While there are plenty of obscure high end Japanese trends most of us aren't cool enough for, this thread is specifically for one that is currently taking over the hearts of a subset of SW&D. I'm talking of course about all these fun crazy-pattern-based designers that would make even the most advanced MC pattern matchers cry uncle. Anything goes here - tribal, tartan, abstract - doesn't matter just post it up if you see something cool. I realize I mention specifically these "pattern-based" designers but there is room for everything here, particularly anything that involves playful or interesting twists on classic menswear/americana/heritage/tech.
Post up collections, inspirations, street style, stuff you see for sale on regular retailers or Rakuten/Y!J, news on US/CA/EU retailers carrying these collections, whatever you think is cool and relevant. I can imagine some mountaineering influenced stuff (think some Nonnative, North Face Purple Label) making it's way in here, as well as some techy stuff (Undercoverisms tech) and AmericanaRedux (think Junya or EG's more out-there offerings). No rules just fun clothes!
Very soon I'll be updating this OP with some good external resources, but right now my favorite by far is Jamesy. He posts a combination of collections and individual pieces for sale typically, but there is plenty out there he is missing and we can find it! I only include this today without having my full list ready because I feel his blog is very in-tune with what I imagine this thread will be, and to get things rolling.
Some designers to keep an eye out for, with SF darlings at the top leading into the more obscure stuff:
Needles (Part of Nepenthes)
Nanamica Manastash (US based although not available domestically)
Fumito Ganryu (ex pattern designer for Junya)
Edited by tween_spirit - 7/27/11 at 9:21am