The new episode of Toco Toco TV is out, and as expected it covers Editmode, the company behind the fantastic The King of Games line of game-related clothing. I love everything that Editmode produces, and loved seeing them talk about what inspires them, and how they got their start (and seeing them visit some of their favorite spots in Kyoto). There’s also a little peek at the new BitSummit tee they’re producing for next month’s edition — they produce the event’s tee every year — and again, I pray to the gaming gods that I’ll somehow manage to get my hands on one.
In his latest Ametora Dispatches newsletter, David writes up a nice essay about the the recent closings of “Harajuku fashion” magazines Fruits and Kera — and he also points out this article, that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but that looks like a decent look at the past and present of the Harajuku street style.
I got to this Uniqlo CM from that article I just mentioned, and like it for the Tokyo settings you see in the background — even though it is kinda weird that all the featured models are non-Japanese.
Great piece on Racked about the state of Uniqlo in the US, what it’s accomplished so far, the struggles, and what comes next — will they stay or will they go?
I still haven’t gotten around to reading it, but here’s a feature from GQ on the fashion chain United Arrows, about it’s place in Japan and what comes next. I’ve always quite liked what’s on offer there, but it tends to cost more than I’m willing to spend on fashion (I tend to be more in the Muji/Uniqlo range).
I’m not quite sure if I’d actually want to wear one, but there’s something pretty neat about these commemorative jackets produced by Cave to celebrate the 2oth anniversary of its seminal shooter, Dodonpachi.
A few weeks ago I came across the fantastic Instagram account of bonpon511, which is in fact Bon and Pon (he’s Bon, she’s Pon), a couple in their 60s who share photos of impeccably coordinated outfits. They’re the cutest.
My buddy Luis is all about drawing these days, but he used to design and art direct magazines, and it looks like he dipped back in this world for the beautiful Caban Cahier, produced for fashion retailer Tomorrowland. Found via Canvas.
There’s a second edition of the Supplement: Tokyo talk series coming up (on March 8), this time featuring Bill Daniel, Craig Mod, Tetsuya Goto, and Eiko Nagase. More details here.
Street fashion magazine Fruits has just published its final issue (pictured). The reason? According to the magazine’s founder (and editor, and chief photographer) Shoichi Aoki, there just aren’t enough “cool kids” out on the streets anymore. Sad indeed. This Spoon & Tamago post has more details on the magazine’s closure.