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A quick survey of Hong Kong’s many re-seller shops shows that it’s not hard to find the influence and visibility of the two collaborators at hand in this upcoming Levi’s Platnium kzKLOT 505 release. Both CLOT and Kazuki Kuraishi have had a dominating effect on the fashion scene throughout much of Asia, as their items are often hotly contested and accompanied by intense price mark-ups and line-ups. Focusing the attention to the efforts of designer Kazuki Kurashi, his designer’s touch has been remarkable, not only under his design firm with Hiroshi Fujiwara (known to many as fragment design), but also his overall ability to find the correct context whilst designing. This is arguably one of his greatest assets.
A quick run-down of his collaborative work has yielded projects including a handful with adidas on the Super Ape Star with A Bathing Ape, Super Skate with Tommy Guerrero and finally two releases with NEIGHBORHOOD on the ZX800 Boat for the adidas aZX Project and a 35th Anniversary Superstar. Beyond his well-documented and sought-after endeavors, Kazuki has boasted strong relations with various Japanese fashion brands such as Levi’s Fenom, Resonate, iDiom, whiz and the recently defunct Number (N)ine.
Moving to the topic at hand, after seeing early leaks, we had originally thought this upcoming release would fall under the Levi’s Fenom sub-line from the storied denim brand. However, despite many trademark details applied onto the Platnium kzKLOT 505, the denim releases under Levi’s Japan. The final product looks to capture the essence of both participating parties. The detailing are top notch while its application of highlights is very much in-line with CLOT and its legion of Asian fans. Aside from touches such as vertical zipper pockets, keychain fobs and an iconic silk-screen logo placement that have come to symbolize frequent Levi’s Fenom releases, the Platinum kzKLOT 505 goes even further to create a complete package. The denim features a platinum colored weave within its dark denim fabric (recommended by Nakano-san, a good friend of CLOT’s Edison Chen) to create a visible albeit subtle textile. Continuing with the metallic trend, a Levi’s patch is seen in a metallic print as well. CLOT branding is seen in multiple forms from the distressed ‘C’ printed beneath the back-right pocket to a smaller embroidered detail on the back of the knee. Over the last few seasons, many of CLOT’s exclusive releases have been marked by the use of traditional Chinese silk. CLOT continues on with this concept as blue silk is sewn into the weft of the jeans and offers a striking contrast when cuffed and exposed. A small patch situated inside the back left pocket features a small tag commemorating the efforts of both entities, “kzKLOT joint development”.
The Levi’s Platnium kzKLOT 505 is set to release on Friday, April 10th exclusively through JUICE in Hong Kong and will be sold via a lottery scheme. Tickets will be handed out starting at 11:00 am, with the winners able to claim their denim at 1:00 pm the same day. A suggested retail price is set at $3650 HKD (approximately $471 USD).
CLOT x Kazuki x Levi’s Platnium kzKLOT 505 Denim Release
Friday, April 10th @ 11:00 am
JUICE Hong Kong
53 Patterson St., 2/F A
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
P + 852.2881.0173