Mt. Fuji and the surrounding forrest act as the backdrop for this collection from The North Face – gear for a hike and camp through one of Japan’s most treasured natural sites. The kit is available online, but only in Japan… but enjoy the promo nonetheless.
Son of the Cheese may just be our favourite left-field Japanese collection these days (only because we’re still waiting on some newness from Labrat) – coming strong for f/w 2014 this lookbook is a more understated direction from the label than we’ve seen in season’s past, but I’m feeling it all the same – click on through for the whole set.
We’ve been covering Manastash for a few years now and have always admired what the Washington State / Japan-focused label has produced – timelessly hippy and outdoors-centric, great colours and fits, with function thought through for real wear. Here’s a look at the Japanese catalogue for s/s 2014, lots of gold, especially on the women’s side of things, and bang-on art direction overall.
On another note, Manastash is now available at Without Walls, the new on-trend outdoors venture from Urban Outfitters. The model is very current and you gotta give it up for their cool hunters for jumping all over this style in the wake/fallout of faux-Americana/’heritage’ everything. A lot of really awesome brands on board which is great for WW and consumers – but I gotta question why (other than the obvious payout) many of these brands were willing to sacrifice their ‘credibility’ and core audience (aka not the Urban Outfitters clientele) to get on board with this corporate trendhop – it is the long play? What happens when the next thing comes along? Or is this aesthetic/’lifestyle’ going to stick with millennials? A lot of questions, but Manastash is one of the labels I wouldn’t have expected to join on, given their brand promise and ethos, which is hard to rectify against the necessary business dealings of a shareholder business like Without Walls.
We first featured Mean in f/w 2013, and this followup s/s 2014 collection is a gooder as well – not feeling the moustache and the Chelsea boots, but everything else is 100% a go.
Kosuke Yamagishi’s Softmachine is back with this their fall/winter 2014 collection, more of the Japan/Cali tattoo culture indebted apparel we’ve come to appreciate season after season. And while inked up lookbooks are par for the course these days on the blauges, you can tell Softmachine ain’t faking (like basically everyone else) – that, and the pieces are dope. Click through for much more.
SoCal classic basics from Seventy Four for s/s 2014. One of the most consistent lines that we’ve followed for years, you can always count on the brand to stay true to their aesthetic and deliver season after season.
JP 2 NYC, Chari & Co have been styling in the North American cycling scene for years – originally more track bike focused in the mid-late 2000′s, the shop/brand has grown a lot, in to other types of cycling as well as their in-house line – s/s ’14 showcased here, and it looks damn good… make sure to click through on this one.
Desillusion Magazine presents this look at California’s Iron & Resin, a mainstay here on the site:
‘Based in the heart of Ventura, a town literally fuelled by waves and gasoline. Iron & Resin is the product of several friends, immersed in a culture of motorcycles and point breaks. A culture where man builds with his own hands and the only thing that counts is living in the moment. ’Brother of the Weird’ presents an insight into the brand with co-founder Thom Hill.
This short film is based on the article “Behind The Desk – Iron & Resin” published in Desillusion Magazine 45, Tome 1.’