Carry your laptop inside your clothes with the new “Packable Parka” from Japan

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Leave your bag at home and fill up the pockets of this denim hoodie with all your tech instead.

These days, cafes around the world are filled with people plugged into the online realm, typing on their laptops and scrolling through pages of information on their mobile phones. While the portability of notebooks and laptops makes it easier than ever to work online outside of the home, there’s been little advancement in the ways to carry our tech goods when heading out around town. In Japan, there’s a group that’s working towards an alternative to the humble bag, and they’ve come up with an innovative parka that has all the room and durability needed to let us say goodbye to PC bags forever!

▼ The “Packable Parka” is designed for laptop storage, with a main zippered section on the front that includes smaller pockets inside to keep all sorts of stationery and equipment firmly in place.

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While the clothing is ready to be worn and filled up to go, the parka can also be folded up into a bag for times when it’s not being worn, allowing users to revert to the traditional bag-style carrying method at any time. To see how the product transforms from bag to parka, check out the short video below:

The Packable Parka design is also being used for a number of other garments designed to hold lighter materials like stationery and notebooks. To see all the designs in the range, check out the group’s campaign page on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake.

Their idea to combine storage with clothing is proving to be so popular, they’ve already surpassed their funding goal of 500,000 yen (US$4898) with 24 days remaining on their project!

Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony 2015 Fall/Winter Collection

Actress and model of the moment Kiko Mizuhara is proving to have quite the staying power in the eyes of Opening Ceremony, unveiling her sixth collaboration with the brand since 2013. Having drawn inspiration from saccharine ’60s-era tennis styles in her previous collaboration, Mizuhara goes for a more demure, grown-up look in this latest collection, albeit disguising an undercurrent of rebelliousness and sex appeal that has become so characteristic of the model.

Check out the video of the lookbook shoot featuring Mizuhara above, and find the entire collection for purchase online here.

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XLARGE® (Japan) x SUPER MARIO BROS. 2015 Summer Capsule Collection

Streetwear mainstay XLARGE® joins forces with the SUPER MARIO BROS. franchise once again, for a capsule offering of dual-branded summer essentials. The collection is comprised of graphic tees, short sleeved button-ups, headwear and athletic shorts, embellished with 8-bit motifs from the SUPER MARIO BROS. Nintendo game.

Set to drop on July 25, purchase the capsule collection at select XLARGE® locations. If you haven’t already, check out the previous collaboration here.

SASQUATCHfabrix. (Japan) 2015 Fall/Winter Lookbook

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Vans announces Limited Edition Vault by Vans collection with Takashi Murakami

Having already teamed up with the likes of TWOTHIRDS, Sneakersnstuff and Taka Hayashi earlier in the year, Vans has announced a new forthcoming collaborative effort with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

Known for his vibrant anime-inspired artworks that often incorporate motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture, Murakami’s personal liking for wearing Vans’ classic Slip-On during work helped bring about this partnership, which will see a premium range of limited edition footwear, apparel and skate decks released in late June.

For more information on this collaboration, pick up the latest issue of the HYPEBEAST Magazine, in which certain details of this upcoming collection were revealed.

DENIM BY VANQUISH & FRAGMENT (Japan) 2015 Summer Jeans Pack

Following the release of a tote bag constructed with patchwork denim, the collaborative DENIM BY VANQUISH & FRAGMENT line returns with two new jeans for the 2015 summer season. Both featuring a wide, straight leg traditional silhouette, the one of the left is dubbed the “Three Years Wash” while the other is given the “One Year Wash” treatment.

Retailing for ¥35,000 JPY (approximately $279 USD) and ¥26,000 JPY (approximately $207 USD) respectively, this pack can be purchased now at participating DENIM BY VANQUISH & FRAGMENT stockists.

Hiroshi Fujiwara to open the POOL shinjuku

Just over a year after unveiling his POOL concept retail door in Aoyama, Hiroshi Fujiwara is preparing to extend the franchise with a new location in Shinjuku. Over the course of its existence, the POOL aoyama did well to set a precedent of innovation and excellence, creating truly rare installation experiences such as a White Mountaineering collaborative pop-up and vintage streetwear trunk show.

Perhaps in the temporary spirit of the store though, Fujiwara recently announced that the store will shutter its doors in April 2016. The announcement of the POOL shinjuku, then, represents the second phase of the idea, although for a much shorter period. Running from June 17 through June 22, the Shinjuku location will be located in the heart of Tokyo at the Shinjuku Store Main Building.

Be sure to check back here for a look inside the store as we near the launch date.

Uniqlo (Japan) 2015 Fall/Winter Lookbook