In collaboration with POW! WOW! Hawaii, the first project in the SAVE ART initiative features the work of Hawaiian muralist and artist Aaron Kai. As a private non-profit charity that promotes art through education, SAVE ART asked Kai to appropriate a vintage Herman Miller “Surfboard” table with his signature colorful “post-pop” wave motifs to create a piece that could be sold, from which all the proceeds will go to POW! WOW! Hawaii.
Watch the video above for the process of producing the piece, and head over here for more on the SAVE ART project.
visvim‘s ongoing F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer has championed an increased level of focus on artisanal construction and process including their newly unveiled LUNGTA B.D. L/S KOFU.
The button-up features a distinct patch motif that embodies some of visvim founder Hiroki Nakamura’s own personal interest in the artisanal approach to fabrication and of course the usage of indigo dyeing. The F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer LUNGTA B.D. L/S KOFU will be available at select retailers as well as online at visvim.
Following some of its most recent collaborative releases, Timberland teams up with renowned Japanese lifestyle and fashion label BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS to produce a special custom Premium 6″ Boot. Emphasizing simplicity, the boots retain a simple uncluttered design that uses a waterproof suede construction, padded collar and anti-fatigue footbed. Small select accents to the pair include golden round eyelets, tonal wheat color stitches, and a leather tag with the B&Y logo embossed.
Release is slated for select BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS outlets in Japan and Taiwan on November 14 and select Timberland Asian retailers on November 21.
POW! WOW! Taiwan and jewelry brand Imperial Taels enlisted street artist Hua Tunan for one hell of an epic mural, which is located nearby Taipei’s SOGO department store.
Drawing inspiration from classical Chinese imagery, the visually stunning piece displays two lions emblazoned in a mosaic wash of bold colors set in a gorgeous mountainous landscape. Signing off the three-way joint venture is a POW! WOW! Taiwan red seal stamped on the top left corner, while the right side bears the Imperial Taels seal with Hua Tunan’s personal signature in calligraphy sitting atop.
Tokyo-based interior store Mid-Century MODERN and fashion imprint N.HOOLYWOOD have teamed up for the first time since 2012 to release a capsule collection in celebration of the interior store’s 20th anniversary. The offering consists of a special edition of N.HOOLYWOOD’s “Under Summit Wear” series shirts, which has been a brand staple from the very beginning.
The pocket shirts are manufactured out of vintage “Six Stripe” fabric designed by Alexander Girard and come in a special amenities box. Priced at ¥10,000 JPY (approximately $92 USD) and ¥18,000 JPY (approximately $165 USD) respectively, the Mid-Century MODERN x N.HOOLYWOOD pieces are available now at the Mid-Century MODERN stores as well as on the commerce app Origami.
Japanese fashion label UNDERCOVER teams up with designer Justin Davis to release the limited edition Bear Necklace. The collaboration merges the most iconic motifs together from both brands as a pendant. UNDERCOVER founder Jun Takahashi brings back the plush bear that is a common theme seen as graphics on T-shirts and various products over the past years.
In contrast, Justin Davis’ top-selling item is the Mystic Crown necklace that is inspired by rock and roll and an obsession with royalty. The adorable necklace features the stylized plush bear holding onto the Mystic Crown, available in two versions and two colorways. The plain version comes in silver or black, launching on November 23, while the shiny stone-paved version comes in clear or black and will launch on December 1.
The UNDERCOVER × Justin Davis Bear Necklace will be available at Justin Davis retailers worldwide.
Japanese design firm Takeshi Hosaka Architects unveils the Byoubugaura House in Yokohama, Japan. Situated in a modest exterior area surrounded by neighboring homes and buildings, the house takes advantage of vertical engineering, utilizing a trifecta of floors connected with an intricate spiraling staircase. The interior highlights a contemporary combination of light wood and steel, while curved design flooring mimics the hillside landscape and adds to the modern aesthetic.
Enjoy select visuals of the Byoubugaura House and head over here for more works by Takeshi Hosaka Architects.
Following a brief stop in Taiwan, Timberland and its Asia Pacific Mark Makers campaign heads West to China where Jiawei offers a local’s perspective of the nation’s capital. When not hosting OST — his radio show devoted to film and film soundtracks — the DJ and Beijing native likes to let off steam by visiting the city’s hutongs otherwise known as traditional neighborhoods that help the city retain a timeless character.
This appreciation for classic aesthetics is likewise preserved with Jiawei’s style as his Skye Peak lambskin leather jacket, Clarendon River Plaid Shirt and Red Hill River Cardigan are paired with the city street-ready Classic 6″ Premium Boot, Zip Top and Roll Top. Together the outfit references a timeless style which retains the unbeatable attention to quality that Timberland has stood by.
Stay tuned for more news from the campaign and be sure to follow it through #MarkMakers and #InMyElement. For more on the Asia Pacific Mark Makers, check out Elmo from Taiwan and stay tuned for the final stop on Timberland’s tour of the region with Washizu from Tokyo.
Joyce Boutique presents its latest collection for the 2014 fall/winter season, contrasting bright prints and knits with the atmospheric confines of a derelict building complex. This season’s curated selection includes Dries Van Noten with a show of technical, contrasting materials, the reinterpreted and deconstructed classics of Sacai, and Thom Browne‘s exaggerated, voluminous silhouettes.
Korean designer Juun.J makes a repeat appearance exhibiting his collaboration with American artist Josh Luke to created a series of pieces that utilize bold, oversized typography in a fashion inspired by mid-century American billboard signage.
Look for these pieces at the boutique’s Hong Kong location in the Central shopping district.