Over the last two decades brands such as BAPE, NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS have emerged from Tokyo’s Harajuku street fashion scene, significantly shaping our perception of Japan as a nation that excels in fashion. Thanks to the proliferation of the Internet, these brands, which were once known to only a small group of people outside of Japan, are now widely recognized, appreciated and accordingly coveted. Paying homage to the country’s unique fashion scene, we rounded up pieces from some of our favorite brands in the latest installment of The Weekly Outfit. See them after the jump.
Deluxe – Texaco Jacket
Similar to most of his Japanese designer peers, Deluxe‘s Hideke “Hue” Himora sources inspiration predominantly from vintage American fashion. The Texaco jacket pictured above is a straightforward military-inspired piece – the perfect companion on your day-to-day battles. Get it at Saint Alfred.
WTAPS – Fidel Shirt
Speaking of military-inspired pieces, there is definitely no way around Tetsu Nishiyama and his brand WTAPS. His penchant for military garb and workwear is accordingly translated into versatile and understated yet stylish staples such as the above Fidel shirt. You can get a hold of it at HAVEN.
Head Porter Plus – Line Belt
NEIGHBORHOOD – Kendall Narrow Pant
Established by Shinsuke Takizawa in 1994, NEIGHBORHOOD was born out of Tokyo’s hardcore motorcycle community. The Harajuku-based brand used to follow a more badass approach, but today also includes classic staples such as the above chinos. Get them at Apartment.
SOPHNET. x visvim – Fabro VD
visvim and SOPHNET. teamed up to work on this exceptional take on the classic loafer. A premium calf leather upper is placed on top of a chunky vulcanized sneaker sole, making for an amazing shoe that blends the best of two worlds. You can get a pair now at End Clothing.
visvim – Ballistic 20l Backpack
Best known for his vintage Americana-inspired collections, visvim‘s Hiroki Nakamura actually started out in the action sports industry. Having honed his skills at Burton Snowboards, the man definitely knows two or three things about making hard-wearing quality luggage. Get the above backpack at Union Los Angeles.