Thursday, 4th May, 2017
With the recent arrival of visvim to the Apartment shelves, it seems only fitting to highlight what is arguably the most recognisable silhouette from the brand to date. The visvim FBT sneaker has made quite am impact on the streetwear community,ever since it’s first release as a part of founder, Hiroki Nakamura’s second collection in 2001. Nakamura regards footwear as a daily tool and for this reason, believes that quiality and performance are of the highest priority. It is this search for quality that remains the driving force behind visvim design.
Since the original Elk Leather model, the FBT has taken many forms, with variations in design details and materials. The current season offers a rough suede in both Black and Camel. The design takes inspiration for the Native American moccasin with a number of leather and suede details, most notably, the skirting that wraps around the ankle. The current iteration features a solid skirt with leather tie fastening and glass beading detail.
The FBT is known for it’s quality and individuality. This may be due to the contrast between the raw materials of the upper and the more contemporary sneaker sole. The shoe is set on a replaceable Vibram sole with brand detailing on the outer back half. In creating the concept for the FBT, Nakamura was determined to design a product that would fit his criteria of quality materials and construction with a Native American influence, as well as the practicality to be worn in the city. As a result, the sneaker sole was chosen. The Vibram sole compliments the upper, creating an extremely comfortable shoe that is easy and practical to wear.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Founded in 1998, the Head Porter label is an ongoing collaborative project between Tokyo’s “Yoshida Kaban” and streetwear pioneer Hiroshi Fujiwara. Originally known for the production of premium luggage goods, the Yoshida aesthetic is complimented by Fujiwara’s background in streetwear to produce Head Porter Plus.
With a fairly minimal aesthetic, Head Porter Plus finds beauty in the details, prioritising fabric and construction. The Pocket Sweater is a refined take on a classic garment. Obvious details include the front chest pocket with tonal snap button closure and the cotton/polyester blend fabric that has a slight sheen and silky touch. However, mention must be made to the finer details, including the side split seam on the lower hem and scoop neck collar finishing.
With cooler weather on the way, it’s finally time for beanies and denim. The Norse Projects Beanie is made of 100% lambswool and is available in Marginal Blue and Charcoal Melange. Made in Portugal, the beanie is clean and simple with minimal detailing.
Founded in Tokyo in 1969, Edwin is one of the original Japanese denim brands. As the name suggests, the Rainbow Selvedge ED-55 features a multi-coloured selvedge line on the outer leg seam. As a part of their European division, Edwin incorporate the knowledge gained over past decades to create modern interpretations of their vintage models. The current take on the ED-55 model features a heavily distressed denim with a mid wash, allowing for strong variance in the colour of the garment. As the denim is washed and worn, the indigo colour fades accordingly, creating a whiskered appearance. In this case, a further level of distress is taken, as can be seen in the tearing and patchwork detail that runs down the front of the leg. This has definitely been a store favourite from the current season.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Known for their minimal aesthetic and exceptional quality, New York label Common Projects have delivered yet another strong season. Accompanied by the classic Achilles and Tournament silhouettes, this season also sees the reinvention of the Derby. The Cadet Derby is inspired by the stock military dress shoe. Constructed of a soft suede upper, this refined take on the classic dress shoe is certainly unique.
Made in Italy, the Cadet Derby sits atop a crepe sole, allowing for a heightened level of comfort and durability. The light coloured sole and canvas heel pull contrast nicely against the deep navy suede, complimenting the signature size and model number located on the back heel.