in japan, scruffy never went out of style. only there the two can be effortlessly fused and further evolve, and to such an extent it continues to be the envy of sorts of style gurus across the planet, and thus sought after as a distinct look along the way. keizo shimizu is a true style master, known globally in niche circles as the founder of nepenthes, a cult name in retail with just two branches: in tokyo and in new york. shimizu also manages needles, a menswear label with a distinctly japanese take on western workwear, sportswear and military garments, and made in the homeland from beautiful fabrics.
the needles s/s 2015 collection is another great exercise of the man's styling skills, featuring a new range of quirky interpretations. for the new collection linen has been mixed with cotton to ensure cool comfort in hot climes, while traditional japanese dye techniques have been applied to add an ethnic nuance and depth to the various pieces. shown here are seven looks from the needles s/s 2015 collection that we particularly like. the collection is available at select stores across the planet, including haven [vancouver], and of course, nepenthes [new york] and nepenthes [tokyo].