Mr Porter's Japan Edit: Exclusive designs from Wacko Maria x Fragment, Blackmeans, Human Made, and more Japanese brands
For its 2019 Japan Edit, menswear e-commerce kingpin Mr Porter has assembled an impressive array of exclusive pieces from 15 taste-making Japanese brands; each brings its unique voice to the table, but collectively offers a fascinating insight into the breadth and esotericism of Japan's contemporary fashion scene. Below, an edit of our favourite mini-collections from Mr Porter's Japan Edit — click through and shop to your heart's content (or credit limit, whichever gets exhausted first, lol).
Takahiro Miyashita's Americana-meets-music obsession is neatly distilled into three rockstar-friendly patterns; stars 'n' stripes (constructed from authentic, vintage American flags), lumberjack plaid — and leopard print.
The in-house label of retailer Nepenthe, Needles has attracted quite the following of late, most conspicuously with A$AP Rocky. The brand's glitter-trimmed tracksuits for the Japan Edit augur the full-blown 2000s revival to come, while its Rebuild specialty line collages pre-existing garments to brilliantly grungy effect.
Wacko Maria's contribution to the Japan Edit includes a music-inspired collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara's Fragment. Hawaiian shirts and a collarless, kimono-esque number are particularly festival-appropriate, bringing the collection full circle.
Multi-hyphenate and Bape founder Nigo's secondary label is driven by a nostalgia for mid-century American workwear, accounting for the retro look of Human Made's original graphics.
Punk and biker subcultures collide in Blackmeans's painstakingly hand-embellished and broken-in designs, which, by virtue of their laborious, traditionally Japanese manufacture, are prime examples of slow fashion.
Flagstuff's signature blend of logos, manga imagery, and abstracted Japanese motifs command full attention when printed on monochrome and lilac streetwear staples.
For the Japan Edit, this heritage sportswear brand put the spotlight on two of its performance models — the Wave Prophecy 9 and the Wave Creation Knit — obscuring the increasingly blurry line between fashion and athletic sneakers.
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