June 2012

Title: All things WTAPS./104th entry「When talking about summer」

It seems this year I will be finally able to go camping.
Camping no doubt is a summer thing, and I always used to go,
but the last couple of years I have not been able to.
I can list a bunch of excuses, but put short, I was slacking.
Since it was something I kept doing from when I was a child,
each year I had this sort of uneasy, and kind of guilty feeling;
I ended up feeling murky
but this year it seems I do not have to come up with excuses.

Camping is the whole process where each process is important. Of course the big day, preparation for this day,
and getting squared away after coming back.
Your daily routine and how you work really shows at times like this
so it is also kind of a competitive event.
But at my age there is also family that comes along
so if it becomes like a training camp, they will never come along again.
For them, you have to let them have a fun experience
that they could only have there, in exchange for some convenience.

Creating something within set boundaries adapting to the situation.
This is something that somewhat relates to the usual work.
For WTAPS, these real life experiences get directly reflected;
also there are many things to learn from new regulations.

Many camping goods have been pulled out from the atelier.
I also, need to pull out my tent and sleeping bag this weekend.


Naoyuki Inoue / Production

All things WTAPS.Naoyuki Inoue / Production

Title: All things WTAPS./113th entry「TIGER STRIPE」

Tiger stripe camouflage was used in the 1960s
during the Vietnam War among the South Vietnamese Army
and the U.S. Special Forces
but it was not something officially issued by the U.S. military.
During the Indochina War, the French military wore
a lizard pattern camouflage which the South Vietnamese Army
used after the conflict ended, but supplies ran out,
and local production started by creating a copy of this;
this is what is told as the beginning of tiger stripe camouflage.
Then, the tiger stripe camouflage was used by the South Vietnamese Army and supplied to U.S. Special Forces and
Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, but before it could be supplied to all the units, the troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.
Due to this, there was no certain uniform spec,
so it seems that many different variations in color and pattern exist
depending on location of manufacturing, timeframe, and production lot.

FYI, the short sleeve tiger stripe camouflage t-shirt
which will be available at the end of this month, was worn
as an inner by the designer on the cover of
Did you know this? Please check it out.


Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production

All things WTAPS.Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production

Title: All things WTAPS./112th entry「Fine days work in the field, rainy days sit in and read」

The 2012 AW collection catalog model shoot
was all shot the other day and is done now.
The location was out a bit from Tokyo
and during this season the weather is not stable so
it rained, the ground became wet, the sun hid
and all that, so frustration was creeping up but regardless
of the situation at hand due to our selfish needs, I pushed all that aside;
while resting my feet and mind waiting for the sun to come out,
I do not know the flow of how it happened,
but a sense of appreciation started to stir within.

This time too, the photos are nice.
Maybe a bit presumptuous to say, but I feel it will be something very nice.


Shiori Etsugu / PR

All things WTAPS.Shiori Etsugu / PR

Title: All things WTAPS./111th entry「To drink」

At the atelier, other than lunch, we sometimes gather for tea.
Each one has their own mug and the mugs are all unique;
the designs vary from our own brand to things that mean something personal.
Of course, the drinks also are various.
At the atelier we have a constant stock of mineral water
but the choice of drinks are different among each other;
some must have coffee in the morning, some like their tea hot, some cold,
and some prefer stronger, some prefer weaker.
This is something routine that takes place daily
and it is something important for the daily rhythm and change of mood
in which each one's taste and preference shows.
As for me, when I do patterns, water is a must.


Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker

All things WTAPS.Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker

Title: All things WTAPS./110th entry「About my first camera」

This is my first camera.
It was when I was in the 6th grade.

There was a school event where we were allowed to bring a camera
so everyone was going to bring one from home.
But, at my house we only had one camera that my dad used for work
and it was not something a kid could freely take out. What to do?
I begged persistently to my parents, but one's wishes were not granted easily.

The morning of the event, my father handed me a camera that I had given up on. It was slightly different from what my friends were talking about; a camera that seemed adult and had a feeling of tension. Not something casual, honestly I felt insecure.
During the get ready rush to get out, I received a short lecture and used it at the event without any practice; well, not something you can use easily.

Back then, my father's choice was undoubtedly from an adult perspective.
Someone who did not buy things much, but when he did, he contemplated hard and selected. Even to this day, I feel his standard for choosing this was based on what he wanted himself. That is why when I received it, I remember there was not much of a "yeah!".

But, still to this day, I have a strong impression of his confident expression of the time that said "No doubt, this is the one!"
Although I could not understand when I was at that age where having things different from others gave a slight embarrassing feeling, I later on understood how my father's approach to what he liked or had interest in affected me greatly.

After coming back from the school event, I had the film developed; as expected there were only a few photos that came out normal among the out of focus and contre-jour. Even though the camera arrived in time before going to the event, the results were unfortunate, and my father said this while laughing.
"That was good practice!"
My first camera that was tough for me.
I still valuably have to this day.


Naoyuki Inoue / Production

All things WTAPS.Naoyuki Inoue / Production
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