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!
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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.
Visiting the visvim Tokyo showroom to preview the entire SS15 collection.
Got my caffeine jolt and checked out the new visvim coffee bar/ shop ‘Litte Cloud Coffee’.
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.
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…
The Pool Aoyama
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!
Serious business at Ganryu
Selfie!! ….This Ganryu 60/40 Two Tone Coach Blazer in is one of my personal favourites for next season.
Nice summer Chuck flips from CDG Homme.
Visited General Nigo at his new 2-5 Cafe and checked out Human Made for this upcoming season. Best season yet.
Wacko Fucking Maria!
Shogo know’s whats up…
Super legit lounge gear!
Atsuhiko Mori was previously a professional Soccer player, now he runs the show at Wacko Maria and makes crazy shit.
My friend Shin Okishima brought a gang of us to this killer Yakitori spot in Ginza called Takechan. Highly recommended.
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!
Next stop was to visit the NBHD Headquarters…lots of cool stuff in the works.
Adidas x NBHD!
Stay tuned for more highlights.
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.