Tetsu Nishiyama

Tetsu Nishiyama is a Japanese designer best known for his work with WTAPS and FPAR (FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS). Born and raised in Tokyo, Nishiyama started his first venture FPAR in 1993 at a time when a number of burgeoning labels were eager to make their mark. Using a silkscreen printer, he began producing simple graphic T-shirts embellished with “FPAR,” which drew influences from the principle of anarchism. In 1996 he decided to focus on establishing a more refined fashion imprint and came up with his second venture WTAPS. Stemming from his passion for utilitarian wear, the name was derived from the military term “double tap” and has gone onto become one of Japan’s mainstay streetwear imprints. In 2011 Nishiyama opened up the GIP-Store in Shibuya, and maintains creative control of the establishment today. More recently he announced the launch of his family-friendly DESCENDANT label and a collaborative venture DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE with fellow countryman NIGO.

WTAPS and Champion Come Together For Collaborative Range of Neutral Basics
Fashion

WTAPS and Champion Come Together For Collaborative Range of Neutral Basics

Based off of WTAPS’ BLANKS line of hoodies, tees, and crewnecks.

FPAR Highlights the Overlooked Truth With Latest Exhibition
Arts

FPAR Highlights the Overlooked Truth With Latest Exhibition

“The Truth Is Out There” is showing at Miyashita Park’s Sai Gallery.

WTAPS Reveals Military-Inspired New Balance 992 Collaboration
Footwear

WTAPS Reveals Military-Inspired New Balance 992 Collaboration

Featuring the brand’s signature “Olive Drab” aesthetic.

WTAPS Refines Military & Workwear Inspirations for SS20
Fashion

WTAPS Refines Military & Workwear Inspirations for SS20

From oversized field jackets to elongated parkas.

NEIGHBORHOOD & WTAPS Unveil Full Capsule Lineup (UPDATE)
Fashion

NEIGHBORHOOD & WTAPS Unveil Full Capsule Lineup (UPDATE)

Celebrating NBHD’s 25th anniversary.

The Evolution of Utility & Travel: A Conversation With Herschel Supply Co. on Its Latest WTAPS Collaboration
Fashion 

The Evolution of Utility & Travel: A Conversation With Herschel Supply Co. on Its Latest WTAPS Collaboration

Lyndon Cormack and Jon Warren on overlooked details, their approach to collaborations and more.

WTAPS Readies $3,700 USD Limited-Edition 18K Gold Necklace
Fashion

WTAPS Readies $3,700 USD Limited-Edition 18K Gold Necklace

To celebrate its Hong Kong outpost’s 1st anniversary.

A Closer Look at the FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS x Nike SB Dunk High
Footwear

A Closer Look at the FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS x Nike SB Dunk High

Featuring details from the Air Jordan 5 and Air Jordan 6.

A Closer Look at the HUMAN MADE x WTAPS Capsule
Fashion

A Closer Look at the HUMAN MADE x WTAPS Capsule

Inspired by military surplus.

FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS Readies a Nike SB Dunk High With Air Jordan Detailing
Footwear

FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS Readies a Nike SB Dunk High With Air Jordan Detailing

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