Russell Moccasin is one of the first US brands I rediscovered via Japanese web shops. In the mid-oughts, I used to wishfully shop for Japan only, Russell special make ups. My favorite models were those which paired a Fishing Oxford upper with a sturdy hunting or workwear tread. By comparison, I was uninspired by Russell’s domestic print catalog featured school yearbook quality photographs and confusing print lists of of pricing and leather selections. Here is a pair of Russell Chukkas that caught my eye from the Japanese shop MAPS. In addition to the Chukkas, I love the detailed product snaps and the sockless model.
Posts Tagged ‘shopping from Japan’
Uncle Sam is one of my favorite Japanese web shops. Though I cannot read Japanese, I frequently visit the site to check out the shop’s style blog. While I don’t recognize most of the brands on offer, I take inspiration from the shop’s artful presentation of snout to tail, total clothing ensembles. Someday, I hope to assemble a cleverly layered outfit worthy of Uncle Sam. My three zones of aspiration include upper body layering, accessories and the key interface of sock, shoe and trouser. Here are some recent looks that I’m admiring.
Archival is thrilled to be working with Barley Harvest Season, the distributor of our bags and apparel in Japan. One of the original motivations for the Archival blog was my wish to document the US heritage products sold in Japan – but not available stateside. Now, I take great pleasure in redistributing images of our own products making guest appearances on Japanese blogs and web sites. Lacking translating language skills, I focus on store display methodology and the bag-on-model shots so expertly deployed by Japanese web shops. Here are some recent snaps from the blog/shop King, Inc.
Per Peter Allen – Everything Old is New Again. I’ve been browsing through the pages of Men’s Club magazine from Japan. Who needs a costly Free & Easy subscription when everything about outdoor and inspired cycling garb has already been spelled out in 1977. Here are a few sample views:
I love the mixed view approach of Japanese magazines: model the fashion and then provide a beautifully arranged, spatialized shopping list of essential supplies. Even in 1977, Brooks saddles, lace up leather cycling shoes and French cyclo-tourist bags were the final word.
Add these old Patagonia pants to the list of garments I’ll stick to admiring from afar. They remind me of the Gramicci pants that were everywhere in the early 90s in Oregon. But when I showed them to Lesli, she immediately thought of traditional Japanese monpe pants, a simple pull-on affair once worn by farmers or merchants.
A few months back, the gents from Huge magazine visited Archival to photograph (on film!) our bags for a feature on Oregon manufacturers. We haven’t seen the final print publication but our Huge contact, Takuhito K, just posted this preview of the new magazine cover by Illustrator Claudia Pearson. I love seeing all these rugged, made in USA goods rendered as larky line drawings and watercolors. It reminds me of the work of another favorite Archival Illustrator – and Brooklyn denizen –Ryan Blomberg, creator of our original Archival blog banner:
Here are a few snap views of Post O’Alls vests from my personal collection. Inspired by vintage hunting and shooting vests, the Post O’Alls vest features an internal poacher’s pocket and four outside flap pockets. The cargo capacity rivals that of an AC Rucksack. A fan of the hyper layered look – I wear mine interchangeably over wool and cord blazers.
Since it’s nearly impossible to source Filson Italy in the US, I’m prepping this catalog of images for wishful shopping. My images come from the official Filson Italy site, Japanese webshops and flickr. While I’ve known about Filson Italy (and the Black Label) for awhile, I recently discovered that they now have a “Donna” collection for women. I’m not wild about most of the line, but I do love the unfortunately named “Golddiggers” coat (essentially an upland game jacket in red plaid wool). When I emailed Filson Italy to inquire about the jacket, I was told that it would only be sold in Italy–and not via web shops. Hoping to have a custom version made in the US, Filson informed me that their wool is too thick to support the design of the coat (and further, that their custom order program is closed through April 2012). So–despite our internet age, not all the glitters can be owned.
Addendum: check out the new Filson Japan lookbook, Ballad of Portraits 2011.