Redefining the term “power couple”… no, not me and Samuel, it’s Yoon and Verbal! When this talented duo aren’t DJing, producing or consulting, they’re living the high life in Tokyo, and uh, making great accessories too.
I’m sure if you’ve even glanced at Tokyo street fashion previously, not to mention Tokyo’s nightlife scene, then some mention of either Yoon & Verbal or Ambush will have cropped up. For those not in the know, as well as being fashion icons in their own right, Verbal is part of Teriyaki Boyz and m-flo, and Yoon is a DJ and also lends a hand with with PR and brand consulting for Billionaire Boys Club and A Bathing Ape, among others. We sat opposite this creative partnership at GVGV’s catwalk show last October, and I can confirm that it’s true: they are this hideously cool in real life too. Sigh.
You know you’re on to a bit of a winner with Ambush (Yoon and Verbal’s design brand) accessories. Having launched their design endeavours in 2004 with the high-end brand Antonio Murphy and Astro, featuring hip-hop styled jewellery encrusted with diamonds and dripping with gems, the next stage has been Ambush: since 2008, this sub-brand has been highly influenced by Tokyo street trends, and is a little more friendly on your wallet too.
Ambush’s current collection for 2012 features industrial looking screws painted in gold and silver and bright primary colours. A particular favourite here at Tokyo Telephone is the lovely leather spare collar with a giant screw through the collar points – it’s pretty sturdy, and you certainly wont forget you’re wearing it! Also featured are spare cuffs (nice one!), bracelets, belts and necklaces too, available from a few stockists in Tokyo such as GR8 in La Foret and Fake Tokyo in Shibuya – get there quick before they sell out! What I really like about Ambush’s designs are the hyper-real in-your-face quality they have: brash and bold and bright, it’s like the neon of Tokyo streets at night have been transformed into wearable items.
Of course, it’s not just screws that Ambush have produced, we love these older designs too:
Seriously tempted by the bright pink Beethoven!
The infamous eyeball rings…
And finally, some of the best jewellery catalogue photos I’ve ever seen: