to amend to that story: Like February of 2009, I start running low on funds - I'd used up the taco truck money buying Rick Owens at retail, drinking, and we went to Tokyo to party with djrajio and eat burgers and buy plastic burgers at Kappabashi-dori. So I get this part-time job teaching English, I'm excited because it's like $3000 a month for not much work... I get in there, it's a mess, i have two bosses and one is a huge bitch to me. I'm standing there in this tiny classroom wearing head to toe Raf Simons, and kids are looking at me like 'what are you?' and I am looking back at them thinking 'don't do this to me, man'... anyway it was ok, except I can't hear (lost most of my hearing) so teaching English isn't the most suitable job for me, and they caught on after a month and cornered me on it, and I had to quit, so I'm back to looking for something to do after that. Odd occurrence related to that: I'm browsing facebook one day recently, it turns out both of the bosses I had at that job moved back to America, the one really bitchy one got married and I'm looking at the photos, and the other boss is a bridesmaid, and one of the groomsmen is sleazie ninja number 47.. lol I guess if you start moving in certain spheres, all these orbits will eventually collide. Anyway, I never planned on making leather jackets, I was there that spring of 2009 watching the varsity jacket thread on sufu blow up, and thought I could make one that people would like, and so I took on that challenge and got that done... and then later in the summer I realized I'd been making jackets with leather, and I gave a full leather jacket in some styles I liked a try - it turned out I was pretty good at it for a first timer. aeglus wears the original Moto I made, and I<3Bacon wears the black Bomber prototype still. So I added those to the regular menu, and that was really where ToJ became serious for me.
Reading the story reminds me of the book The Game, where several dudes who talked via the 'net meet up in real life and rented a mansion in L.A. to host classes on how to be a player, more or less. The book is more than that, but yeah.
I don't frequent SuFu so I have no idea who those people are, but cool story though. How did Charly get into the mix?
How old were you when you just packed up from the states?
$3,000 for a part time gig sounds pretty sweet, even by U.S. standards!
Lastly, don't mind me...when you see me posting frequently in a short period of time, it means I'm bored to death at work.
One of my girlfriend's friends is having his memoirs published. I spent last night/today reading all 300+ pages of an early copy. Drew's last two posts were about a thousand times more interesting (and only took a minute to read) (0).
I think I'm gonna throw on my bomber and go pick up dinner.
One of my girlfriend's friends is having his memoirs published. I spent last night/today reading all 300+ pages of an early copy. Drew's last two posts were about a thousand times more interesting (and only took a minute to read) (0). I think I'm gonna throw on my bomber and go pick up dinner.
300 pages? wow, would love to read that. /no sarcasm
Wow quite the story! Penthouse would of been cool.
When did charly come into the picture? Tell us uncle drew!
haha. cool story hansel, right?
As for the two main guys, dizzhizz, and Charly, this is how they come into the story:
dizzhizz, I've known this guy for a long time. I was selling something on sufu, he wanted to buy it and have me bring it down to him on his lunch break - he was working like 5 minutes from where I lived at that time, this is like 2006. So I take him this jacket and we hit it off really well, and we hang out a bit after that, until I leave Korea for awhile. I spend about a year in America, and then we do the TOJ return to Korea plan thing I mentioned above in 2008.
So dizzhizz is slogging away at his job trading securities, I'm bumming around and then TOJ goes off that summer. I tell him to meet up with me and I show him the TOJ leathers before anyone else gets to see them, and I tell him to quit his job and start working with me... and so he did. And we were two dudes making clothes. We worked on the peacoat, the daypack, all that stuff that came after the leathers.
Charly, he was visiting the summer TOJ was taking off, and I took a liking to him and told him he should come work for TOJ too. He had a semester left in college and then he came on the snowiest day in Korea ever. And so we have been working together as three ever since, over a year now.
A quick pic of the blacked-out DR taken from shitty phone in the spoilers below (original runway styling ). The image quality doesn't do justice to the quality of the leather at all (see Vaio's pic above to see it's true beauty), it's more to show the blacked-out look. Despite the crappy quality, I think this captures the look and feel of the black hardware closer to what it is irl (the left side at least, lol).
Like I said before, the main difference between the blacked-out look and the normal look is the blacked-out look really plays down the technical details of the jacket (i.e the zips and shit). Plays them down quite a bit actually.
I love the look of the normal zips, I think the detailing is quite beautiful, but I think there are a lot of fits that will benefit from the black zips, particularly ones which don't want the attention focused on the zips. Like Unicorn said before too, from a distance the styling won't be so obvious, then BAM, up close they'll be feeling the full brunt of TOJ steeze.
I'm standing there in this tiny classroom wearing head to toe Raf Simons, and kids are looking at me like 'what are you?' and I am looking back at them thinking 'don't do this to me, man'...
You know how there are always certain cues, or psychological triggers, that PTSD victims associate with trauma? A car backfiring being mistaken for gunfire is the easy one, but it can be anything. An object, or a trigger word, or a color. Reading this sentence very nearly caused me physical pain. You need to work in the industry to understand.