Japan has been largely credited as producing some of the world’s best denim, manufacturing the highest-quality jeans and denim using both innovative and traditional techniques. Authentic denim brand Edwin is one of the leading brands in Japan and is renowned for its unique technology, handwash processes and advanced design. The brand lays claim to the invention of the stonewash technique and Edwin has played a pivotal role in denim manufacturing since it was founded in 1969, revolutionising washing practices that are still in use today. Presenting a comprehensive variety of fits, weights and washes, the brand is a key player in the denim industry.
Founded in 1994, Neighbourhood has become one of Tokyo’s coolest streetwear brands. Trendsetter and founder Shinsuke Takizawa has created a brand that builds on longevity, focusing on vintage designs and premium jeans. Stemming from Takizawa’s love of motorcycles and biker culture, Neighbourhood revives and reinterprets the biker look, offering updates on leather jackets, printed T-shirts and constructed workwear. With pieces ranging from cool bomber and military jackets to cotton shirts and bright accessories, Neighbourhood should be on every discerning gentleman’s radar.
A Bathing Ape
Tokyo’s style landscape is one of relentless energy – its urban architecture, neon lights and cutting-edge technology a refreshing and chaotic mix of ideas. Tokyo’s eclectic mix of beauty and creativity has led many designers to work across the fields of fashion, music and the city’s nightlife to create something truly special. Streetwear label A Bathing Ape, aka Bape, has roots in the music world and has collaborated with a host of famous names including Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. Easily recognisable by its ape logo, the brand specialises in camouflage patterns, box cuts and fun prints. The brand has an exclusive reputation, with many products only available in limited editions, making this is one of the most covetable names in streetwear to emerge from Tokyo.
Japanese surf-style brand Remi Relief was founded in 2007 and has since become one of the leading menswear labels in Japan. Inspired by the Californian beach scene of the 1960s and 70s, the brand reworks the quintessential surfer look for the modern audience and its collections all have a signature authentic vintage feel, ideal for long days spent on the beach. Despite the label’s well-worn aesthetic, all items are made using exceptional fabrics and superior construction at its own factory in Okayama – the home of Japanese artisanal manufacturing. Take a look at the Made In Japan collection for a masterclass in Japanese fabrics and unique technologies.
Good accessories can instantly elevate your look so it is well worth investing in top-quality additions to pull an outfit together. Tokyo’s Anonymous Ism is hailed in Japan as a master sock maker and is the ideal brand for those looking to add a luxury twist to their functional basics. Its well-crafted designs and bold patterns have caught the attention of many fashion insiders and it has become a firm favourite with the street style elite. From chunky cable-knit to mix-and-match Fair Isle options, the brand’s playful designs make it an essential name to discover.