Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hiroshi Fujiwara Is the Living Internet

"Many call Hiroshi Fujiwara the godfather of streetwear. His nod of approval means line-ups that would make Supreme jealous. There aren’t enough hyphens to list all the hats he has worn, so let’s just call him a renaissance man-slash-messiah.

Hiroshi was born around the corner from Ise Jingū, a Shinto shrine that is arguably the most sacred spot in Japan. We can all be thankful that Ise is in the sticks and that our hero was so bored in the boonies that he began scanning the horizon for something more. The punk rock scene was in full swing, and he was off to London as soon as he could manage. There are pictures around of that skinny kid—maybe with Malcolm McLaren—circa 1983. Coming from a country where the rules were strict and business was king, Hiroshi was hungry for new energy. And so he became a pioneer pirate, sailing from one island to another, serving as a cultural conduit..."

for the full interview head over to SSENSE.

source: SSENSE

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Freemans Sporting Club Oiled Canvas Down Parka

this one has it all! oiled canvas shell, 700 fill-power down, 7 pockets, corozo (vegetable ivory) buttons and all made in Japan. get it from here, but be quick as most sizes are already sold out.

pic source: Freemans Sporting Club

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

45 years ago: Technical cooperation between Leitz and Minolta

"The late 60s of the last century saw the great dying once large camera manufacturers in Germany. Emerging Japanese companies not only produced cheaper, but also increasingly better cameras. In this difficult situation, the Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH (now Leica Camera AG) started a successful cooperation with the Japanese manufacturer Minolta in 1971. A business decision that soon proved to be very happy. Just like 1924, when Ernst Leitz II decided to release the Leica which was developed by Oskar Barnack.

How did the cooperation between Leitz and Minolta come to life and how did it evolve, recalled in an interview by the then managing director of Ernst Leitz GmbH, Dr. Knut Kühn-Leitz..."

for the full feature head over to photoscala (in german though, but can be translated on page).

source: photoscala