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WTAPS

Wtaps

Propelled from the base of Tetsu Nishiyama’s 1993 project FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS (FPAR), WTAPS was launched three years later in 1996. Comparable to the likes of Shinsuke Takizawa, Hiroshi Fujiwara and NIGO, Tetsu Nishiyama has been at the helm of many notable joint ventures with WTAPS and has gained global recognition, after collaborations with the likes of Supreme, Stussy and Vans in the early 2000s became revered across the men's fashion industry. WTAPS is driven by its motto, with individual designs maximized for their potential and produced within the brand’s respective limitations. Having become a viable player in the world of menswear over the past 22 years, WTAPS is now a globally recognised independent that is stocked at 45 locations across Japan with a further 24 across the likes of America, Europe and China. Pronounced “double taps,” the brand’s name is coined from a 1900s military technique of shooting the same point twice; this act, however, bears little relevance to the brand apart from its military-inspired aesthetic. Defined by the practicality and production of combat clothing, Tetsu Nishiyama’s affiliation to graphical insignia, the 1970s vanguard artist Taro Okamoto, seikatsu and Taoism is present across each WTAPS collection. In September 2011, GIP-STORE was opened in Jinnan, Shibuya in succession of Blackflag and stands to this day as one of the only spaces to stock the complete line of WTAPS clothing.

WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY” Silver and Wood Bracelet
WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer Ernest Dot Chambray Shirt
honeyee: WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY” Editorial
WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer Leather Zip Pouches
WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer SNEAK Collection
Traverse Tokyo: Interview with Tetsu Nishiyama
WTAPS Leather Tanker Bag
WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer Union Flannel Shirts
GRIND: WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer "BETTER THAN YESTERDAY" Collection Editorial
WTAPS 2012 Spring/Summer PACKERS VEST

2015

Releases Vans Syndicate WTAPS Authentic S shoe for Vans’ 10th Anniversary

2011

Opens first flagship store, the GIP-STORE, in Jinnan, Shibuya

1996

FPAR re-surfaces as WTAPS

1993

Tetsu Nishiyama founds FPAR
 
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