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One of the highlights of The Selby’s ingenious fashion book, Fashionable Selby last year (which took a look at the live/work spaces inhabited by some of the world’s most intriguing fashion creatives), was discovering Blackmeans, three Tokyo designers, for whom original, customised hardcore punk biker jackets provide endless visual inspiration. I was therefore delighted to discover this band of badass creatives included in Mr Porter, the global menswear online retail hub’s batch of designer collaborations with some of Japan’s most exclusive, cult brands. Launching tomorrow, (except for the Blackmeans pieces that will be live from Friday) the Exclusives collaborations include Blackmeans alongside Neighborhood, Beams Plus, Beams T and Remi Relief. It’s no secret that Japanese men take their fashion seriously, and these brands represent some of the country’s prominent style tribes, from Beams Plus’s Palm Springs inspired Americana, to Neighborhood’s indigo-worshipping sportswear styles to Remi Relief, a Japanese take on surfwear. However, the noir aesthetic of Blackmeans, with their reverentially authentic studded bikers and graphics evoking Crass, Discharge and Black Flag era hardcore graphics wins the Sharpened Lead vote for coolest brand in the pack.
Cursors poised now, I’ll see you in the digital queue, elbows at the ready. Remember, the Blackmeans pieces will be available from Friday.
Below, images from Fashionable Selby and then a selection of items from Blackmeans, Neighborhood, Remi Relief and Beams Plus to whet the appetite.