Tokyo Candy Store Denim: Gerlan Jeans, Phenomenon and Rene Gurskov

During our recent trip to Tokyo we checked out a wide spectrum of denim design, from the purist and artisanal to the mainstream and, of course, the crazy Tokyo denim lines! The hip kids of Tokyo are known for their directional street style and we dropped by Shibuya stores Candy, Fake Tokyo and the vintage branch BOY where we were loving the latest collections from Gerlan Jeans, Phenomenon and Rene Gurskov.

Gerlan Jeans

Talk about trompe l’œil – this new collection from Gerlan Jeans goes to town with 80s-inspired denim patchwork onto jerseys and wovens. Silhouettes range from classic western jackets and 5-pocket jeans to babydoll dresses and sweatpants. The range has a cheesy-chav, playful attitude and is a love-it-or-hate-it collection (but we have to admit- we love it).


Phenomenon was set up by Japanese rapper Big-O (a.k.a. Takeshi Osumi) in 2004 as a more experimental offshoot of his existing brand, Swagger. The range fuses elements of American hip-hop with that of Japanese men’s street style, and although the F/W collection looks a little crazy styled all together in one outfit, the individual pieces are seriously impressive. We were really drawn to this streetwear brand’s wide-cut jeans and bermudas and loved the back-patch styling on the jackets and shirts. These layered outfits also create a beautiful and directional menswear silhouette for winter 11 and beyond.

Rene Gurskov

Rene Gurskov hails from Copenhagen but has a big following in Japan. For F/W 11 he’s used his love for oversized graphic prints and sportswear styling to create photo-realistic denim printed jerseys with upsized branding and lettering. Silhouettes are also voluminous and relaxed with pleat-front trousers and upsized bedshirts taking center stage. His collections are always full of great inspiration; check out his blog for updates.

For more crazy and inspiring Japanese updates from Candy, check out their Blog.


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