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Buyer’s Log | Tokyo in April

I’ve been spending a ton of time in Tokyo these last couple months.  These photos were taken in early April at the peak of Sakura blooming. The cherry blossoms only bloom once a year for a single week, and during this time Tokyo is hectic, it’s pretty much like New Years for them… I was lucky to have it fall on the week that I visited…I’d hit up Nakameguro to see the amazing river fully blossomed or go chill in Yoyogi park with a beer or a six pack!!…Anyways this time around I visited the usual suspects, as well as some new ones. We’ll be introducing a handful of new brands to the HAVEN roster next season that we’re super stoked on.  Fun trip all in all… met up with some friends, checked out some crazy robots, and took care of business at some exhibitions…. check out some randoms below

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Before I knew it, I was back in Tokyo for round 4 at the end of April for another set of shows and to catch up on some ‘Intelligence’ coverage that is long overdue…more highlights to follow soon.

- Arthur

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Buyer’s Log | Neighborhood Tokyo Headquarters

This past week I have been out in Tokyo for a 3rd round of our seasonal buying trips in Japan. Up first was a visit to the Neighborhood Tokyo Headquarters in Sendagaya. This coming Fall 2014 – Archive No. 0142 Exhibition marks the start of their 20th Anniversary. As always you can expect a gang of really exciting projects and collaborations  that are in the works.  Here’s a glimpse into their Tokyo showroom and some teaser shots of next seasons collection.

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- Arthur

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Curator Home Visit by Nalata Nalata

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For the past little while I’ve been helping my sister and her boyfriend Steve with some guest curation on their website Nalata/Nalata. I’ve always said that quality is contagious and when you’re surrounded by some of the lines we carry all day, that appreciation for high-quality garments eventually carries over into other products and areas of your life. Whether it’s your kitchen tools, your transportation, or the mattress that you sleep on everynight, I believe it is good sense to invest in items that will grow with you and perform at a high level.

When the shop started bringing in Hender Scheme footwear a few seasons ago, I noticed that the company also produced amazing and beautiful homewares. While some of these items didn’t fit into what we do here at HAVEN, I thought it would be a great match for Nalata’s Japanese-focused homeware lineup.

Head over the the Nalata/Nalata site to view this small introductory feature on myself and a quick visit to my home in downtown Edmonton, Canada. And visit their online shop to view my carefully curated Hender Scheme selection.

Nalata/Nalata: Guest Curator – Daniel Chmielewski

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Nalata/Nalata: Guest Curator – Daniel Chmielewski

All photos copyright© 2014 HAVEN APPAREL INC | Nalata/Nalata

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