After releasing its well-curated archival pieces from Raf Simons, Helmut Lang and UNDERCOVER, Middleman Store is back with the heritage-filled offerings from cult Japanese label, Kapital .
Shot in various locations around Hollywood and Venice Beach, the California setting does its best in bringing out the garment’s Western-inspired aesthetic. Key pieces are defined by their Japanese Boro patchwork-style construction; where many of the softgoods appear to be distressed from years of wear, or repaired with seemingly mismatched fabrics and materials.
Toshikiyo and Kiro Hirata’s penchant for translating Japanese heritage into fun and creative clothing can most notably be seen in the Smiley Face Heavy Knit Cardigan Robe, Boroboro windbreaker jacket, Kountry Rebuilt Military Kimono, The Rainbow Surf Kesa Jacket, and the various signature Kapital Ring coats.
Vintage fans should mark their calendars as this collaborative drop with Grailed is set to see over 75 items this coming Friday, January 11, 12:00PM EST.
In other fashion news, The North Face launches its updated ‘92 Rage collection.
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COMING JANUARY 11th. We are thrilled to announce the Middleman x Grailed Kapital Drop. Featuring over 75 grails, staples, and never-before-seen-online pieces from the cult Japanese label. The ring coat is perhaps the defining innovation which has sprouted from Hirata’s label. Ostensibly based on military sleeping bags, in practical application it lies somewhere between a peacoat and an M-65. Along with their typical wool and cotton iterations, every season the Kapital Kountry line releases an extremely limited run of embellished and hand painted ring coats which are “in store only” releases. The “Yukon” ring coat displayed above is among the most extravagant, featuring a fleece collar and inner, leather piping, a hand painted sleeve badge, and a vivid artisan rendering of a moose on the back of it. Kapital’s invocation of the Yukon, a physically unforgiving Canadian province deep in the arctic, is unsurprising, as much of the brand’s visuals are intertwined with ideals of the untamed wilderness. Lookbooks are often shot in remote locations, where the terrain is as much a character as any model or outfit (take the AW2014 “Peace Pilgrim” lookbook as an example, where wild birds of prey stalk in the background of numerous shots). Available Friday the 11th, 12:00PM EST (-5 GMT), at Grailed.com. #middlemanstore