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Month: April 2018

BAPE x Porter Collaboration Collection

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, streetwear brand BAPE has joined forces with Yoshida Kaban, or Porter, on a series of exclusive bags and apparel. Shark hoodies in BAPE’s signature camo print, graphic t-shirts, and a bomber jacket go on sale April 25 only at the Porter stores in Tokyo and Shinagawa stations. The second grouping of products in the collab drops May 19 at the same stores and includes many of Porter’s most iconic styles, reimagined in BAPE camo. There will be a helmet bag, day pack, key case, travel case, and sacoche (a small pouch with strap). This...

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Amezaiku, Handmade Candies from Japan

Most sweets and candies these days are made in factories and come pre-wrapped for sale in supermarkets, convenience stores and big-box stores. But this was not always the case. If you’ve ever been to a festival in Japan, there’s a chance you’ve seen a candy artist swiftly but carefully pulling, stretching, clipping and bending liquid sugar into fantastical shapes before it hardens. This is a Japanese art called amezaiku, and there are only a few dozen artists left in Japan who practice it. Luckily, there are a few shops were amezaiku candy can be purchased year round. The small,...

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Featured Store: Rakuma (Fril)

Imagine a place where you can find great deals on pre-owned items in good condition, including everything from designer fashion to musical instruments. This is the store formerly known as Fril and now called Rakuma. It differs from auction sites in that each item has a set price, but products are listed by individual. sellers, meaning there’s a huge amount of variety. You can find women’s and men’s apparel items such as tops, jackets, dresses, pants, skirts and much more. There are also accessories including bags, shoes, wallets and jewelry. Brands represented include GU, Zara, Nepenthes, BAPE, Candy Stripper,...

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