Overdesign don’t bother with a theme for their winter collection, and you know what? They really don’t need one. If you know who they are then you already know what to expect and you won’t be disappointed, if you aren’t familiar then you are in for a masterclass in classy adult Japanese street style.
The collection is as usual proudly made in Japan and has a wealth of fresh silhouettes using classic Japanese denim, remade items using vintage and plenty of hand detailing. And on the subject of detailing, all damage, rips and hand-stitching are done by the designer Kosuku Matsui himself – how many brands can boast that?
This is quite simply classic Japanese rock styling done right, and yes it may not be massively different from the past collections, but that really does not matter. Some things just work the way they are and don’t need more than a nudge in a certain direction each season. It is like the models’ old-school tattoos, you know what you are getting and you really can’t go wrong.
But there are some really nice touches here, like the use of contrasting leather for the repairs.
And the construction on these jeans is absolutely amazing. You might have seen similar reconstructed jeans to these in the past, but I am willing to bet that you have never seen a pair done so flawlessly.
I like the echo of the box motif in the jeans here – certainly not over-designed…
If in doubt spend your money on tattoos, even if it means you can’t afford a shirt…
If you are looking to buy outside of Japan, then unless you are in Hong Kong you are well and truly out of luck. There is a webshop but you will have to use a shopping service to buy from them. If you are lucky enough to be in Japan there are a good number of stockists of which I heartily recommend Resist in Harajuku as one of the best shops for this kind of fashion. Price-wise outside of the hand-made artisanal items this is no more than you would pay at 109 Mens which I think is a good point for a casual brand personally (especially for Japanese denim). The stand-out items are the artisanal ones which are always going to be the stars of the show for me, and the fact that they are hand-crafted by the actual designer makes them a safe bet for my yen.
In terms of further reading you should really read the designer’s blog and rest-assured that I will have more faultlessly cool Japanese street fashion for you soon.