While in Tokyo this last trip, I had a chance to visit my friend Mitsuru from Soph. He lives in an area of Tokyo called Nakano. We had some lunch then hit up the Nakano ‘Broadway’. Mitsuru describes this place as ‘Otaku’ land. For those unfamiliar, the word Otaku, literally translates to “Geek” or, “Fanboy”. In general it refers to Japanese people who are simply obsessed with something, anything really….After walking through the 4 level Nakano Broadway building you get a good understanding of just how ‘Otaku’ some Tokyoites are over some of the most bizarre things….some shit was too weird, here’s some photos of the more normal stuff…
One of the best spots inside was this Watch Shop. Apparently it has one of the best selections of Vintage timepieces in all of Tokyo. It also has some of the best prices, so this is where you should hit up if you are looking for a vintage Rolex!
Old School first generation Manga comic books……Check out the original Astro Boy comic books….I never knew he was called ‘Mighty Atom’ in Japan…
Check out the price tag on ‘The World of the Future: Nextworld’, that’s about 3G in Canadian dollars…
Another great find is the abundance of vintage magazine shops. You can find all sorts of archived Japanese fashion magazines….Stacks on Stacks…
Popeye mag from 1979!
Muscle men! This one shop inside the mall sold only Muscle Men…..Mind Blown! I haven’t seen these things in a good 20-25 years, yet here in Tokyo there must be a market for it if an entire store can dedicate itself to it…
This shop specialized in vintage military memorobillia like Zippos, Watches, and …….Guns!
Airsoft guns that look the real deal…
There is also a small gallery space that Takahashi Murakami opened up to help promote young up and coming artists from Japan.
There was a small exhibition from some artist named Hidari Zingaro…
This one spot was selling used Beer Cans!
After spending a couple of hours in the mall, we stepped outside to witness this Lamborghini Countach at a stop light right in front of us….Un-Fucking-Real!!! This thing was mint condition and sounded like a beast…
Peace Mitsuru! Thanks for the tour…
A couple weeks ago I was in Tokyo for a quick 3 day trip to take care of a few appointments and visit a couple exhibitions. Tokyo weather in July is pretty erratic, as soon as I stepped off the plane it was clear sunny skies, about 2 hrs later torrential downpours. When it rains in Japan, it really rains…..that sideways rain that is impossible to shield against even with a massive umbrella. It’s also humid as hell with temperatures reaching the mid 30 degrees celcius and nearly 100% humidity.
My first day on the ground I visited the SS14 Tokyo exhibition for Visvim. In my previous Paris post I mentioned that the Geodome was suppossed to be draped in Fabric for the Tokyo exhibition…..well they didn’t make it in time for Tokyo either but cool nonetheless…..anyways as always some super amazing pieces in the collection…
Next up was to visit Heather Grey Wall to say whats up to Kazuki and view his SS14 CASH CA line.
New Liberty of London Panterns for their Coolmax Shirts….
Kazuki doing some good shit as always…
Just around the corner from Heather Grey Wall is a dope coffee spot called Little Nap Coffee Stand…They make a mean Iced Coffee…
I had some free time to check out some shops. Always a favourite of mine is the Nepenthes shop in Shibuya. Keep your eyes peeled and look up for the stain glass because it’s super easy to miss….. They stock all your Nepenthes favourties….Engineered Garments, Needles, South2West, Takahiro Miyashita The Soloist etc etc. Def check it out if your in the area….
Another must visit shop in Tokyo is J’Antique in Nakameguro….They are world renowned for having one of the best selections of Vintage Apparel and Antique furniture in the world. Apparently many fashion designers from all over visit J’Antique to pick up pieces or get inspiration for their collections…. you can find pretty much anything here from Old Stadium Jackets, Levi’s Vintage, LEE, Converse , Boro’s, vintage buttons and hardware etc etc…..
Original 1970′s Chuck Taylor in a dope Purple colorway….
Some Vintage LEvi’s from who knows when….
Brews with Bros….Tsubasa, Mitsuru, Tatsuya and Satoru at Miriachi Izakaya on Dogenzaka Road in Shibuya. Good food and good company…
Mariachi has random shit everywhere to make for a cool environment…the food is really good as well…
With the coming of the new season we see uniform experiment present its Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The playful lookbook reiterates uniform experiment’s skillful use of a wide range of color’s, prints, fabrics and silhouettes. We also see the return of the popular Carhartt cobranded pieces. Look for the Fall/Winter uniform experiment collection coming soon to HAVEN.
A few weeks ago everyone at the Haven Toronto shop decided to pay a little visit to our friends over at Easy Tiger on Dundas West. They were having an opening party and invited us to come celebrate the unveiling of this unique space they built for themselves. Besides having some of the most interesting grooming products and locally hand crafted goods that i’ve seen, they also know how to throw a great welcome party; good music, Philips Ice Pops, banh mi sandwiches, and the spiciest Mojitos ever!
Functional bar by night / Delicious gourmet drinks and edibles by day
It has real wormwood in it, but I wouldn’t try drinking it.
Congratulations and the biggest thanks to everyone at the shop! looking good over there! For more info on them check out www.easytigergoods.com
The Spring/Summer 2014 buying season kicks off for us in Europe. This season we decided to skip the sweltering heat of Pitti Uomo in Italy and travel directly for Paris Fashion Week for a short in and out trip. We see products a full season in advance and even though Summer is just began in Canada, we’re already looking at Spring/Summer 2014 collections for next year. Here’s some highlights from my recent trip.
The very first appointment was with Visvim at their Paris showroom. The collection for Spring/Summer 2014 is entitled ‘Buckminster Fuller’. The name comes from the inventor, theorist, architect and all around genius Buckminster Fuller from the US. One of his most famous works is the Geodesic Domes which inspired this seasons showroom display.
Apparently the entire display was not fully complete in time for the Paris exhibition. The Geodome was actually meant to be draped in fabric panels to create a Geometric styled Tipi like structure. Looked pretty cool as is, but I’m looking forward to checking out the full display at the Tokyo exhibition.
The Spring 14 footwear selection is looking really strong. We see the return of old favourites as well as a few new styles to the line up. The apparel collections is one of the strongest I’ve seen in recent seasons as well. Theres lots of wearable staples mixed in with some new styles that are sure to become coveted pieces.
Onward….. Summer in Paris is amazing. I had some free time this trip to enjoy the city. In between appointments I took short break to enjoy the nice weather on the Canal St. Martin.
Next up was to see the White Mountaineering S/S 14 collection which now shows in Paris. Their showroom in Montmartre district had a pretty intense mural on the ceiling. Not sure who it’s by, but it’s one of those things that you only see in Paris showrooms….
The Spring 14 collection is slightly toned down from past seasons. Often times we see White Mountaineering coming out with crazy patterns and knits that are sometimes too loud and difficult to mix into your wardrobe. Though there are some prints for the season that are standout, there is also a mix of very wearable pieces that are toned down and easy to wear.
One of the great things about the SS14 collection is that we see the return of the BLK collection which disappeared a couple years back. For those unfamiliar, the BLK collection was the more technical offspring that held its ground next to the likes of Acronym and Arc’teryx Veilance and produced entirely in Japan. Though going forward it’s not called ‘BLK’ due to licensing issues, it is now simply distinguished by its predominately Black Garments and Tonal Black on Black White Mountaineering neck label.
White Mountaineering continues to collaborate with Saucony on their classic running shoes. Here’s a teaser photo of one of the standout colorways for Spring 14 that we’ll be receiving.
Next up was an appointment with a new brand to our roster for SS14, OverAll MasterCloth. The collection remains part of the Carhartt Work In Progress Umbrella, however OAMC is designed as a completely seperate entity. Though Heritage elements are present the collection is meant to be a modern take on classic Carhartt, using premium and modern fabrics such as Schoeller, and Ventile. The collection is almost entirely produced in Europe, with some interesting collaborations with Atelier Heschung out of France and The Light Eyewear company from Tokyo.
Here’s a glimpse of the OAMC collection…
My last appointment of my trip was at the Comme des Garcons showroom. It’s pretty much a full day appointment as we deal with the various sub lines such as Junya Watanabe, PLAY, Shirt, Parfum, Wallet etc.
The new Junya Watanabe MAN line was one of my favourites. They collaborated with German heritage bag makers Seil Marschall on several pieces throughout the collection. The collection exhibits a heavy dose of workwear and utilitarian elements that we’ve been accustomed to from Junya in past seasons.
Here’s one of my favourite pieces from the collection, a Reversible Twill Check Hunting Shirt done in collaboration with Seil Marschall.
Reverse side shows an array of hidden pocket detailing that is insane!
The new and improved HAVEN Vancouver is being built out as we speak and should be complete in a few months time. The closing of our Blood Alley Gastown location was tough as we had countless fond memories. But don’t sweat it! In the meantime in this transitionary period please visit us at our temporary Pop Up location at 157 Water Street – Basement Unit. We’re just a block down the road from the old location, so come by and say hi. Here’s a few photos of the Pop Up Shop…
HAVEN Vancouver Pop Up
BSMT – 157 Water Street