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22 June 2015

Jacket Required AW15 x The Trends - Asia

The enigma of Japan has captured the interest of brands and consumers across the world, with "Made in Japan" becoming a regular occurrence throughout the menswear scene. Japan's first ever selvedge denim dates back to 1972, and since then has become renowned for creating some of the world's best denim, with brands craving the "Japanese selvedge denim" attribute. Manufacturing methods in Japan tend to be traditional, incorporating techniques such as Sashiko stitching - a form of functional embroidery, and have been used to create clothing inspired by the country's appreciation for Americana. Jacket Required autumn/winter 2015 saw the introduction of several new Japanese brands of who have adapted these local techniques.

FDTML aka Fundamental are a Tokyo based denim and indigo brand who create bespoke denim outside of their ready-to-wear collection. Their creation concept is based around predictions of who wears the denim, what they do and at what time, believing that each pair of jeans can show diverse changes depending on the wearer. "We used traditional methods to produce technological and modern clothing - we like to learn from the past. Jeans are originally from America, so we use a Japan based factory to make American inspired clothing with the essence of Japanese classic style."

One of the most intriguing elements of Japan is its culture and living habits. Sock brand Chups have observed the local appreciation for socks as most bars & restaurants require you to take your shoes off. Also citing American inspiration and using traditional methods, their socks are created using 7-8 colours with each machine producing just over 20 socks a day. "Made in Japan is a brand itself. We produce our socks in Japan because of communication - we like to go to the factory and we don't need to travel too far, and when we need to go we're working with people who love socks."













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