It’s no secret that we at Caliroots have a soft spot for Japanese products and design. Whether it’s streetwear, designer clothing or home accessories; the extreme attention to detail and fabrics, craftsmanship and well informed design references that Japanese brands tend to display makes our hearts skip a beat. Explore our selection of Japanese brands below.
Undercover is a legendary Japanese label created by designer Jun Takahashi, or Jonio, in 1993 and is one of the original brands from Ura-Harajuku movement. Undercover produces fine garments influenced by punk and is defined by Jonio as "Strange, but beautiful" and continues to be one of the most important fashion brands out of Japan.
Legendary Japanese streetwear company Neighborhood was founded 1994 by Shin Takizawa. The brand is a strong part of the movement of designers who started their brands in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in the mid 90s. And that is where the name Neigborhood heads from. The brand is heavily influenced by music, youth sub cultures and the founder's love for motorcycle culture.
Tokyo-based collectible toy company started in 1996 with the desire to make things that they wanted rather than creating products based on marketing. This has turned out to be a success story, attracting pretty much everyone in the world interested in design and art. Medicom Toy is perhaps most famous for the Bearbrick series, with designs created in collaboration with esteemed artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, clothing brands and designers ranging from Nike and A Bathing Ape to Chanel and cultural phenomenon such as The Simpsons, Marvel and Daft Punk.
As its name suggests, orSlow transcends traditional seasons in fashion. Founded by Ichiro Nakatsu, orSlow’s apparel is created with the outmost care using the finest Japanese fabrics. A brand that represents timelessness, both by design and by way of production.
Wacko Maria is a Tokyo-based brand established in 2005. Wacko Maria is founded upon director Mori-san's love of music, resulting in a collection of unique, high quality apparel with a mid century appeal. Famous for the quirky hawaiian shirts and cool printed military gear, Wacko Maria has a found a devoted following across the globe.
The roots of Japanese luggage brand Porter dates back to 1935 when Kichizo Yoshida set up the Yoshida Kaban company the goal create "a bag that fits to the owner as time passes and becomes a regular part of their lives". Since then Porter has become one of the worlds most beloved bag brands, with every product living up to the original philosphy of "One Stitch All Soul".
Hender Scheme is a perfect manifestation of Japanese Shokunin craftsmanship and the pursuit of creating the best possible product. Mostly known for their ”Homage" footwear range, where some of the most iconic sneakers designs are lovingly replicated by hand in natural leather, yet Hender Scheme has so much more to offer. The brands offering of leather goods ranges from footwear to home accessories, all produced in Tokyo’s historic Asakusa district, where artisans still manufacture product by hand.
Visvim is a legendary brand born in Harajuku, Japan in 2000. visvim focusses on the highest level of craftmanship and creates products using some of the finest materials available, often created exclusively for visvim. visvim's designs are informed by founder Hiroki Nakamura's travels and a deep respect for the traditions and craft of native cultures across the globe.
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