This week slows down with the brief pause in releases from both Palace and Supreme. While the steady stream of collectibles from the two juggernauts has ceased, for now, there are still releases from household names like BAPE, as well as exclusive items from retailers like SSENSE. As expected, the number of releases lean towards to lighters side of soft offerings to align with the hot days ahead. T-shirts and shorts, all in light colors make a heavy splash in this week’s list of Drops.
Music fans will be delighted to learn that Ta-Ku along with Ben Wright have released their latest project called 823; a creative label that focuses on everyday life — translated into clothing, records, zines, and objects. Continuing on the music route, OG lyricist NAS taps Aimé Leon Dore for a collection of sure-cop merch as part of his The Lost Tapes 2 album.
Key items this week include the Margiela Tabi Leather Glove Bag, Nas’ ALD Blunt Ashes Ash Tray, Kapital’s denim bucket hat, and the YMC x Timex MK1 watch.
823 “Time Stands Still” Capsule Collection
Continuing to prove himself as a multi-disciplinary creative, Ta-ku recently launched his new label 823 alongside Ben Wright. 823 is centered around an appreciation of the simple beauty of everyday life, inspiring various garments, recordings, prints and other objects the label releases.
The inaugural offering from the label is dubbed “Time Stands Still” and tells the story of a couple in the days before a long-distance separation and the fleetingness of time. Comprised of monochromatic T-shirts and hoodies, a dedicated zine and limited-edition clock, the name of the capsule is emblazoned throughout the assemblage. A standout item is a clock etched with thick black details over a crisp white base. Westerstrand branding is placed below the 12 o’clock, followed by the words “Time” at nine o’clock, “Stands” at six and “Still” at three. As a finishing touch, a thin red second-hand is offset against the stout minute and hour hands for visual balance.
SSENSE Exclusive Maison Margiela Tabi Capsule Collection
Back with another exclusive capsule, SSENSE and Maison Margiela have come together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the French luxury fashion house’s iconic Tabi silhouette. The limited unisex Tabi capsule collection features 12 pieces, encompassing an array of footwear pieces, T-shirts and accessories.
SSENSE and Maison Margiela are coming together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Tabi silhouette – an exclusive unisex Tabi capsule collection. Leading the special range is a pair of White Out Tabi Boots complete with a thick heel, high collar and a painted upper that cracks to reveal the premium leather beneath. Other notable items include the monochromatic footprint T-shirts, Tabi Leather Glove Bag and Tabi bottle opener keychains.
KITH Treats Tokyo “Natsu-Matsuri” Capsule Collection
To celebrate Summer, KITH Treats Tokyo put together a selection of goods for Japan’s omnipresent Natsu-Matsuri (“Summer Festival”) celebrations.
The new offerings include a pair of T-shirts emblazoned with graphic mashups with KITH Treats logo, fireworks and goldfish. Additionally, the Tokyo outpost will also be dropping a colorful cookie sandwich, milkshake and ice cream cup dubbed “The Turquoise.” Small popping candy bits reinforce the firework motif, adding an extra dimension of flavor to the lush edibles.
Where: KITH Treats Tokyo
Nas x Aimé Leon Dore The Lost Tapes II Merch Capsule
Ahead of the release of The Lost Tapes 2, Nas has teamed up with Aimé Leon Dore on a selection of merchandise for the highly-anticipated album. Putting together an array of streetwear offerings, the items express Aimé Leon Dore’s minimalistic take on classic typography and graphics, with a college-style “Queens Wolf” print emblazoned long sleeve shirts and hoodies, with the album’s tracklist applied on T-shirts and crewnecks. All garments included are centered around black and white with contrasting graphics. Various accessories like a Blunt Ashes Ash Tray — which features hand-written “Blunt Ashes” lyrics by Nas — as well as a high-quality soy wax candle round up the collection.
Kapital The Old Man and the Sea Denim Bucket Hats
Kapital‘s latest artisanal bucket hat tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s classic story with unique stitching and construction. Available in two versions, the first one comes in a well-structured 12oz silhouette that references the fisherman before his battle with the marlin. The second one takes on a more weathered and distressed look with fraying and patchwork — signifying the fisherman’s worn spirit after his encounter.
Both hats are available over at Kapital’s website where they are priced at ¥9,500 JPY and ¥18,100 JPY (approximately $87 USD and $166 USD).
BAPE for Nikki Beach 2019 Exclusive Capsule
A Bathing Ape looks to celebrate 20 years of Nikki Beach with a small capsule that comprised of T-shirts, hoodies, and a few beach accessories. The main motif in this collaboration points to the sun as the iconic APE head graphic can be seen sporting sunglasses between two cartoon palm trees.
This capsule collection will be available exclusively at a Nikki Beach’s St.Tropez pop-up location.
When: July 12 – 15
Where: Nikki Beach Saint-Tropez
YMC x Timex “Burnt Rubber Brown” Military MK1 Watch
YMC and Timex join forces to release a special take on the 1982 Timex MK1 watch. Originally distributed to the military as an expendable watch, the watch is noted for its affordability, simplicity, and ease of mass production — it was also relatively reliable due to its simple design.
This collaborative watch sees the color “Burnt Rubber Brown” matched with a navy dial. The watch is also co-branded and comes in a special-edition box. Those looking for a more modern update to the classic military watch can find the YMX x Timex MK1 watch over at YMC for a price of £74 GBP (approx. $92 USD).