"They call you the ‘Japanese Italian’. Do you consider that a compliment, that people compare you to the most elegant nation in the world?"
"In Italy many people have a strong sense of beauty. However, it is the Italians that I met personally that I am most enamored with. While the chairman of Loro Piana and the chairman of Tod’s are Italians, they are what I prefer to call ‘earthians’. They have a global style. And that’s why I’m interested in such big personalities."
Yoshimasa Hoshiba with Diego Della Valle of Tods
Gloryguy.jp always strong.
Warm textures for fall — An outfit for when it’s slightly chilly in the country or around town on the weekends. Wide-wale corduroy trousers from Incotex in a cotton-cashmere blend that’s both warm and plush to the touch. A knitted grey cashmere shawl collar sweater from Di Maestro that stands up well around the neck and features unique stitching along the top of the sleeve. Underneath, a checked cotton shirt from Luciano Barbera and a slubby raw silk necktie from Breuer. On top, we’ve layered a brown lambskin vest from Di Bello that’s down filled and fastens with horn buttons. And, finally, the Belgravia tassel loafers from Edward Green.
Nicely detailed double breasted jacket by Japanese designer Mitsuru Strano
GQ Japan’s 8 modernist looks for Fall 2014
Styled by Naoki Ikeda
The outfits 3rd (minus the pocket square detail on the outerwear) and 6th from the left are my favourites. To be honest, anything involving Mackintosh outerwear quickly harnesses my attention.
Japanese casualwear brand JOURNAL STANDARD makes frequent appearances in this feature, with due exposure given over to their Aqualinc and Trisect sub-labels. Notoriously difficult to find overseas.
For those big into the directional styling of sportswear brands like Club Monaco and Gant Rugger, this stuff is going to be pure crack cocaine. Click through the link for a detailed breakdown of the featured brands and individual outfits. Hopefully, your Kanji game is stronger than mine.
STYLE | ETERNITY
BASTONG @ Pitti Uomo 84
Few collection from Florence still left to share. As said earlier one of the best things and feelings going around the fair is seeing new collections and especially the opportunity to find new brands you haven’t covered before.
This time maybe my favorite find took until the last day of the week as I was going through the “Touch” section and more casual types of brands & clothing and bumped into South Korean label Bastong.
Long lasting outerwear
Bastong, as mentioned is a South Korean company, dedicated to making the perfect outerwear with a philosophy that “Regardless of genre, ‘anything that’s well made does work”.
The selection of the brand is still very small (including basically 5 different jackets to be delivered at the moment; “strong”, “casanova”, “warrior”, “pioneer” and “balance” and 2 more in the process to be finished) and each piece is developed over and over with the intention of improving the construction and fit of every garment.
With materials from the UK & Korea and hardware from Japan finished with care and laborious handmade elements Bastong is creating unique and soulful products.
Definitely a brand to keep on your radar.
Featherweight, but without the feathers — Our entire line of Luciano Barbera outerwear vests this fall season feature down insulation. It’s a common misconception that down feathers are the same as flight feathers on birds. Instead, down is an insulation feather resembling more of a cottonball than a quill. They trap air and are ultralightweight. As far as performance goes, man-made materials have yet to match them.
If it’s good enough to keep birds warm in the cold, then it’s a great addition in nylon or flannel vests. This particular one features donegal tweed and suede trim with interior and exterior pockets. Layer it under or over a sport coat and stay as cozy as a bird in its nest.