March 2011

Title: All things WTAPS./23rd entry「Where did we come from, who are we, and where are we headed」

Probably many people are thinking about what they can do now
and we are thinking the same daily.
Not only in times when a large scale event occurs
but from now on; what is it that we will do?
If we do not think now, the opportunity to do so will be lost.
Luckily for us in Tokyo, the daily routine has started to return
and I feel there is much that we can do from our location.
WTAPS will keep on moving.


Naoyuki Inoue / Production

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Title: All things WTAPS./22nd entry「40%uparmored WTAPS®」

I feel it is harder to keep on making without changing
than to change in this world
where trends change at blazing speeds

I think that denim pants and oxford shirts are different in how it is better suited to call them classics and
parkas and T-shirts are something different also.

For WTAPS, the cargo pants with gored pockets on the side of both knees called JUNGLE is an item that does not change regardless of the season.
Minute changes to the sizing and details may happen,
but they are made regardless of how the trends are.

The name on the flap is still the same from way back when;
that is definitely some proof about this.


Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production

All things WTAPS.

Title: All things WTAPS./21st entry「Field jackets」

In the category of fashion, the field jacket is known to be widely used out of the many types of military jackets.
Especially the M-65 is an item that leaves an impression as something the main character in movies wear such as Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, Dustin Hofmann in Kramer vs. Kramer, Christian Slater in True Romance, etc.
and I am sure many people wanted to have one from these images.
But there is no way such pure combat gear is made in a way that will not be awkward wearing for city use.
In the movies Travis and Clarence pull it off clean, but when you actually wear this used gear you realized the shoulders are broad and sleeves are wide. And it actually looks quite bland.
Of course. Let me repeat myself; it is combat gear.
But then again there is the fact it has a certain coolness to it which makes you want to somehow adopt it.
That is why I feel it has been modified and redesigned to create an evolved form of this field jacket which can be found a lot in today’s fashion.
For this season, WTAPS has 2 types in the lineup which are based on this field jacket with updates.
Personally, I cannot wait for the delivery of this RADIO JK.
It is not an M-65 clone, but a jacket with its elements adopted throughout.
The natural worn feel, size of collar, the elbow patches, pocket layout, the balance of body size and length, and details such as removable sleeves; the rush of exaltation when worn is something that words cannot describe for this true masterpiece.


Shiori Etsugu / PR

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Title: All things WTAPS./20th entry「69」

Things that have 2 different characteristics.
Opposites are needed for the co-existence of one another.
Like how there are men and women.
Like how there is black and white.
Like how if something bad happens, something good will happen.
There is dark and there is light.
Things are all as one two-sided
and because of this order can be kept.

This is also a philosophy of WTAPS.


Tetsu Nishiyama / Director

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Title: All things WTAPS./19th entry「Italian collar」

The Italian collar is one of the collar shapes for shirts.
It originated around the mid 1930s from resort shirts which were popular at the time in southern Italy and the shape is based off of sailor’s clothes (sailor collar).
Also known as a one-piece collar, there is no collar base and
one of its characteristics is how it is connected to the body.
The neck area is open to give a nonchalant sexiness
but it has a beauty to it that is definitely not sloppy.
For this season, WTAPS chose this detail for the longer bodied shirts
to suggest a new style.



Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker 

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