Mr. Porter Teams Up With Beams for Capsule Collection
One of our favorite online luxury menswear destinations, Mr. Porter, has teamed up with Beams, one of the most respected fashion retailers in Japan, for a limited edition capsule collection. The collection is curated from a group of seven designers including Marvy Jamoke, Aloye, Sasquatchfabrix, Teatora, Kics Document, orSlow, and Moonstar, and ranges from traditional workwear and denim to contemporary tailoring, with each label having created a collection for the site that heightens its individual signature style and aesthetic.
At the forefront of fashion, Mr. Porter points out that Tokyo is one of the most exciting hotbeds of men’s style because it’s home to an overwhelming number of pioneering designers and brands. The collaboration is an exciting addition to the site’s hotbed of menswear fashion.
“We certainly find that the Japanese approach to design has a global appeal and resonates well with the Mr. Porter customer. … This partnership marks a new era in contemporary menswear; a true recognition of the ever-increasing desire in western markets for Japanese apparel,” says Mr Porter Buying & Sales Director Toby Bateman to D’Marge. Spring 2016 is set to be a sartorial adventure land for the Mr Porter customer who appreciates these pioneering brands. These handpicked, lesser-known Japanese brands can only be purchased at Mr Porter. Here are our favorite pieces from the collaborative collection.
1. Marvy Jamoke
This Japanese designer name, which roughly translates to “Nice Bad Guy,” offers casual basics, like this slim-fit cotton-blend overcoat, executed with technical precision that reflects designer Keita Sasaki’s love of vintage military gear.
Aloye (which so makes us want to pronounce it as “Aloha”) was launched in 2011 and is known for its “cut and sew” paneled T-shirts, which are created with a sharp eye for color and geometry. The capsule collection focuses on long- and short-sleeved variations of the line’s color-blocked designs in a more subtle palette of white, black, and blue. Check out this Aloye + Beams Panelled Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt.
With the name itself being amazing, this streetwise brand is like taking a walk through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. The designer Daisuke Yokoyama perfectly captures the co-mingling of East-meets-West in his clothes. The capsule collection features a cavalier approach to mixing and matching streetwear influences from opposite sides of the globe that’s fun and easy to wear. Every stylish man should pick up this Sasquatchfabrix+ Beams Embroidered Souvenir Jacket.
This brilliant line, designed by Daisuke Kamide, aims to redefine the idea of workwear, which has changed radically since the term itself came into our lexicon. Teatora is for the man who works the nine-to-five office job or, as it says somewhat poetically on the Teatora site, for “creators battling in work chairs.” It’s a collection of sharp, smart-casual tailoring designed with function in mind. We recommend this Teatora+ Beams One Day Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt.
5. Kics Document
Kics Document is all about Japanese craftsmanship, which means that every product is 100% sourced in Japan, from the fabrics that are selected from local mills, to the craftsmen themselves who bring it all together. The brand’s specialty is impeccably made shirts in classic textiles, but with subtle design twists.
The name of the brand speaks the truth: The “slow” in its name refers to its design and manufacturing process — the careful attention that’s paid to each one of its workwear-inspired products. Designed by Ichiro Nakatsu, the capsule collection focuses on aged denim and patchwork pieces rendered in custom-woven fabrics that achieve the perfect vintage feeling, reminiscent of garments from the 1950s and ’60s. Check out these orSlow+ Beams Ivy 107 Straight-Leg Distressed Denim Jeans.
This shoe brand (one we can’t wait to get our hands, er-feet on) started in 1873, producing traditional tabi boots for workmen (similar to a plimsole-like piece of footwear), but today offers a line of pleasingly utilitarian sneakers that reflect the brand’s rich history. The capsule collection features slip-on and lace-up sneakers, all in understated palette of black, white, and off-white. The sneakers are a minimalist’s dream.