The team at Garbstore recently completed their bi-annual buying trip to Tokyo to see the collections from Japanese designers such as Mountain Research, Blurhms and Rhythm Footwear. We are committed to introducing cult and independent brands to the UK, and the high quality of products crafted in Japan ensure they still influence and resonate globally today. As well as sourcing some new brands, we were lucky enough to witness the first cherry blossoms flowering – which is an event in itself that has been celebrated by the Japanese for centuries.
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The second collection of footwear from Garbstore x Reebok takes its cues from early 1970′s TV test card transmission signals. The principles of colour overlay and shape definitions are applied to a series of Reebok’s silhouettes, updating the Classic Leather, Inferno, Sole-Trainer and Instapump Fury. The official launch took place last week in Chen Mi Ji, a vintage furniture store based in Hong Kong specialising in radios and TV sets from the early ’70s.
Watch Hypebeast’s coverage of the event, as they speak to designer Ian Paley about the introduction of Japanese audio-visual technology to the British market, unique details of each shoe, as well as the process of reworking Reebok’s existing styles.
Previously known for 15 years as Rhythm Footwear, RFW is a Japanese sneaker brand started in 1997 by Kanokogi Takashi. RFW focuses on simple and timeless shoes, which are nonetheless highly original in their ingenious ‘upper’ design. Garbstore is proud to introduce RFW to the UK.
Returning for their second season at The Garbstore, LA-based AXS Folk Technology offers a western take on the mountaineering aesthetic that is straight from the peaks of the Japanese menswear scene. Produced in LA, the label merges inspiration from California’s folky past with its outdoorsy present.
Traditional artisan crafts are brought up-to-date with modern dye techniques, while activewear basics are amplified with performance-focused detailing and narrative-led prints, resulting in a collection that is fit for function both on mountaintop and street level.
Originally known as Eleven Vintage, The Quality Mending Company has been on the same block of Prince Street in Lower Manhattan since 2002. The store has always concentrated on stocking rare and unique vintage menswear. The owner of the store, Irish-born Oliver Harkness, has over 20 years of experience in dealing in vintage clothing and sources deadstock American and European pieces for the store.
In 2010, as it became clear that select in-demand items were getting more difficult to track down, The Quality Mending Company introduced its own line of vintage inspired, locally made clothing and accessories. All pieces are hand made in the US – either within two miles from the store, or sewn in their own basement. Garbstore is proud to introduce The Quality Mending Company to the UK with its capsule collection of vintage reproduction pieces.
The first drop from Season 2 of Garbstore and Reebok Classics limited edition collaboration features the Inferno and Sole trainer. The Spring Summer 14 collection titled “Experimental Colour Transmission” takes its inspiration from the television test card transmission signals of the early 1970s. Stay tuned for subsequent releases from the collection.
Inferno trainer by Garbstore x Reebok | A classic 90′s style running shoe featuring Hexalite technology
Sole trainer by Garbstore x Reebok | Hexalite technology, honeycomb design sole, contrast stitching and overdyed label on tongue