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The Japanese Repro Clothing Thread (Real McCoys, Freewheelers, Etc.)

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Beams Plus has WW2-y and post Nam boonie repro-ish things, though I believe they size quite small.

Orslow has the same kinds of choices (Daisy Mae and boonie), and you can find those in a bunch of make ups (this year I think I've seen both in denim, fatigue green, and ecru), and if you are really committed to keeping the sun off you their wide brim is not ******* around.

There's always Engineered Garments (bucket and bucket with many pockets).

I also have an unfulfilled desire for Kapital fishing hats - both the regular and distressed versions of this one haunt my dreams.
 

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Apparently they're increasing costs across the board within the next few seasons to recoup losses from COVID is how I understood it. Gotta buy now while the going is good I suppose.
I'll keep sticking to celluloid/barnstormer/lost&found until it becomes OD.
 

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I'll be curious to see what RMC prices actually look like this year in Japan, as buying from US retailers never made much sense anyway. I'm always expecting to see a few hundred to a few thousand yen increase depending on the product but can see them going up significantly more than that for the local japan market. I'll find out in a few months though haha.
 

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The general squeezing out of the middle, as one forum member has been calling it. It does seems that the steady increase in prices has made formerly lower-tier brands eek into mid-tier territory. Not that that applies here, exactly.
 

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Beams Plus has WW2-y and post Nam boonie repro-ish things, though I believe they size quite small.

Orslow has the same kinds of choices (Daisy Mae and boonie), and you can find those in a bunch of make ups (this year I think I've seen both in denim, fatigue green, and ecru), and if you are really committed to keeping the sun off you their wide brim is not ******* around.

There's always Engineered Garments (bucket and bucket with many pockets).

I also have an unfulfilled desire for Kapital fishing hats - both the regular and distressed versions of this one haunt my dreams.
Love that first BP one.
Oof, the Orslow ones are expensive and the EG ones are weird!
Luckily the Kapital ones don’t appeal…
 

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Yeah, I mean there are better value propositions for hats out there (Battenwear camp crushers seem to be on sale in a bunch of places and I love mine, the re-enactor cheapros are usually pretty good and always inexpensive, Bronson or similar from China). But these are germane to this thread.
 

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I'm curious how a lot of US based heritage stores operate and if we are in for some changes in the coming years. The prices have gotten to a point where US retail makes no sense for me, baring something it's something I desperately want. Case in point, BlueinGreen sells Resolute 711 jeans for $345, whereas you can buy on BEARS for $190 shipped. I'm aware Iron Heart implemented a pricing change so that US retail isn't undermined by their Japanese retailers.. I wonder if other brands will feel the pressure to do the same. Additionally, how large is the heritage market really? With most people having limited discretionary spending (and those who are interested in $200+ jeans and $300+ shirts even smaller) and many stores carrying the same product which is getting more and more expensive, at what point do people say enough and lose interest all together.

Still not at that point myself, though.
 

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I'm curious how a lot of US based heritage stores operate and if we are in for some changes in the coming years. The prices have gotten to a point where US retail makes no sense for me, baring something it's something I desperately want. Case in point, BlueinGreen sells Resolute 711 jeans for $345, whereas you can buy on BEARS for $190 shipped. I'm aware Iron Heart implemented a pricing change so that US retail isn't undermined by their Japanese retailers.. I wonder if other brands will feel the pressure to do the same. Additionally, how large is the heritage market really? With most people having limited discretionary spending (and those who are interested in $200+ jeans and $300+ shirts even smaller) and many stores carrying the same product which is getting more and more expensive, at what point do people say enough and lose interest all together.

Still not at that point myself, though.
It's a bubble for sure, I have nothing but a hunch that many retailers will feel the squeeze soon or have covertly already started too. The entire market is built on this hypocrisy of "buy fewer things that are built to last" while also fully cashing-in on the season-cycle of fashion. Lots of people are totally cool with that, including myself, but at a certain point I don't need another chambray shirt.
 

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Intrigued in bucket hats, thinking the Tilley T1, any other preferred versions out there? Not Japanese obviously, but there are a few makers from there that make them, yeah?
I have the Pherrows hat that's a remake of the reversible USAAF survival hat. It's great because it's adjustable, held up really well in the jungles and streets of the Philippines!
 

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I'll be curious to see what RMC prices actually look like this year in Japan, as buying from US retailers never made much sense anyway. I'm always expecting to see a few hundred to a few thousand yen increase depending on the product but can see them going up significantly more than that for the local japan market. I'll find out in a few months though haha.
The Toyo price increase pushed a lot of the jackets into a completely different price tier, RMC will probably be worse imo
 

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I have the Pherrows hat that's a remake of the reversible USAAF survival hat. It's great because it's adjustable, held up really well in the jungles and streets of the Philippines!
Nice, I hope never to travel to places that are hot enough to actually justify the use of such lids, I just like the style!
 

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