Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
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.
You’ve been warned.
In honor of the recently departed Satoshi Kon, we thought we’d draw your attention to one of the more overlooked films in his catalog and in anime in general, the curdled Capra gem that is Tokyo Godfathers.
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.
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 unveiled online 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.
Our latest favorite selvedge shirt comes from the Tokyo label 12-bar. Normally we’d steer clear of the western look, but this shirt manages to do it exactly to the limit. There are snaps but no arrows, and the discreet white piping wisely steers clear of nudie suit territory.
The herringbone fabric gives the fabric some texture, and the denim-blue keeps everything in manageably urban territory. This is how cowboys dress in Tokyo.
Travel is one of the finest uses of leisure…but leisure’s pretty hard to come by these days. Luckily there are always a few photographers on the case.
Max Wanger has taken what used to be called a Gentleman’s Tour of Europe, skipping between Paris, Rome and Florence (and Tokyo for good measure) and coming back with a set of pictures that use the location to the greatest effect.
If you were wondering what the Parisian kids are up to these days, this would be the easiest way to find out.
Whether it’s punk rock, kanji or toaster ovens, Japan is often better at interpretation than invention. As a result, Tokyo’s status as a style capital is less about their brands than about their collaborations. So while Barbour may not have the international name recognition it deserves, but you can bet it’s on a lot of minds in Tokyo.
And vice versa apparently. This collaboration between Barbour and To Ki To (from Tokyo, naturally) just came down the transom, and it’s pretty close to the heavy raingear collection of our dreams. Without exposing themselves to too much London drizzle, To Ki To managed to nail the rain-soaked British charm, with a few curveballs added in translation.
Kind of like Guitar Wolf…if you’re into that sort of thing.
A lot of interesting stuff comes out of Japan, so we’re always glad to see it a little earlier.
The Pursuit Aesthetic put us on to our Eastern connection. It’s called Style from Tokyo, and we’ve already seen more loose-weave shawl collar sweaters than we ever expected to find on those shores. Unlike most street style blogs, Style from Tokyo seeks out the unusual, so don’t be surprised if you see a few too many hobo-chic drifters sporting blaze-orange blazers. That’s just how Tokyo works.
It’s a nice place to visit, but we wouldn’t want to live there.
FashionIndie turned us on to these pictures from Tokyo line Man of Moods. They alternate between monochromatic winterwear and Brazilian-style color freakouts, but it’s surprising how well they blend the two. It’s not the most wearable stuff we’ve ever seen…but one or two of these items—the button-ups and scarves in particular—could do a lot to brighten up the coming winter.
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
Back before he became a big time music producer and multi-Grammy winner, Mark Ronson used to DJ all the hottest parties in town—and some out of town as well (ask him about the time he flew to Milan to DJ at a Gucci soirée and got in a shouting match with Charlize Theron.) His sartorial acumen has increased appreciably since those days behind the decks; onstage these days he affects a sort of dapper nouveau-rockabilly vibe, necktie always knotted just so.
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
We always just kind of took it for granted that king-of-camp John Waters only ever wears vintage threads. That’s what the writer/director’s skinny suits and ties always looked like to us, and it seemed to match his retro persona perfectly. The other night at the opening of the new musical version of his 1990 film
Sao Paulo is well on its way to churning out Tokyo-esque levels of brightly colored indie trinketry. This latest—a pencil-holder, in case you hadn’t guessed—is from Buia, a Japanese-Brazilian designer with a knack for transferring cartoonish designs onto ceramics.
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