07/26/2015

New York SHOW

Our New York show at CAPSULE is over….it was really great to be on the show again…..we were away for a while since PITTI….

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Great to breathe some fresh air, great to see many unknown people…..great everything!

(Takeshi)

My recent trends…

As always on last several seasons, I was into some small stuff during preparations for upcoming show…

This time…

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These vintage Japanese matches from G.I. days…

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“ONBORO” means wrecked or tattered or weathered or something like that…

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Didn’t forget to reinforce work or industrial category…

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And, I have been feeling light” DECO” flavors….. yet some 50s flavor which can be adopted to work or industrial is also good…and Industrial stuff with deco or 50s influence is good as well…

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These are some examples….

(Takeshi)

07/14/2015

STRONGHOLD

As you may know, Stronghold….was not making only Charlie Chaplin’s striped overalls…

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….yet Western styled jacket….at least in the 30s.

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I mean “Western”, does not necessarily mean “cowboy”, but more precisely,  Left coaster.

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What separates this from LEVI’S or its clone is…..

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its distinctively ancient drop-shoulder pattern, and other rare antique details such as extra-high yoke, right-square wide spread collar…

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Hi, Steve!

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I love this shape and its placement….a genius was there.

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Can you see the faint trace of high-back overalls’ suspender?  Right, it is a workwear…

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They even have own rule for how to rivet its cinch-back…..so different.

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Surprisingly, I have this jacket from my Japan days….yes, I left Tokyo in 1987.

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Wow!  History!  (Takeshi)

06/22/2015

These Days…

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Sudden urge came up….felt like trucker jacket with shorts….. could be the first time in my life….

First,  tried with LEVI’S 70505 cords in my favorite Muscat….

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Here’s a darker one…

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For the blue denim….I grabbed Lee 101-J.

That was a surprise…..since it had been long absent due to its uneasy short length and baggy armholes…

But found out 101-J is especially good w/shorts when sleeves rolled up…..didn’t realize that till now.

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Bought a new pair of work boots……since when?…..I don’t even remember…

One morning I asked a guy at gas station who’s boots he’s wearing….he said it’s Carhart…

Carhart??

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Looks really plain…

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Yet, it’s got nice flared sole….mainly around heel area.

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Wears like sneakers….

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Felt like something wrong or?

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?

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Nice!

(Takeshi)

06/07/2015

Early Summer ‘15 Tokyo

I just got back from 2-1/2 wk trip from Tokyo.

Here are what I felt like wearing most this time…

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On cooler days, I frequently grabbed this SWEETBEAR in Navy French twill.

I especially liked its poly/cotton lightweight fabric….really ideal for the weather.

And, slight iridescence of Navy color shines nicely against strong sunlight….

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This is Engineers’ Jacket in very thin Japanese Indigo fabric…..from ‘14S/S I guess…was an ideal choice for warmer days….the fabric is really breathable…yet doesn’t look too thin.

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For hotter days…..I chose BDU-R….w/ sleeves rolled-up.

I used to do these roll-ups with vintage Jungle Jackets….but never felt like it’s me.

But in BDU-R, it came naturally…

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(Sort of sloppy) collars with no lining nor another ply….it’s easier, and cooler.

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Bellows right chest pocket works better with (1) buttoned (bellows side).

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Has bellows lower pockets as well….in opposite directions.

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These lower pockets work as it should when all (2) buttoned.

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Royal Traveler works as a bag when I wear just T-shirt…and I chose Olive Nylon Taffeta one most.

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For warmer days/nights, MENPOLINI SHORT in W-dyed Khaki cords (left).

Medium days, I picked this Green Tea-colored Vintage Calico MENPOLINI SHORT.

Then, MENPOLINI SHORT in Stone Supreme Twill for hotter, brighter days.

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I reinforced my TENUGUI (traditional Japanese cotton scarves) collection with these 3 from OHNOYA, Ginza.

(Takeshi)

05/25/2015

USN

Found some junk at our factory again….

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Found like this….

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USN???

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????

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Flip it over……maybe….

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it is ….

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Yes!

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You know that’s G-1’s wind flap!

Our late landlord owned leather factory…..made some government stuff as well as official police jackets and some of our leather stuff.

Amen…

(Takeshi)

Some chains…

Here’s some vintage chains I use daily.….besides necklaces and bracelets.

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That is…..Jean Ring (sort of ) + chain + key ring.

I change chain part according to my mood.

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chain (1)….nice Deco links

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chain (1) close-up

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chain (2) Looks somewhat industrial…

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chain (2) close-up

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chain (3) Looks like “chain-gang” chain…with some etchings.

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chain (3) close-up

These are all American, probably from 1920~50s.

(Takeshi)

Synthetic Fabric Shirt

You don’t see many synthetic fabric shirt today….

But in 60~70s…..

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This is a nylon surf shirt from HANGTEN from c.1970…..probably sold with board shorts as set-up.

My personal preference is nylon over polyester…..why? just feel better to me….I still like poly though.

United States was poly paradise since late 60s through a decade or so, but when I started living in NYC in late 80s, it was still not easy to find all-cotton socks, sweatshirt…..

Here’s ours….

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We have made some nylon shirts in the past…..and these are our current models.

It’s an interesting item under not- so-humid situation….say, like perforated suede….especially on summer nights.

(Takeshi)

05/17/2015

SWEETBEAR-W

I sort of rediscovering the merit of “W” stuff these days……since I started wearing our new Sweetbear-W.

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I don’t remember when I start making these “W” constructed stuff….probably “CRUZER-W” around 2007 0r so….for questing ultimate wrinkle….

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Well, it looks like the way supposed to be….  (Takeshi)

04/25/2015

Winterspring

So…my wardrobe in Japan ended up in transition status – winter to spring…

olive iridescent shirting BDU-R over olive nylon quilted POST 41-DV

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olive iridescent shirtingBDU-R over navy NAVY-CRUZ Vest

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black bedfordcord SWEETBEAR over black nylon quilted POST 41-DV

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black bedfordcord SWEETBEAR over navy NAVY-CRUZ Vest….our traditional favorite color combo!

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No.4/No.7/No.7 Five pocket in graduation bedfordcord colors

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dry cotton ripstop No.7, vintage LEVI’S 501

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My favorite sky from TOYOKO line.

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(Takeshi)

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