As a by-product of the Japanese and Tokyo commuter lifestyle, we’ve seen numerous Japanese brands dedicated to the creation of bags and accessories. In a recent partnership, Japan’s legendary skate/fixed bike crew T19 looked to custom bag makers Crank to create a messenger bag. The bag is unorthodox in its stylings as it features a long and narrow shape in both black and navy blue colorways. Available now at select T19 retailers.
Following up on their previous jacket, Voyage by WasteTwice has teamed up once again with Lowe Alpine; this time offering a more technologically advanced Gore-Tex product. The jacket features Gore-Tex’s top of the line Pro-Shell material in a lightweight and extremely breathable package. Large pockets can be seen along the waist as well as diagonal zips on the chest. Collaborations such as these offer top of the line performance with a renewed sense of aesthetics that are often not provided by typical mountaineering companies such as Lowe Alpine. Available now at Cueve.
Japanese store Eliminator has taken to one of Fred Perry’s classics in the Bomber Jacket in a special collaboration for the 2008 fall/winter season. The vintage and timeless aesthetic of the 60s Bomber Jacket undergoes a contemporary refinement with the use of a shiny body complete with bright accented colors. Three colors in total are available, while each share the same silver body, yellow, blue and orange accents can be seen. Available now at Eliminator.
In which is arguably a win for the smaller fish in the pond, hat makers Estate LA are set to open their very first flagship store. In a market largely dominated by New Era, this surely a sign of Estate LA’s development and success. An opening date has been set for Friday, June 13th with a subsequent online store opening to coincide with the shops debut.
Estate LA Flagship Store
1821 Lincoln Blvd
Venice Beach, CA
While the Cordura bags from Visvim are the obvious flagship and front-runners from the brand, Visvim has often released some further bags which feature materials such as canvas and Hypatex. The Basic Rucksack 22 is the latest addition to Visvim’s bag family with its simple demeanor in both white or black. With the ability to hold 22 liters, the bag is a bit more cost effective then some of Visvim’s other products. Available now at Re In Force.