Kimitoshi Chida designs Sage de Cret, which has produced some of the most unique and enjoyable clothing to come through No Man Walks Alone, from last year’s rabbit fur fishtail parka (keep an eye out for this year’s version, soon to come to the No Man store) to the newly arrived patchwork jacquard coat, shown above. He kindly answered a few questions about his design process and vision.
Fujito is the newest line from Japan to come into the No Man Walks Alone family. The clothes are beautifully made, but not precious; classic without being antiquated. The designer behind the company, Go Fujito, draws heavily from his love of the great outdoors, vintage clothing, and the skateboard and music scenes he grew up with in Japan during the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Many designers today, even those considered avant-garde, start their design process by delving into vintage archives. It’s just a question of where they take their inspiration. For Japanese designer Go Fujito, the process is as much about drawing from archival designs as it is about staying true to his personal history. As Fujito puts it, “clothes are about living,” which means style should always have some kind of contemporary relevancy.
Some collections are like the city of Rome - built stone upon stone, every addition becoming a permanent layer supported by its predecessors. Other collections are like Pocahontas’s river - the component molecules are merely passing through, but the whole remains a single coherent object. Gus Walbolt’s collection of guitars is of this second type - a running history of Gus’s musical attachments, personal friendships, grail quests and winding side paths, recorded in six-strings.
G. Bruce Boyer’s True Style might have been the best serious #menswear book of 2015, but the Where’s Waldo? parody Where’s Karl? may have been my favorite fashion book of last year. Where’s Karl? sets out and sends up in hilarious, delirious pageantry the fanciful fleshpots flit through by the international fashion set, all as seen through the inspired pen of fictional French blogger Florence “Fleur” de la Sabine as she attempts to track down couture’s favorite cipher, Karl Lagerfeld.
I’m a sucker for almost any book about clothing, but W. David Marx’s Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style is more than that. It’s a social history of post-war Japan told through the history of American influence on Japanese clothing. You’ll learn about the early adopters of Ivy style in Japan, which as a reader of this blog, you may know something about already.