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!

Reveal your inner fashion samurai with traditional clothes for the modern world

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RocketNews 24 (by KK Miller):

For their 10th anniversary, Wazigen Shizukuya is providing gorgeous modern hakama and yukata styles for all the men.

Hakama, yukata and kimono may be the traditional clothing of Japan, but there’s no reason that you can’t wear and enjoy them every day. Wazigen Shizukuya opened its doors in 2005 with the goal of combining original, innovative styles with traditional Japanese men’s clothing for the modern world. Whether it is a casual weekend outfit, something to wear to work or clothes for a formal occasion, Shizukuya has just the look for you.

Since this year marks their 10th anniversary, they are offering a limited special collection of hakama and yukata arranged in 10 beautiful and striking styles. Even on mannequins, the outfits display a classy, timeless appeal that anyone could envision themselves wearing next Monday morning.

▼Style 1 : Leather Hakama, “Godzilla Leather”. These pants look just like the kaiju’s skin.

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▼ Leather Hakama, “Orochi Leather”. An outfit you just can’t look away from, either out of fear or because it’s so gaudy.

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▼ Style 2: Feel the Wind, Tayori”. This sytle is simple, refined and elegant and all wrapped in a garment light enough to feel the wind and the sun.

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▼ Feel the Wind, “Kairoh”. The mix of various geometric shapes, colors and paisley designs give the impression of the Silk Road.

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▼ Feel the Wind, “Kage E”. The vivid green undershirt paired with the see-thru black shirt evokes memories of kage-e or “shadow pictures”.

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▼ Style 3: Yukata, “Nazca”. Decorated with ancient Peru drawings, this yukata is a brilliant mix of ancient times with simplicity and elegance.

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▼ Yukata, “Asura”. The silhouette of the powerful demigod is a bold feature on this simple, two-toned yukata.

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▼ Style 4: Openwork Mantle, “Kaiko”. The colors and weave create the impression of a silkworm emerging from its cocoon.

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▼ Openwork Mantle, “Kaheroh”. This piece is designed after mayflies and their brief and fleeting lives.

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▼ Openwork Mantle, “Hotaru”. This is the manliest of the mantles and would look dashing with Japanese wear or a Western suit.

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▼ Style 5: Casino Royale, “Specter”. Perfect for those long fall nights, it has patterns straight out of the beginning of a James Bond movie.

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▼ Casino Royale, “Beautiful Targets”. The countless pure white threads and argyle patterned pants accentuate this gorgeous outfit.

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▼ Casino Royale, “For Your Eyes Only”. The contrast of bold red and brown leaves a passionate impression.

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▼ Casino Royale, “Never Say Never Again”. The showy yet tasteful arrangement of colors creates a look that says “license to kill”.

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▼ Style 6: Wazi-Hasode, “Tomorrow Never Die”. An extension to  the 5th style of clothing, this look will guarantee you have everyone’s attention no matter where you are. Perhaps it’s not a great spy outfit…

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▼ Wazi-Hasode, “Erased License”. Whether paired with hakama or a suit, people won’t be able to keep their eyes off you.

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Wazigen Shizukuya promises to reveal four more styles before the end of the year, but judging by what they’ve come up with so far, their new outfits are going to pair sophistication with traditional clothing in a fine, stylish design. For those of you who know nothing about traditional Japanese clothing, why not just let Wazigen Shizukuya choose your next outfit? You’ll quickly be known as the “samurai” of your group of friends when you start dressing in these fantastic options.

Source: Japaaan Magazine

atmos (Japan) x Timberland 6″ Boot “Camo”

This fall Tokyo-based atmos is taking on Timberland’s most iconic piece of footwear, customizing the beloved 6″ Boot for a limited edition release. Keeping the boot’s iconic “Wheat” look intact, atmos’ take on the Timbs sees the boot with a camouflage collar in place of the usual quilted leather.

Timberland fans and camouflage lovers alike can expect these to be available in-store and online November 14 for ¥25,000 JPY (approximately $203 USD).

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

Y-3 2015 Fall/Winter Kohna “Black”

Y-3 releases the flexible and lightweight Kohna silhouette in a black/round red colorway on a mixed construction of textile, suede and leather. The Kohna “Black” is a low-top sneaker that has an all-black upper fashioned from plush, breathable Neoprene, and features a suede heel patch and tab, a leather trim on the tongue, black rounded laces, a black and white split outsole, and textile lining and insole. A black and white patterned leather patch is stitched on the heel counter and bright red accents are found on the heel tab and outsole.

The model also comes with two sets of laces and dust bags. You can purchase the Y-3 Kohna “Black” now at Très Bien for approximately $276 USD.

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloIst. (Japan) 2016 Spring/Summer Lookbook