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INSA: Calculated Sexuality

FeaturesComments ⋅ Feb 28, 2011
British street artist INSA recently made his way across the ocean for an American showing of his artwork in San Francisco. For close followers of the art meets sneaker scene, INSA has been a prominent figure for his signature use of highly sexual...

DJ Muro and Keita Suzuki: Maintaining the Past

FeaturesComments ⋅ Feb 9, 2011
Japanese hip hop and DJ Muro are two entities that never stray far from each other. As the self-professed “King of Diggin’”, DJ Muro has tried his best to maintain the classical nature of his love for hip hop with a penchant for playing only viny...

Tatsuro Horikawa: NUANCES of JULIUS

FeaturesComments ⋅ Jan 31, 2011
Last month, Japanese avant-garde label JULIUS and founder Tatsuro Horikawa opened its first flagship store outside of its native Japan in Hong Kong. Known for its unorthodox approach to silhouettes, a focus on the use of leather and above all els...

HAROSHI: Broken Beauty

FeaturesComments ⋅ Jan 18, 2011
In a relatively short period of time, Japanese artist HAROSHI has earned worldwide respectability for his beautiful 3D wooden sculptures. Based off of broken skateboard decks, he’s managed to breath new life into something that was most lik...

Adrian Joffe: The Idea of COMME des GARÇONS

FeaturesComments ⋅ Jan 10, 2011
When Rei Kawakubo presented her first show in Paris under the name ‘COMME des GARÇONS’ in 1981, it was received as a ground breaking collection. However not everyone in the Paris fashion system was ready for this change as she approached the fu...

NIGO: NOW HERE in China

FeaturesComments ⋅ Jan 3, 2011
Late last month, A Bathing Ape took another big step into China as NIGO was on hand to open his latest store in Beijing. Created in conjunction with I.T, the BAPE STORE Beijing location joins two previous retail locations in Shanghai and Hong Kon...

Gildas Loaëc: One Part Music, One Part Fashion

FeaturesComments ⋅ Dec 20, 2010
As one half of French duo Kitsuné, Gildas Loaëc and his partner Masaya Kuroki have done a remarkable job of balancing what is essentially two-full fledged businesses under one roof. Depending on who you ask, the brand is known for both its fashio...

Shinsuke Takizawa: The Inspirations of a NEIGHBORHOOD

FeaturesComments ⋅ Dec 14, 2010
One of the heavyweights to emerge from the Ura-Hara era of Japanese streetwear in the mid-90s, NEIGHBORHOOD founder Shinsuke Takizawa has remained mostly in the background in regards to the Western world. Without a well-publicized background to b...

Phillip Annand: Me, Creativity and the Internet

FeaturesComments ⋅ Dec 6, 2010
The name Phillip Annand may not resonate with some, but over the last few years, he’s created a remarkable following. With truly humble beginnings as a frequenter of HYPEBEAST’s forums, his story is a true representation of organic gr...

Hideki “HUE” Kimura: Japanese-Filtered Western Culture

FeaturesComments ⋅ Nov 23, 2010
Since our first introduction to the Japanese label DELUXE, we’ve been huge fans of the work created by the brand’s head designer who simply goes by the nickname “HUE”. DELUXE’s greatest ability is the brand’s redefining of...

Jan Lamb x Eric Kot: The Cultural Connectors

FeaturesComments ⋅ Nov 15, 2010
A massively developed financial infrastructure aside, Hong Kong still holds a strong penchant for fashion together with the fast cars and lavish lifestyles that dominate the cityscape. However strong the high-fashion market is and beyond the flag...

Neck Face: Satan’s Favorite Son

FeaturesComments ⋅ Nov 8, 2010
Since coming onto the scene, Neck Face has provided a constant stream of unadulterated art firmly focused on death of the most graphic nature. And while his surrealist approach does take a bit of the edge off it all, nevertheless, the themes show...

Tomohiro Konno: Finding New In The Old

FeaturesComments ⋅ Nov 1, 2010
While the name Tomohiro Konno may not resonate to the same degree as some of his fellow Japanese designers and visionaries, the NEXUSVII founder has done a remarkable job in our eyes. As one of the few Japanese entities to occupy such a vast part...

Yo Shitara & Keishi Endo: The Path of BEAMS

FeaturesComments ⋅ Oct 26, 2010
A heavyweight in its native Japan with increasingly greater awareness on a global level, BEAMS encompasses a broad spectrum of fashion and lifestyle through different outlets under its massive umbrella. BEAMS recently expanded their Asian presenc...

Misha Hollenbach: Unraveling the Complexities of PAM

FeaturesComments ⋅ Oct 18, 2010
A few months ago, I had the chance to meet with Misha Hollenbach of cult Australian label PAM (Perks and Mini). I’d been a fan of PAM for sometime and their outlandish and creative graphics with a well-rounded cut & sew program had lef...