To us Europeans, there is something intriguing and beguiling about Japan, its people and their customs. The ability to apply focus to one specific area has led to some incredible craftsmanship and unrivalled attention to detail. This pursuit of excellence has meant huge leaps forward in technology and industry but, on the flip side, it has resulted in bizarre creations such as the Lonely Man Pillow.
Another area where the Japanese excel is clothing and two of the most recent labels to arrive in store, orSlow and Nanamica, are perfect examples of this. Both have different styles and ways of approaching design, but at the root of each brand is a commitment to quality and heritage. Below we have picked out some of our favourite pieces of the season and styled them for looks that we think represent modern Japanese style at its best.
The clothing from orSlow has its influences ranging from workwear to classic Americana and the military. For us this certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to design references. Add to this Japanese construction and you have a collection of clothes that have got us very excited here at Peggs & son.
Designer Ichiro Nakatsu is one serious denim hoarder with his collection featuring incredibly rare and vintage pieces from America, Europe and Japan. The influences from this collection really show in the clothing, especially in the denim and legwear. The vintage shapes of Levi’s can be seen but with an ever so slight modern twist. Add to this impeccable fabric quality and you have denim suitable for even the most discerning of selvedge connoisseurs.
Nanamica, Edwin, Porter Yoshida and Buzz Rickson’s
When it comes to Japanese style, it would be hard to ignore the clothing and accessories of fellow compatriots Porter, Nanamica, Buzz Rickson’s and Edwin. With these three brands quality in construction and material choice is what really sets them apart from the crowd.
Porter bags are durable, robust and have an undeniable look. The jackets and coats from Nanamica take classic shapes and cuts and rework them with modern materials and fabrics. Buzz Rickson’s are a label obsessed with the US military and recreate some of the most iconic styles from the past 70 years. Edwin’s jeans uses all the best elements of iconic Levi’s and Lee models and elevates them to new levels thanks to the premium denim that has been crafted on vintage looms.