Hiroki Nakamura
Jiro Konami

Fashion , Footwear

Flying in the face of fashion’s mercurial tastes, Hiroki Nakamura eschewed 2017’s many fads, keeping true to his unique blend of progressive heritage-wear. Perhaps most notably, Nakamura’s brands—visvim and its sister line WMV—both opened up shop on American soil. visvim produced several variations of their staple pieces in 2017, including revisions of the brand’s iconic Sanjuro Kimono Down Jacket and several footwear models. To further cement Nakamura’s status as a curator of culture, his brand’s website published several thoughtful dissertation topics focusing on customs and constituents of historical relevance. Survey pieces touched on such far-reaching topics as tenkara (traditional Japanese fly fishing), American cartoonist Robert Crumb, yanai-jima workwear fabric, and Los Angeles’ Schindler house.
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