew!
After the opening party, we headed out for a late dinner with the NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS crews as well as the entire ECRU family. Koreans know how to throw a party! Happy Water!
Grill master Yu Oka at work
After a blurry night, Arthur and I hit the city streets the next day to take in some sights. I highly recommend visiting the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) while you’re in town.
Mr. Bionic and his ride.
Taking a coffee break and keeping that leg elevated!
Boon the Shop was also a unique retail experience. More on the high-fashion side of things but worth the visit nonetheless.
We stopped for some Korean beer and eats.
They love their spice!
Thanks for reading!