With Japan’s ceaseless adoption and reinterpretation of American culture, it is no surprise that the menswear community has seen a myriad of eastern-based labels dabbling in “Americana.” From Japan’s initial adoption of “Ivy League” fashion in the form of VAN Jacket and Beams to the proliferation of streetwear through the Harajuku scene, the once isolated peninsula has become famous for their alleged “perfection” of American style. As Americana begins to fade—forever associated with the earliest days of #menswear, raw denim and Red Wing boots—Japan’s reinterpretations of Western style has mirrored that departure, now more than ever focused on the more experimental aspects of American fashion. This new direction provides a platform for the resurgence of storied Japanese labels, particularly those grounded in the punk-street scene in Harajuku.

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