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Avant-garde Japanese label Julius unveils its SS17 collection, which was inspired by the work of Birmingham techno producer Regis and his Downwards Records imprint. A pioneer of what came to be known as “the Birmingham Sound,” Regis blended Chicago house with darker, more industrial sounds from Europe, forging a distinct sound that played a huge role in shaping techno in the ’90s.

Julius designer Tatsuro Horikawa channels the spirit of Downwards Records via a dark, brooding collection that plays with hard textures and mysterious slogans. British Murder Boys, one of Regis’s projects, is branded onto sleeveless hoodies, while “I enjoy luxury” (a line from Sandra Electronics’ “Her Needs”) is placed on heavy, industrial-style belts. The collection is snapped in a suitably gloomy setting by Highsnobiety-approved photographer Adam Katz Sinding, aka @le21eme.

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Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin