With a distinctive, subculture-influenced approach to design, Japan’s streetwear brands have attracted a die-hard following. Here, two global followers - the Milan-based photographer Alessandro Furchino Capria and Brooklyn-based artist Gianni Lee - reveal how they became fans, and select their favourite pieces from the season. Shop the edit below.
‘I grew up in West Philadelphia. It made sense to take my pictures in my hometown, because that’s where my love for Japanese culture first started. I love the fashion – I think the best way to describe how I dress would be an anime superhero on his day off, so I would say I definitely incorporate elements of the Japanese culture into my style. And it’s not just the clothing that I’m drawn to, I’m obsessed with all forms of Japanese art books – they really speak to me as an artist.’ In shot: Gianni wears jacket by PORTVEL.
‘I like the way Japanese streetwear brands merge contemporary culture into pieces that are fundamentally very well made. Visvim has to be one of my favourites - Hiroki Nakamura has such good taste and his work is incredible. Undercover is another really interesting brand that I love. I like to feel confident in what I’m wearing, and clean and simple streetwear pieces that are both interesting and considered is how I do that each day.’ In shot: Alessandro wears shirt by Visvim, T-shirt by Sophnet and trousers by Neighborhood.
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