Nothing exudes classic American workwear more than the Detroit City auto industry during the turn of the century. From the creative brain trust between designer Dr. Romanelli and Japan’s Anachronorm comes a capsule project that pays homage to such traditional aesthetics. The Japanese brand utilizes its superior talent for reproducing intricate remakes as seen in these casually re-appropriated cut and sew pieces. The Detroit Steel Works collection is now available via Haven.
Collecting pens and pencils may seem like an odd sub-culture, but one look at the recent release fro, Craft Design Technology, and you may just be allured by the charm. This Japanese stationary company has a knack with simplification and design and now its within your finger tips. Craft Design Technology is being sold in the states and these writing instruments range from a mere $3 for an eraser to $120 for a buttery soft pencil/pen bag.
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Upper Playground takes it back to the g-funk era with the release of their “PURRRRfect Locs” sunglasses. Deriving aesthetics made popular during the reign of Dr. Dre in the 90′s, the wrap-around black frames are handcrafted in Argentina and feature minimal branding on both temples; complementing such frames are high-quality CR-39 lenses. Pick up your pair at Upper Playground’s online store which come packaged in a patterned polyester bag and card-stock box.
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Suunto‘s flagship watch is the Elementum Terra, which arrives with all the bells and whistles any outdoor enthusiast would appreciate. The Elemtum is a computerized timepiece that measures altitude, comes with a barometer, and equipped with a compass. The watch case is 316L corrosion-resistant steel, and it has just been released in an ultra stealthy all-black color. The All Black version of the Elementum Terra will also offer a unique negative display; perfect for those who take their black ops seriously.
The Man of Steel appears to have landed on another medium other than the ubiquitous comic book. DC Comics lends the image of its superhero to Converse for a duo of Chuck Taylor All-Stars; the shoes derive many aesthetics from the Kryptonian such as the familiar colorway and namesake on the tongue. The predominantly blue version is composed of a canvas upper and features an interior comic panel lining, while the tri-colored version sees a splattering of colors and iconic imagery. Available at select Converse retailers including Size?.
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Los Angeles based Hall of Fame is releasing the second part of their Spring delivery this week and the headwear conniseurs has gone back to an old favorite. Teaming up with Mitchell & Ness the team over at Hall of Fame is flipping the script on three notable NBA teams. The Lakers, Miami, and Cavaliers’ logo are flipped upside down on the snapback baseball cap. Look for the hat to be sold at Hall of Fame as well as stores across the country that carry the Hall of Fame line of hats and apparel.
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mastermind JAPAN is moving beyond apparel and accessories as it transitions to being a lifestyle brand. First along its stop is a collaboration with Deica, a perfume and candle brand. Deica and Mastermind will come together to create a spray to be used inside the home. Look for this room spray to come with a custom mastermind JAPAN packaging and to be available on mastermind JAPAN stockists shelves.
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With previous timewear collaborations with G-Shock XLarge is expanding its horizon and teams up with FreeStyle. The watchmaker and clothing brand are customizing a Killer Shark Watch. Using bright retro 80′s colors the watch has an old-school surf look. The watch is co-branded and should be arriving in stores just in time for Summer.
While The North Face in the US work on tonal colors The North Face Purple Label in Japan work on another playing field. The latest to drop is a Mountain Wind Parka that uses a wild African motif. The parka is lightweight, waterproof, and comes with an adjustable hood. This bright and bold mountain parka is a Japan exclusive and is available in stores now.
This latest eyewear collaboration is a bit odd with both Oliver Peoples and Poker Face of Japan being premier eyewear makers, but they two brands are aligning to create the Sanson collection. Oliver Peoples will create a lineup of high-concept and exceptional quality glasses with Poker Face. Look for many other brands to be invited to collaborate with Poker Face.