After many years of coveting Japanese made and crafted products I have at last found a way to get them…relatively easily. Shoping for Japanese goods on Japanese sites is really hard work and generally a pursuit reserved for dedicated followers of these rare and special brands. Why the Japanese workwear/outdoor/hunting brands are so good is an article too long for now. Though I will say that once you go down this road you will be hooked and understand why on the whole they do it better than all the rest :-)
Many of these brands can be found throughout Pelican Fossa and its worth going back a few months to check them out.
Recently I got chatting to John Lofgren after buying a cap from their Ebay store; an american expat living and working in Sendai, Japan. John runs a shop called Speedway and though the site is predominantly in Japanese its easy to navigate through. Anything you like just drop John an email and he will sort it out.
John Lofgren also produces some very fine goods in his own name. All made in Japan with premium materials, meticulously made with many relevant historical details.
Images below are some treasures I have picked out from his current stock.
KAPITAL is a label well known for it’s secrecy and is rarely found outside the Japan stores. Handcrafted items, fabric craftsmanship, vintage clothing designs and Japanese cult denim.
KAPITAL are the father and son duo Toshikiyo (TH) and Kazuhiro (Kiro) Hirata. Their personalities, work ethic, and values are always present in their work. All collections offers a soft mix of Western, Navajo, Amish, Eskimo, Scottish and Military traditions which all blends into a Japanese rustic yet modern re-creation.
Detailing in the form of traditional Japanese Boro and tattoo inspired embroidery, silver concho buttons on heavyweight knitwear, incredible raw denim and patchwork faded indigo.
Kapital can by found in these stores.