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Skrillex "Fuck That" Music Video (Directed by Nabil Elderkin)

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Nabil Elderkin here lends his talents to electronic superstar Skrillex, creating a masterful video for the artist’s “Fuck That” single. With the song itself being an aggressive number as it stands, the video parallels the track by telling the tale of a street fighter in his hours after being released from prison. The intricately-shot video follows the fighter as he reunites with his lover, only to fall back into a higher-stakes situation – presumably in the same vein of trouble that found him imprisoned in the first place. A genuine work of art, enjoy the video above.

SKRILLEX [F#ck That] by NABIL from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

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Peter Jensen x Maison Kitsuné Holiday 2014 Capsule Collection

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Both Peter Jensen and Maison Kitsuné are beloved for their dedicated takes on the classics, both exuding a kind of timeless European sophistication through smart, pointed use of silhouettes. It makes sense then, that the Danish designer would team up with the French-Japanese boutique to create a capsule for Holiday 2014. Playfully cozy down to each thread, the two parties offer a range of party-ready sweaters, standout luxury corduroys, dinner jackets and tailored shirts – all of which are sure to channel your most charming spirit for the holiday season. Check out the pieces above, then head over to Kitsuné’s website to shop the collection.



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MR PORTER Goes "Behind the Brand" with Hiroki Nakamura & visvim

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MR PORTER sat down with visvim creative director and designer Hiroki Nakamura to gain some insight about the inspiration behind the brand and how it first came into being. The video gives us a glimpse of some of the behind the scenes work that goes into the highly-coveted garments, including the essential process of indigo dyeing which is a core element of Nakamura’s vintage-infused pieces. Check out the video above to see what makes visvim so unique in comparison to many other brands out there today.



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Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

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Again applying their unique design style to the retail arena, here we find acclaimed Japanese firm Nendo lending its talents to the latest store layout by Sogo + Seibu for by|n. Titled simply ‘Backyard by | n’, the store site is split into two sections: one dedicated to a ‘storage space’ and the other focused on the concepts of freedom and play. These concepts are subtly emphasized through use of materials and colors, i.e. the gradient whitewash to natural wood color on furniture, as well as the use of natural, solid concrete through the walls. An exercise in material concepts, enjoy the latest work by Nendo above, and head here to learn more.



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BLACK OUT II at GAMUSO TOKYO

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Check the video of the event BLACK OUT II at the venue GAMUSO, in Tokyo.
It was in september 2014.
6 of Tokyo's hottest bands, 2 underground artists and everyone get's painted with black light body paint at Tokyo's best underground live house, GAMUSO!

BAPE 2014 Fall/Winter Editorial by WARP Magazine

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For Warp‘s latest editorial, the Japanese magazine pairs with its fellow countryman at BAPE to highlight its current 2014 fall/winter offerings. Modeled by actor Shuhei Nomura and DJ Daruma, the cold weather collection features a few of the brand’s iconic prints, including camo and leopard, atop a combination of puffers, parkas, hoodies as well as crewneck jumpers. With BAPE’s 2014 fall/winter range available at retailers around the world, you can have another look at the above collection with GRIND Magazine’s editorial here.



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Perspective by Chris Stamp : High Street's Impact on Modern Japanese Style with POGGY

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For many years, Japan held the guiding light in menswear. Offering a refreshing take on integrating streetwear and high fashion, this concept has in many ways become a style almost universally embraced or at the very least understood and accepted by both the fashion elite and the masses. Within this movement, one of the best case studies is UNITED ARROWS & SONS Director and UNITED ARROWS buyer, POGGY. Both charismatic and the regular interest of photographers during the various fashion week festivities, POGGY’s intrinsic understanding of the relationship between the spectrum of fashion has led UNITED ARROWS & SONS to become one of the premiere menswear retailers globally. It has served as a platform for both global brands to showcase themselves to Japan’s discerning customer all while educating the locals about the cultures that permeate through several markets in other countries. Ahead of our upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 in Japan, we met with POGGY to get one of Japanese me…

DEMOLITION MAN DUBPLATE - DJ SAZA - FIRE 2014

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DJ SAZA (JUMPJUMP / TOKYO)

Dj Saza has been in the game for 10 years now.
He started as a drum n bass DJ in Paris in small bars.
Then he has dj in the biggest clubs in Paris (Cabaret Sauvage, Rex Club, Batofar, Tryptique, La Java, Le Glazart, Le Nouveau Casino, Social Club…) with the drum n bass headz (Andy C, Dj Fresh, General Levy, Dirty Phonics...).
He has also promoted parties with the biggest Electro promoters in Paris : Black Label, NeoPopArt, Tekaway…

SInce 2007, Saza has made Tokyo his new headquarter.
He has already organized lots of parties and dj in numerous clubs (Womb, Le Baron, Velours, La Fabrique, Amrax, Trump Room, Module, R Lounge…) with big Electro and Drum N Bass names (John Lord Fonda, Myss, M.S.K, Dj Taar, Crystal, Keenhouse, Lenzman, Concord Dawn, Hiloco…).
His music box contains lots of Electro house, Drum N Bass and Dubstep tracks.

Besides that, Saza is the founder of the unfamous blog : JUMP JUMP TOKYO
(www.jumpjump.biz) that is about Tokyo parties, stre…

ANDRE SARAIVA - アンドレ MR A : News November 2014

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Andre Saraiva with Futura 2000, with Jonone, MR A in Shangai, Monsieur A trying new Krinks pen.

Takashi Murakami “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” @ Gagosian Gallery New York

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Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is currently showcasing his major exhibition, titled ”In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow,” at Gagosian Gallery New York. A range of new paintings and sculptures was created as a result of Murakami’s exploration of Japanese art made following historic natural disasters. Combining classical techniques with the latest technologies, the artworks feature elements of religious symbols, self-portraits, science fiction and manga imagery. The ”In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” exhibition will run until January 17, 2015, so make sure to check it out if you’re in the area.

Gagosian Gallery New York
555 W. 24th St.
New York, NY 10011



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A Bathing Ape 2014 Fall/Winter Gold Face T-Shirt for Selfridges

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BAPE‘s ape logo is one of the most widely recognizable graphics in streetwear. It was inspired by the original Planet of the Apes movies and has stuck with the brand since its inception in the early ’90s. The emblem has been printed as a caricature on numerous occasions, and has even spawned the miniature version, Baby Milo. Now, BAPE is bringing the classic design to the UK high-end department store Selfridges. The exclusive tee features a metallic gold face ape across the chest.

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Kyoto : Discovering the Beauty in Imperfection - Wabi-Sabi

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Whether or not you are familiar with Wabi-Sabi, it is a difficult concept to fully understand. Ingrained in Japanese design and influenced by Buddhism, the viewpoint is simply defined as the beauty of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete things, which many of us associate with the cliché “perfect imperfection.” To some degree, this paradoxical assumption is correct as the loose translation of the word “Wabi” refers to the type of beauty underpinned by imperfection, while “Sabi” refers to the beauty of the inevitable aging process. Upon delving deeper into the subject area it is clear that its significance is greater than superficial factors as it is underpinned by spiritual meaning. Using the perception of sight, sound and smell, Wabi-Sabi encourages people to appreciate the surrounding environment by stripping down and experiencing everything in its basic form. This perspective enables people to find interest for simple objects and in turn, lead a more fulfilling life.

From a des…

Rizzoli Releases the "Yamamoto & Yohji" Book

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Over the course of Yohji Yamamoto’s 40-year career, his mysterious nature and innovative designs have propelled him to an extensive body of work from fashion, exhibitions, film, and an ongoing collaboration with adidas. Luxury book publisher Rizzoli has just released a 400-plus page book that pays tribute to his seemingly limitless creativity and unique process, titled Yamamoto & Yohji. The dedicated book features an abundance of photographs of Yamamoto’s most iconic looks as well as essays and interviews. The inspirational Yamamoto & Yohji book is available now online at Rizzoli for $115 USD.





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Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy (Makoto Drum n bass Edit)

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MAKOTO BIOGRAPHY
Having first come to prominence in 1999 when he was signed to LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking label, Makoto has steadily, consistently carved out his own groove in the world of Drum and Bass, with his trademark expansive jazz and soul-inflected workouts garnering critical praise from all corners. Having worked with a veritable who’s who of the scene, with releases on Zinc’s Bingo Beats, Fabio’s Creative Source, Hospital Records and numerous collaborations with DJ Marky, Makoto now releases his first EP on Apollo records.

Exclusive Engineered Garments for Ippudo Japanese Ramen Brasserie

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Combining the best of both worlds of Japanese garments and Japanese food results in the crew at Ippudo Japanese Ramen Brasserie getting a makeover by Engineered Garments. The restaurant staff are outfitted in a stylish navy apron-jacket hybrid combo, instead of the typical all-white or all-black waiters uniform. This collaboration started out as a simple cotton twill jacket, but with valuable suggestions from the Ramen master Fumihiro Kanagae, the project developed into a more complex and heavy-duty jacket with style and functionality suitable for the hospitality working environment. Check out the photos in the meanwhile and keep an eye out for when Ippudo releases the new Engineered Garments uniform for purchase, priced at approximately $300 USD for the jacket and an extra $100 USD for the apron.

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DIK @ PArco Shibuya

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Ly is a monochrome artist. DIK depicted by Ly symbolizes the taboo, unpleasantness, discomfort, discrimination, hatred, and that which should not be seen and said. Ly hates these things. She pours her feelings of "I HATE DIK" onto canvas and mixes it with optimism and glistening hope. Her art is not bound by gender and goes back and forth between the margins of black and white. Her artwork is cute but sometimes takes the form of a dangerous monster. She presents her art extensively throughout Japan and the world in wall paintings and live painting performances.

モノクローム・アーティスト。Lyの描く"DIK"は「タブー、不快、嫌悪、差別、憎しみ、見てはいけないこと、言ってはいけないこと」の象徴であり、Lyはそれを"HATE"する。そして彼女は"I HATE DIK"を、描く世界の中へ放り込み、少しの救いや、キラキラとした希望にも似たものを映し出す。ジェンダーを超えBLACK & WHITEのマージナルを行き来する世界は、キュートであるが、ときには危険なモンスターのようでもある。壁画やライブペインティングを中心に国内外で活動中

Kazumasa Nagai x PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE Pop-Up Store

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ISSEY MIYAKE first introduced the Pleats Please line back in 1989, and it has been developed every season thereafter. A collection of products for the brand was recently launched in collaboration with Japanese graphic designer Kazumasa Nagai with a week-long pop-up shop visualized by Keisuke Fujiwara to celebrate and promote the release. Fujiwara transformed the playful geometries of graphics into various architectural details creating a spatial experience. Each item is based on the theme of Nagai’s five animals feature poster ‘life,’ originally painted by Nagai in 1993, with rectangular objects imitating the beast-like forms that are shaped to create hanger racks, or function as shelves to display other items. These bold and quirky characteristics are partnered with a plain white backdrop in-contrast with the vibrant displays and artwork.



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