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Tokyo: Warehouse x Heller’s Cafe

The DDD has been a little bit quiet over the last few days; this is because we’ve been out in Tokyo street-shooting, researching and soaking up the indigo inspiration. On Tuesday of last week, we flew into Tokyo at 10 am and went straight to the Warehouse x Heller’s Cafe presentation in Ebisu, in a bid to fend off our jet-lag!

This ongoing collaboration started in 2008 and always includes some inspirational and artisanal items, being that its a meeting of minds between arguably the most high-quality Japanese denim brand and the most well-regarded vintage dealer in the US! We were very lucky to attend, in that representatives from both companies were present: Larry McKaughan, founder of Heller’s, and Kenichi and Kouji, founders and twin brothers of Warehouse denim.

The collection included some fantastic pieces, including all the expected vintage inspired workwear items such as turn-of-the-century chore jackets, overalls and cinch-back utility pants. But stand-out garments included a beautiful, twisted yarn half-placket shirt with amazing removable collar and cuffs: an unusual design detail to come across in tact on such an old garment, Larry proudly revealed to us. Jackets were particularly strong: a cut-away collar, Type I inspired blouson jacket with pleat front detail and a fabulous leather trucker were stand-out as well as a summer-weight railroad jacket, also in twisted yarn but overdyed in indigo and a hand-sketched, baseball chore in unbleached cotton.

Needless to say, there was a real buzz at the event and major players from the Asian denim world attended including the Lightning team in full force and Benny Seki from Take 5 Hong Kong. We’d love to tell you more about the collection but being straight off a 12 hour flight, its all a bit hazy! All we can say is denim fans will be very impressed with this, their largest collection to date.

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