UNITED ARROWS & SONS (Japan) x adidas Originals ZX Flux “Indigo”

Japanese style purveyor UNITED ARROWS & SONS join forces with adidas Originals once again for a collaborative take on the ZX Flux running shoe. This time around, the two have reworked the simplistic runner with a traditional Japanese indigo dying-inspired gradient colorway.

The unique hue is based on the natural indigo dyed fabric produced by the Miyazaki-based Aulico workshop, which was then printed along the upper of the sneaker. A metallic blue heel cage and dark blue coloration for the Three Stripes and laces round out the design for the upper.

Priced at ¥14,040 JPY (approximately $118 USD) the UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals ZX Flux “Indigo” will be available for purchase at UNITED ARROWS locations in early May.

KITH presents The Sakura Project

Following a brief teaser last week, KITH has taken the wraps off of its Tokyo-bound endeavor. Building on the success of pop-up shops in the likes of Miami, Paris, Sao Paolo and Los Angeles, the Sakura Project sees the New York-based KITH crew heading to the Far East to open an installation in the Japanese capital to coincide with both Tokyo Fashion Week and the Sakura Blossom Festival.

Designed in partnership with architecture firm Bang3, the experiential retail space will be home to collaborative product from the likes of PUMA and John Elliot + Co and draws on the ephemeral nature of sakura with a cloud-like aesthetic created by textured wall gradations, reflectivity and a dreamy custom-designed motif.

Stay tuned for a full look at the project and look for KITH’s Tokyo pop-up to be open within UNITED ARROWS & SONSShibuya flagship from March 20 through March 22.

KITH Tokyo Pop-Up Shop
UNITED ARROWS & SONS
3-28-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan

UNITED ARROWS & SONS (Japan) x adidas Originals “Premium Experience” Collection

UNITED ARROWS & SONS joins adidas Originals to produce a new 2015 collection entitled “Premium Experience.” Consisting of a tailored blazer, premium collared shirts, rugby shorts, a set of clutch bags, techfit socks, rugby shirts, and headwear, the collaborative collection combines premium Japanese apparel and tailoring with sport-inspired aesthetics and tech inspirations. Exemplifying adidas’ continuing foray into premium apparel, the selection highlights a refined and minimal aesthetic, emphasizing the exceptional quality of construction.

The UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals “Premium Experience” collection is available now at adidas Originals online store.

A Closer Look at the UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals Master

UNITED ARROWS & SONS (Japan) x adidas Originals Master

Originally released back in the 1970s, the adidas Originals Master — essentially a gramps-approved take on Stan Smith‘s signature tennis kicks — makes a return for 2015 thanks to a brand new collaboration between the German sportswear giant and Japan’s UNITED ARROWS & SONS. Coupling a premium white leather upper with matching Velcro straps, the clean design features a co-branded footbed and contrasting beige accents throughout.

Currently available for pre-order via UNITED ARROWS & SONS’ own web shop, the collaborative Master is due out this Saturday, January 10 for ¥20,000 JPY (approximately $167 USD).

Perspective by Chris Stamp: High Street’s Impact on Modern Japanese Style with POGGY


 

One of your most well-known traits has been your flawless ability to combine elements of street and luxury fashion. How do you think the movement of the high-street market is currently affecting both the U.S. and Asian fashion landscape?

The Japanese market used to be quick to combine those two elements, but it’s becoming less frequent. Between 2006 and 2010, I was the director at Liquor, Woman & Tears. It was a shop that combined Fendi, MCM, Jacob & Co. with Supreme, PHENOMENON, Benjamin Bixby by Andre 3000 among others so this concept has always been something I’ve really embraced. But the division between street fashion and runway shows is still there in Japan. The country has traditionally been focused on rock music and despite the booming popularity of hip-hop, it hasn’t really made in-roads in the country. This contributes to the fact that stores still have yet to embrace some of the values we’ve seen highly adopted in the culture such as mixing high and low.

Who do you think are the leaders in the high street market and why?

I think some of the leaders are Pigalle, Chris Stamp, Ronnie Fieg, Chris Gibbs, Virgil Abloh, Jon, Buscemi, Marcelo Burlon, VERBAL, Jerry Lorenzo, Dr. Romanelli and Astrid Andersen. Streetwear brands used to be strong at concepts and promoting street culture but they often didn’t pay attention to the quality of its products. But you could argue that street brands have effectively balanced both creative and quality. For some high fashion brands such as Celine, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Rick Owens, they’re all showing a collection inclusive of mixing street culture and luxury together.

 



How would you describe what you do with UNITED ARROWS & SONS? What sort of platform does it provide to high street brands you carry and how does it differ from other UNITED ARROWS retailers?

We’re strong on mixing elements of tradition with modernity. For example, mixing suits with streetwear is something we’re good at. The difference between UNITED ARROWS & SONS and rest of our stores is the culture behind our choices.

You’re in the midst of renovating the store, what can we expect?

We won’t necessarily be updating and renovating constantly. However the ongoing goal is to introduce to our customers elements of culture and quality with a UNITED ARROWS approach to service.

Does UNITED ARROWS plan to open additional UNITED ARROWS & SONS stores? Is there anything planned for expansion outside of Japan?

Yes, we’ve just launched our UNITED ARROWS & SONS space in our UNITED ARROWS Taipei store on October 31.



With the vast array of the brands you work with, what are you most looking forward to seeing over the coming seasons?

One of my favorite brands that I’m looking forward to includes NIGOLD® by UNITED ARROWS that started in Fall/Winter 2014. We’re looking to collaborate with NIGO® every season and create some great products. The range is representative of what I previously mentioned with suits combining with streetwear elements. Other brands I’m looking forward to include ART COMES FIRST and Umit Benan.

What kind of projects can we look forward to seeing from you in 2015?

There will be several interesting projects, but you’ll see it soon so don’t worry!

How do you think merchandising and retail differs between Japan and the rest of the world?

Especially in Tokyo, there is low, middle and high-end products all in one place. And the number of stores is truly massive. Through years of experience, the customer has good eye to look for what they really want. It could be a little bold to say, but Japanese customers always look for “UNIQLO cost with Hermes hospitality.”
 

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Japanese fashion labels WTAPS and UNITED ARROWS & SONS collaborate with “Frontside Railslide” Jacket

 

Image of WTAPS for United Arrows & Sons 2014 "Frontside Railslide" Jacket

A pairing of two sought-after Japanese fashion labels, WTAPS has teamed up with United Arrows & Sons on the “Frontside Railslide” jacket. Filled with retro sensibility, the blazer features a mix of action sports illustrations across the body, while colorful vintage fonts add to the bold look.

A compelling piece for your summer wardrobe, look for the collaborative jacket at United Arrows & Sons from mid-June onwards.

 

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Japanese fashion labels WTAPS and UNITED ARROWS & SONS collaborate with “Frontside Railslide” Jacket