if you’re a Kinfolk follower then you might already know about their new venture that was announced yesterday – Ouur. Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams was kind enough to send me some information on their new collective brand; which offers a seasonal line of apparel, publications (incl Kinfolk) and home goods. i also got a peek at the AW14 Ouur Collection. the line is influenced by Scandinavian & Japanese cultures, both of which consistently focus on simplicity in design, and have placed high value on doing more with less.
thanks to Tomboy Style for introducing me to South2 West8, a Japanese line of classic outdoor sportswear and accessories. their bags are, interestingly enough, produced in the USA – and take influence from heavy duty outdoor bags, particularly those manufactured in the 70s & 80s (Filson came to mind). you can shop their entire range online, in the US from Maas & Stacks and Inventory and in the UK from Couverture & The Garbstore and The Bureau Belfast.
while i work on the next holiday gift guide i thought i’d show you this cool Japanese (of course) retailer Ambidex that stocks a multitude of amazing Japanese made brands that i have never heard of. such cool clothes that range from the cute to the utilitarian to that perfectly simple, classic Japanese cut. unfortunately they do not ship internationally, but perhaps you have a friend in Japan or are planning a trip soon – in which case, go forth!
it’s times like these when i wish i had millions in the bank so that i could collect art like a serious person. kamisaka sekka was a japanese artist who combined facets of western art & craftsmanship with traditional japanese (rimpa) painting. you can purchase some of his work at japan print gallery.
love the goods from fog linen work
Yumiko Sekine started her first business in 1993 importing used books and house ware from Europe and America to Japan. In her search for more products, she could not find affordable every day linens that she had used during her childhood. She visited Lithuania, a country that grows flax, whose fibers are spun into linen, and has been producing and exporting linen productsto other European countries since the Middle Ages. This led her to contact several linen producers and started to have them produce her own product designs in Lithuania. Her first collection started with only seven items. Now after ten years, Fog Linen Work produces a large line of linen products for the home and linen clothing. Its products are leading and defining the natural life style trend in Japan today.
wonderful work by japanese graphic artist kmr.img
bumper fashion special #12! i have to tell you, you’re in for a treat today. went a bit overboard with the bumper fashion special, as i discovered this Japanese site called Eruca. i really don’t know what the hell is going on there, but i managed to browse my way through hundreds of items, tons of designers (some international, some Japanese) – just… the most amazing selection ever. wowee! in my excitement i didn’t actually take note of who designed which pieces – so you’re just going to have to go on over there & have a looksee yourself.