FEATURE SHOP

THE H.W.DOG&CO.

H.W.DOG & co. is a hat brand that receives inspiration from vintage products made by skilled craftsmen and cannot be mass-produced, such as items from the early 20th century, functional military items from the 1940-1960s, and workwear worn by European laborers. Their items, made with the detailed skills of professional Japanese craftsmen, are not simply reproduced but place an importance on the background of its original counterpart while incorporating modern techniques to create a high quality finished product.

SHINKI HIKAKU 新喜皮革

Shinki-Hikaku (formerly known as Nitta Shoten) was established in 1951 as a leather product factory specializing in horsehide. In 1975 the company began producing cordovan leather. Today, they have become known throughout the world as one of the few tanners who create vegetable tanned cordovan leather. Their carefully selected tanner horsehide and cordovan leather is used to make a wide range of items, from leather jackets to leather accessories. They continue to represent Japan as one of the industry’s leading tanners, supplying their high quality leathers to all corners of the world.

Dapper’s

Dapper’s was established in 2007, and this year marks its 10th anniversary. Making items based on styles from the 1920-1940s through a “vintage lover’s” filter, the brand has gained an immense following. The brand’s concept is not to create “replica” items, but rather utilize the knowledge and experience of their designers to create items with “designs that may have existed in certain past generations”. Their attention to detail, from the selection of their fabrics to their sizing, has received high acclaim.

THE GROOVIN HIGH

Owner and designer Pablo Riki has long been a fan of American music from the 1920-1950s. As an avid fan of the music produced by black musicians, the influences he received from music inspired him to begin a career in fashion. He launched his brand as a way to instill music into fashion, and his idea of fashion being a part of entertainment and culture resonate deeply with the brand’s fans.

ETERNAL

ETERNAL was established in 1997, with their headquarters based in Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture, also considered the mecca of Japanese denim. With a concept of “never compromising on the quality of the fabrics, stitching, and processing”, the brand features a lineup primarily made of denim products. Known for their high level techniques of creating distressed denim and creating perfect reproduction models, the high level of craftsmanship is on full display in their wide range of products. Their products, which are a real-life embodiment of their brand concept, has become widely recognized throughout the world.

VASCO

Based on the concept of creating “traveling tools”, vasco produces heavy-duty bags and leather accessories. Their products are all made in a small studio hidden in a quiet neighborhood off the popular vintage area of Koenji. Everything from the creating of patterns, stitching, and finishing are completed by a single skilled craftsman who is extremely knowledgeable in working with leather. By incorporating unique nuances and details into their products, the brand continues to provide their fans throughout the world with high quality items.

parley

Established in 1985, parley is a leather product brand that produces all of their items in their own personal studio. Primarily using thick elk leather, their lineup consists of handmade leather products that can be used in daily life. Without being swayed by new trends, parley continues to make items through their own unique and innovative ideas. Using only leather from animals cultivated for eating, they not only have soft textures but also age beautifully the longer they are used.

Old hands

At this AW season they have started launching their brand that is inspired by the European workwear, they provide their lineup with basic items, such as shirts, chino trousers, and their authentic denim pants, so that they express their own stylish specific brand’s world. With their color shirts inspired by ‘50s design there would identify their original roughness, hard sizing, at the same time they have been produced with high quality materials. Furthermore they provide Wabash work jacket with tight fitting in a modern style to provide their style brand with high quality and fineness.

HAECKELS

Haeckels is a natural fragrance and skincare brand from the UK. The brand was founded in the coastal town of Margate of Kent, England in 2012 by Dom Bridges, an avid lover of the ocean. In order to create the simple yet handmade daily skincare products, which are all made from natural ingredients found along the coastline, and to help develop the town of Margate, Cliff Top Lab was established as a site to produce and develop their products. In today’s age where the world is working together to protect the valued marine environments, Haeckels’ products can make you understand the importance of its natural and high quality manufacturing processes.

Rolling dub trio

Rolling dub Trio is a boot brand that was created by designer Masaya Tokunaga in 2007. After becoming interested in shoe making while in university, he began teaching himself the craft. His boots, which are made with his personal motto of “without creativity and the ability to think about the person wearing the shoes, high quality shoes cannot be created”, are designed to fit the feet shapes of Japanese people and have been applauded for their extreme comfort. After doing extensive research on the weak points of boots, he has carefully selected everything from the materials, original molds, and designs to create the perfect pair. One of the main aspects of the Rolling dub Trio’s boots is their trademark “Made in Japan” quality.

Dapper's

Dapper’s was established in 2007, and this year marks its 10th anniversary. Making items based on styles from the 1920-1940s through a “vintage lover’s” filter, the brand has gained an immense following. The brand’s concept is not to create “replica” items, but rather utilize the knowledge and experience of their designers to create items with “designs that may have existed in certain past generations”. Their attention to detail, from the selection of their fabrics to their sizing, has received high acclaim.

AND SOX

High quality socks manufactured in the historical city of Nara in Japan. Each of the manufacturing processes is handled by a specialized craftsman. One craftsman twists the three-ply yarn into a single yarn, another weaves the yarn into the shape of the socks, another applies the grip, while another shapes the socks to create its final design. ANDSOX’s socks are made with unique shapes, and their obsession with not just the design, but the materials, quality, and weaving techniques create a final product that is extremely comfortable to the feet. Their original grip enables the socks to fit perfectly with the shoes, and the brand’s extensive research and “Made in Japan” quality helps to create the ultimate luxury in socks.

BELLWOOD MADE MFG CO.

From his childhood days until now, the designer of BELLWOODMADE MFG CO. has used his inspirations from music, friends, and street culture to create functional bags and accessories. Every item released was created from scratch by the designer himself, from creating the patterns, stitching, printing, and even creating the package design included with the products. His commitment to creating functional beauty can be seen in each and every one of the brand’s items.

OLD CROW

In addition to maintaining and designing hot rods and American racing cars, Bobby Green also operates countless restaurants and bars. He is also one of the main organizers of the vintage race event, “The Race of Gentlemen”, and operates the “OD CROW SPEED SHOP”, his own private garage. Extremely well versed in vintage American culture, he launched his own brand, “OLD CROW”, coming up with the idea after talking to Mr. Kouda of GLADHAND about wanting to produce the same style of clothing that he wears everyday. OLD CROW will debut during the 2017 spring and summer season.

ARCH∧BES

ARCH∧BES combines the words “Archive”, which means a place to store something in, and “Bespoke”, which means making something to order. Based on vintage archives, their products are reconstructed to incorporate even the slightest details of classic designs. However, their products are not simply reproductions, but feature simple modern silhouettes and fits while combining authentic vintage details.

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