In our grand tradition of keeping you up to date on the international men’s shop scene, we’ve scoured the globe for the newest openings in your regular haunts—you know, Singapore, Milan, the usual. Because you never know when you’re going to need a new chambray shirt while in Hong Kong.
In our grand tradition of keeping you up to date on the international men’s shop scene, we’ve scoured the globe for the newest openings in your regular haunts—you know, Shanghai, Berlin, the usual. Because you never know when you’re going to need some British tailoring while in Hamburg.
Wool Worth: An excellent roundup of peacoats for every sensibility and price range. [Well Spent]
Bout That Life: An expose on the infiltration of hip-hop bravado in the newest wave of menswear culture. [NY Times]
Scoot In: A photographer in Tokyo documents the sardine-like work commute on their subways. [Slate]
Cirkus Zlatan: The entire country of England is still in shock from yesterday’s wonder-goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic--which some are calling the best ever. (If you only watch one soccer highlight in your life, let it be this one.) [NPR]
Tokyo’s Loopwheeler made their name in Americana circles by making a note-perfect recreation of a ’50s-era Champion sweatshirt—and as of today, you can get it all online at their newly launched shop.
The secret is their namesake: a vintage Loopwheeler loom that knits in seamless circles—roughly 24 rounds per minute, a trickle by modern standards. The slow knit pays off with a softer sweatshirt than the US has made since the Kennedy administration. You’ll have to finagle a GeoTrust login and ship it to the US by proxy, but it should be worth it.
Ships doesn’t get the press of Beams or Honeyee, but they’ve been one of the main players in Tokyo’s heritage revival. And more importantly, they’re currently finishing up a pop-up shop at Tribeca’s Grown & Sewn—a khaki artisan you might remember from the Pop Up Flea. We stopped by today to check out the goods, including Inverallan sweaters and some of the finest sweatshirts known to man.
Just a few days after we crowned Hong Kong as having Asia’s best suits, Tokyo gets in on the action. This pic from Colonial Goods shows the United Arrows braintrust showing off their soft-shouldered swagger in monochrome—and it’s a sight to behold. The race is on, gentlemen.
It’s the cardinal rule of blog style: everything’s cooler in Japan.
So we’re glad to see one of their premiere brands finally make the leap. For the last few years, Beams+ has been one of the better reasons to visit Tokyo, but SF’s Unionmade has managed to smuggle some of their best stuff into stateside ecommerce. Our favorites so far are this jersey blazer, this overdyed plaid oxford shirt, and this paisley tie, but there's plenty more where that came from.
And while it's a little pricey, think of all the money you're saving on airfare.
We usually give high-fashion trends a pretty wide berth, but this snap was too perfect to let slide.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is why you shouldn't wear low-slung pants.
On some level, he's doing everything right—he's got his argyle, his plaid, and a remarkably handsome pair of shoes. But he still looks like two small children decided to stand on each other's shoulders to masquerade as a Japanese hipster.
The plot focuses on a homeless trio in modern Tokyo trying to track down the parents of an abandoned baby. On the surface, it seems like a break from the psychedelics in Kon’s other work—particularly the infamous Paprika, which really is the head-trip Inception briefly promised to be—but the weirdness is still there, hidden under a layer of melodrama. If Kon was the Fellini of anime, this was his La Strada, which makes it a pretty good entry point for anyone still getting used to the oddities of the genre.
Between Stations: The next time you’re passing through Narita Airport, you may want to stop by the United Arrows shop for some duty-free button-downs. [Hypebeast]
Start with Husbands: An online doc provides a surprisingly rich guide to John Cassavetes, one of the 70s most prolific badasses. If you’ve ever yelled at one of your friends while drunk, you were ripping him off. [SlamxHype]
Magic Eye: An assembly of some of the longest-exposure photographs in history, including the skeleton of MoMA as it was being assembled. Well played. [ItchyI]
Warning: May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth: A gentleman’s guide to copying vinyl records. [Mike Sense]
While iconic, the white handkerchief can begin to look downright unsanitary after it’s been through the wash a few times. We recommend something a bit more colorful…
This handkerchief comes from Muji’s recently unveiledonline shop, and while we probably won’t have to find our way around Akasaka any time soon, we never mind having an extra map around. There are Paris, London and New York versions, but coming from Muji, Tokyo seems like the appropriate choice.
Provided you can keep from sneezing on the palace grounds.