There's a reason why Japanese fashion is beloved the world over. It's distinct, fun and yet completely wearable. When mixed with a different aesthetic, it's all the more interesting. This could be why Japanese fashion collaborations are more often than not hotly anticipated by many. It's not always just streetwear brands, recent collabs have also featured sportswear labels and heritage brands. Intrigued? Ahead, we list down the most interesting Japanese fashion collaborations to date.
Tailor Toyo x BEAMS
A brand with roots from the post World War II era, Tailor Toyo is known for its sukajan jackets embroidered with Japanese motifs. Back then, it was a popular clothing souvenir that US army men would take home. To personalise it, base names, code names and the year of service are embroidered on the jacket. Now, it has become a Japanese cultural icon adored and sported by the Japanese though it continues to remain popular amongst tourists. Because of their unique appeal, BEAMS has produced pieces of sukajan jackets with limited-edition designs featuring popular districts in Tokyo, dragon motifs and more, in cooperation with Tailor Toyo. Check out the collection at the BEAMS global website.
Palace x Evisu
Evisu collaborating with Palace Skateboards seems to be a natural move since they share a similar fanbase: streetwear and athleisure lovers. So it makes sense to roll out a genuinely thoughtful collab that will delight loyal customers. But even if you're just a casual fan, you would still want a piece of this collection. Aside from denim jackets, which Evisu is known for, it also has hoodies, shirts and other apparel perfect for skaters and non-skaters alike. This drop is an online exclusive and, unfortunately, according to the comments section on Evisu's Instagram, it got sold out a minute after its release. Rumour has it that it will also be available in their physical shops and local stockists, though. Crossing our fingers!