Posts Tagged ‘T-shirts’

Shochiku Kabuki x Uniqlo

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Iconic Japanese clothing store Uniqlo has a tradition of teaming up with other companies to create unique clothing lines drawing from both pop culture icons and traditional designs, especially when it comes to their UT collections.

In 2011 they created more than 30 products with Manga Entertainment based on the popular manga/anime series Naruto.

On the UT floor, customers will find designs paying homage to Keith Haring and Andy Warhol rubbing shoulders with time-honored motifs from Eirakuya, Japan’s oldest cotton textiles trading company.

This month Uniqlo is collaborating with kabuki powerhouse Shochiku Co. to produce a new clothing line inspired by the traditional motifs of Japan’s most famous cultural export.

The line, comprising more than 60 items, will be launched in Paris on March 20 before hitting shelves in Japan on the 26th.

Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, one of kabuki’s most prominent stars, will play a new role as the project’s ambassador. Given the insular tendencies of the the kabuki world, this is quite a milestone.

The T-shirts serve as the collection’s focal point with designs invoking patterns seen in kabuki costumes and the bold colors of kumadori, kabuki stage makeup.

The project was created to merge traditional Japanese art form with modern clothing, featuring pieces with traditional colors and patterns formatted to contemporary designs.

The collection includes both men and women’s clothing as well as accessories and totebags.

Building on the success of its special Nippon Omiyage tees, Uniqlo clearly sees the value of more Made in Japan designs targeted at tourists who want to wear their love of Japan on their short sleeves.

J-blip: Taro Aso ‘gang style’ t-shirts

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Serious stylin'

Serious stylin’

When Finance Minister Taro Aso set off for a G20 meeting earlier this year, he did it in style, sporting a natty felt hat, pulled rakishly down over one eye. No sooner had he stepped out in public in this getup than Twitter was abuzz with comments celebrating the finance minister’s “gangster style.”

Now the outfit has even been immortalized on “Gang Style” t-shirts, sold by Osaka-based brand t-shirts Trinity. The t-shirts have been a big hit, inspiring the company to bring out Taro Aso “gang style” sweatshirts and tote bags.

The t-shirts are only ¥2,980, but if you’d like to get your hands on a hat similar to the one Aso wore, you’re going to have to shell out quite a bit more. Business Media reported that sources close to Aso have said that the hat is probably made by Italian brand Borsalino. The company itself says that a hat in a similar style to Aso’s retails for around ¥90,000. It seems that gangster style comes at a hefty price!

Women sound off on Super Cool Biz fashions

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Where are the lines drawn with super cool biz fashions?

This summer, encouraged by the government’s Super Cool Biz campaign, Japanese men are daring to bare a bit more flesh. As neckties and heavy blazers are discarded, almost anything goes, and many braver businessmen are now sporting calf-length trousers, polo shirts and “aloha shirts.” For the first time female colleagues are seeing their male coworkers in a whole new light, but according to a poll by Nikkei Woman Online, there’s a fine line to be drawn between kakui (cool) and kakkowarui (unattractive).

The poll, published in Nikkei Trendy, reveals that too much flesh in the office can be a bad thing. Revealing tank tops were the most objectionable office-fashion item, with 90 percent of 409 respondents rating this “NG” (thumbs down). Shorts came in a close second, at around 80 percent NG. While most women did not object to plain short sleeve shirts, if the material is sheer, around 60 percent of respondents preferred men to wear a vest underneath to cover up exposed nipples and chest hair.

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Show your support with quake-aid T-shirts

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Zozotown's T-shirt has the names of all supporting brands on its back

Since the quake hit Japan on March 11, devastating northeastern parts of the country, people worldwide have shown their support by giving generously to charities organizing relief efforts in hard-hit regions. Japanese celebrities and brand names are also encouraging people to donate by organizing benefits and releasing special T-shirts, with profits going to the cause. Here are some of the tees that you might want to think about.

Online shopping mall, Zozotown’s Start Today t-shirt, impressively gives all of its ¥2,100 price tag directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. In collaboration with its numerous suppliers (including A Bathing Ape and X-Girl), Zozotown takes care of the manufacturing, handling and postage charges (within Japan). The front is emblazoned with the message “Start Today,” and on the back are the names of all the suppliers who are collaborating in the relief project. The T-shirt can also be bought by overseas buyers (with additional postage costs). At the time of writing an impressive ¥309,908,000 had been donated to the cause.

Chinatsu Wakatsuki's charity t-shirt

AA, the solo project of Ueda Kishi of the rock band Mad Capsule Markets, has come up with a striking black t-shirt that boldly makes its point with “We’re Not Alone” printed on a clenched fist. It costs ¥3,500 and all proceeds, again, go to the Japanese Red Cross. Hardcore rock band Brahman have teamed up with fashion brand Virgo to create their charity tee, also at ¥3,500, with proceeds being donated to relief efforts. On the front, “Wake Up” is printed over a arresting image of a figure with its arms raised, while its back simply states  “Re:Birth.”

Singer Ayumi Hamasaki’s simple “H♥PE” shirt is a feminine white tee, with a pink heart as the “o” in “hope.” Designed in collaboration with ViVi fashion magazine, it’s available for ¥1,500. Similarly using the heart symbol, celebrity idol Chinatsu Wakatsuki, who runs her own successful, if rather unfortunately named brand, W♥C, has based her design on the iconic “I ♥ NY” T-shirt. Her “I ♥ Japan” tees cost ¥2,100 on the W♥C website with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Designers, too, have come together to create original tees, including several international names that can be found on T-shirt printing company Sweatshop Union’s Rebuild project (all tees are ¥1,400 with all profits going to the Japanese Red Cross) and on Tomodachi Calling, with shirts for around $45.


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