Where does Japanese street wear draw its inspiration? TOKKOU tells their story

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On the picture: Tokkou Japanese Denim Shirt, £254.00

Chiikimittyaku LLC (t/aTOKKOU) is a contemporary Japanese fashion house brand based in London with traditional Japanese roots at its core. TOKKOU’s cutting edge designs take inspiration from Japanese youth subculture Bousou-zoku. Run by juvenile delinquents in the early 1970s, over 800 teams drove customized motorcycles in biker gangs displaying anarchy against Japanese mainstream society.

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The traditional style involves jumpsuits similar to those of manual Bousou-zoku labourers or leather military jackets with baggy pants and tall boots. This uniform became known as the Tokkou-fuku, which was often personalised through customised embroidery of poetry, drawings, thoughts or policies.

Upon graduating middle school in Japan, youths wear Sotsu-Ran also tailored to reflect the individual’s personality. The 2019 Spring/Summer collection Shine in the Dark is defined by combining genuine Japanese Tokkou-fuku and Sotsu-Ran’s fabrics with traditional Japanese processes and sewing techniques.

The collection covers men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, designed by characteristics of Bousou-zoku through tailoring, considered design and striking embroidery.

Dive into the world of Japanese subculture and tradition and discover Japanese street wear like no other.

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