Keizo Shimizu

Keizo Shimizu is the owner and director of umbrella company Nepenthes and clothing brand Needles. Shimizu launched Nepenthes in 1988 in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan as a fashion distribution firm, and in 1989 it soon expanded into retail operations, opening offices in Boston in 1989 and New York in 1996 as a result of Shimizu’s frustrations with what was available in the market. Eventually, Nepenthes grew to house a handful of clothing brands Engineered Garments, Needles, South2 West8 and Sonic Labs. In his designs, Shimizu draws upon references from his own travel and life experiences, as well as from historical magazines. His clothing is characterized for its distinct American Western, workwear and bohemian influences.

NEEDLES' Faux Fur Pea Coat Is Here To Save Your FW20 Wardrobe
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NEEDLES' Faux Fur Pea Coat Is Here To Save Your FW20 Wardrobe

Its quilted chore jacket, leopard print cardigan, and plaid track pants are also strong seasonal looks.

NEPENTHES Founder Keizo Shimizu & Engineered Garments' Daiki Suzuki Talk Americana
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NEPENTHES Founder Keizo Shimizu & Engineered Garments' Daiki Suzuki Talk Americana

The two detail the beginnings of NEEDLES and Engineered Garments, inspirations and more.

NEEDLES & Lee Update Classic 1970 Jean Jacket and Flared Denim
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NEEDLES & Lee Update Classic 1970 Jean Jacket and Flared Denim

Refreshing archival silhouettes.

NEEDLES Bolsters Vivid Paint Splatters Over Safari Jackets and Pants
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NEEDLES Bolsters Vivid Paint Splatters Over Safari Jackets and Pants

Detailing utilitarian classics.

Nepenthes Unveils Bold Layers from NEEDLES & Engineered Garments for SS20
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Nepenthes Unveils Bold Layers from NEEDLES & Engineered Garments for SS20

From striped track pants to military anoraks.

NEEDLES Drops Layer-Friendly Down Parkas for FW19
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NEEDLES Drops Layer-Friendly Down Parkas for FW19

Featuring sleek Taffeta textiles.

NEEDLES Drops New Asymmetric Ghillie Sneakers for FW19
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NEEDLES Drops New Asymmetric Ghillie Sneakers for FW19

The latest from the Nepenthes family.

NEEDLES Bolsters '70s-Inspired Jewelry for FW19
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NEEDLES Bolsters '70s-Inspired Jewelry for FW19

From butterfly motifs to peace signs.

NEPENTHES London Launches Web Store
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NEPENTHES London Launches Web Store

Featuring NEEDLES, Engineered Garments and Sasquatchfabrix.

BEAMS, NEEDLES & Reebok Release Special Beatnik Model
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BEAMS, NEEDLES & Reebok Release Special Beatnik Model

A powerhouse collaboration.

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