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Six Stories of GORE-TEX: Hiroki Nakamura of VISVIM

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Originally launching with a footwear line in 2000, VISVIM head-honcho Hiroki Nakamura has continued to expand the brand by offering a expertly executed apparel, accessories and lifestyle items, all of which are a vehicle for sophisticated design and unparalleled levels of functionality.

Technical materials such as GORE-TEX sit seamlessly in amongst the roster of fabrics in Nakamura’s innovative new designs that are built to last while remaining true to their roots in traditional craftsmanship. In this interview with Hypebeast, the Japanese-designer explores the fabric’s potential when infused with the natural indigo dyes both visvim and F.I.L. are known for, as well as chatting about VISVIM and his relationship with clothing in general.

Head over to Hypebeast for the full article or take a look at our latest range from VISVIM.

The second drop from the VISVIM A/W’14 collection is due online next week, for more information please email us at [email protected].
 
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Images courtesy of Hypebeast.

Visvim AW14 ‘Dissertation on ‘Patina” – Online Now

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

‘Dissertation on ‘Patina’, the title of the AW14 collection from Visvim, takes its name from designer Hiroki Nakamura’s relationship with the concept of Patina itself and the ways in which he has sought to explore it through his own work, seeking to create objects that age well over time.

From the beauty of oxidised metal on a vintage motorbike left to fallow to the characteristic ageing on a product that has been used, re-used, loved and lavished with care throughout a long lifespan, the way in which Nakamura concern himself only with the most worthwhile notions of patina has given birth to a fascinating new collection touching on classic Visvim designs an debuting brand new silhouettes.

Separating ‘Patina’ from it’s passive connotations, this AW14 is designed to inspire you to wear in an item with love and care, creating beauty through a patina that has been achieved with purpose, through the action of the wearer.

Translating the level of care and attention throughout every single aspect of the collection, Nakamura designs each piece not just from the pattern up, or even from the fabric up, but from the yarn itself, striving to deliver the best product possible, one that reveals the hard work put into it over time.

A collection that shows just why this visionary Japanese designer has cemented his brand at the top of the game, the AW14 collection from Visvim is online now.

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visvim Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

One of the most highly anticipated drops of the year, visvim always garners worthy attention for its unique urban-folk aesthetic that has been mastered by Japanese-design legend Hiroki Nakamura.

The Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook adheres this aesthetic with heavy doses of Americana fused with timeless pieces all set against a mid-west canyon/forest setting. Western shirts and sherpa lined jackets sit alongside cable knits, parkas and classic oxford whilst the selection of footwear and accessories that underline the collection’s rugged look.

The visvim Autumn/Winter 2014 collection is due in the coming weeks, whilst the latest drop is now online.
 
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VISVIM – The Latest Spring/Summer 2014 Drop

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The latest from Visvim is now online here at END., with two new versions of two of their best loved styles infused with the new Geo Patchwork textile.

The FBT is considered by many to be a genuine modern classic, the epitomy of Visvim designer Hiroki Nakamura’s appropriation of artisanal techniques combined with his utilisation of some of the best contemporary technology and a silhouette with is a success time and time again.

For 2014 the FBT has been draped in plush suede uppers sourced from the UK, a hand stitched moccasin toe and the iconic detachable fringe has taken on the SS14 collections graphic print Geo Patchwork textile, an iteration that well and truly stands up the the history of this celebrated silhouette.

One of the finest Oxford shirts available, the Visvim Albacore Shirt is as much a part of the brands DNA as the FBT, cut from  a top quality Giza cotton oxford and finished with a carefully selected array of detailing, it has also taken on the unique Geo Patchwork textile for SS14.

Online now, head to the VISVIM section to take a proper look at these amazing pieces of design.

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Visvim – Brand in Focus

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A true Auteur, Visvim designer Hiroki Nakamura’s creative vision shines through in everything the storied Japanese brand does, thanks in part to his all encompassing level of creative control.

Each Visvim collection sees Nakamura take on a huge range of classic styles, recreating oxford shirts, classic sneakers and long-established outwear design in line with his ultra-specific vision.

Inherent to his approach is the desire to create pieceswith a definite sense of strength and power, achieved by his rigorous research into artisanal techniques and by utilising raw materials from around the world.

Visvim footwear is often constructed from a range of exotic materials that other designers would never consider, like ballistic Nylon making up the uppers of the cult classic Christo Sandal, graphic printed suede on the classic Skagway and rare Kudu leather uses for their hyper technical Virgil boots.

This attitude towards materials extended far beyond their footwear, with Egyptian Giza cotton used for their signature Juneau and Albacore Oxford shirts – some of the best examples money can buy, rare 12oz blue selvedge used across their range of denim designs and Gore-Tex backed, sulphur dyed corduroy used alongside Coyote fur hood lining on their superbly substantial outerwear.

Online now and available to purchase online, take a look at the latest offerings from Mr. Nakamura in our Visvim section now.
 
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VISVIM AW13 – ‘Dissertation on a man with no country’

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

‘Dissertation on a man with no country’, the title of the AW13 collection from Visvim sums up the themes of national identity, ethnic iconography and artisanal construction which are so important to this, and all of designer Hiroki Nakamura’s work.

Through his design Nakamura is exploring an individual’s relationship with their surroundings, experimenting with the idea of identity and juxtaposing traditional techniques and aesthetics across international boundaries.

A key example of this is the wide and varied selection of natural materials used for Visvim’s clothing and footwear, boots are constructed from the leather of exotic animals and garments are cut from rare and impressive materials.

Surprise and delight details have always been a staple of Nakamura’s craft, shirts are constructed with one of a kind flourishes and footwear is put together with a forward thinking and directional attitude that few designers could hope to match up to.

The AW13 collection focuses heavily on these kinds of details, with this season’s signature pattern playing a particularly important role. Every year Nakamura selects a unique fabric and applies it across his designs and this year he has selected an indigo dyed calico print canvas, an iconic motif from American history. This iconic print adds a distinct edge to t-shirts, shirts and boots across the collection, worked into the design of each item in unique way.

To explore the first release from this fascinating collection, head through to our Visvim collection now.
 

 

 

 
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VISVIM – SS/13 Drop 2

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Hiroki Nakamura is a man who has very little interest in the perfect products that can be produced through modern manufacturing methods. He’s a man more concerned with character. Nakamura, the founder and head designer for VISVIM, has solidly produced collections for consisting of understated, timeless pieces that belie that incredible level of effort paid to functional design and premium materials.

Reappearing for SS13 is the Serra Boots, a VISVIM staple, this time constructed with vegetable tanned Horween leather uppers and lining made from un-tanned leather, making it soft, supply and extremely breathable. These first class uppers sit on top of a cork footbed, TPU heel stabilizer and surgically enhanced EVA Phylon midsole ensuring the functionality of the Serra. The 7 Hole 73-Folk boots are also back for this seasons collection, featuring hand sewn cowhide leather and Japanese canvas uppers and the classic, military inspired wrap around laces and brass Riri zip side entry.

Dedication to create pieces that will stand the test of time has always been a focus of Nakamura’s. Through working with skilled artisans and focusing on tried and tested production techniques he has succeeded time and time again in this and the SS13 is no different. The Patrician WT Hi-Folk is a perfect example of this, with a cork footbed, bamboo shank and TPU Stablizer, they are sure to remain comfortable for years to come With this focus on longlasting durability in mind, the Patrician WT Hi-Folk features a hard wearing VIbram sole which, in the unlikely case that it will every have to be, can be easily replaced thanks to its hand stitched goodyear welt construction.

The collection also has strong offerings outside of the world of footwear. The Juneau Weld Noto Giza Shirt, another staple of the brand, this time features a tapestry style fabric on its weld chest pocket and is constructed from a strain of giza cotton, the highest grade of cotton in the world, developed exclusively for VISVIM. The focus on materials does not stop there, with the SS102 One Wash Jacket constructed from a rare, 12oz green selvedge denim spun in Japan, a material which truly deserves to be called premium.

To peruse Hiroki’s offerings for SS13, head to the Visvim section now.

 

Visvim – Autumn/Winter 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Hiroki Nakamura’s Visvim return to End with the first delivery from their highly anticipated Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. As ever, the range perfectly showcases the level of craftsmanship and expertise that goes into delivering every piece Visvim, mixing premium materials with an unwavering attention to detail.

The first drop is footwear-heavy, comprising six classic Visvim silhouettes. The Skagway Hi Oka has an all-American classic profile, reminiscent of the classic Chuck Taylor, given a true Nakamura dynamic with distinctive striped cotton uppers. In contrast, the iconic Grizzly Boot is comparatively muted, with natural vegetable-tanned cowhide constructed uppers and rugged Vibram lug-sole unit. The highlight of the footwear has to be the FBT Bearfoot Pizi Folk FBT, an updated version of Visvim’s most iconic shoe, available in three colourways. The Bearfoot has a very natural aesthetic, with the use of premium suede, woven ‘bead’ detailing and a stream-lined sole unit. The footwear collection is neatly complemented by pieces from the clothing collection. One of the quintessential pieces from the Visvim catalogue, the Albacore shirt is the archetypal Oxford shirt constructed from a premium cotton and accented with its distinctive pattern panel running along the sleeve.

As usual this latest Visvim drop is extremely limited, we would advise heading over to the Visvim section now for a closer look…
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visvim Summer 2012 Back Packs

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Visvim originally forged their name as manufacturers of cutting-edge footwear that combined traditional techniques with modern processes in a way nobody had ever seen before. Today their range goes far beyond the likes of iconic FBT and Christo, incorporating clothing, accessories and of course back packs.

As is the case with their footwear, Hiroki looks both forward and back in the design of Visvim’s now legendary rucksack series, citing the packs used in early Arctic exploration and those designed during the 60-70s hey day of American outdoorwear as a catalyst for his latest designs, combining them with innovative modern fabrics and treatments to create new levels of functionality and aesthetics.

The latest offerings from Visvim’s Back Pack series are distinctly summery, with painted floral patterns and corduroy and canvas in light, KONBU treated hues throughout. As ever, no stone is left unturned during the design process, and as such, the detailing is unsurpassed, with Kudu suede detailing, ergonomically shaped straps and back panels alongside numerous variations of access points, media routing and pocket placement. This combination of robust, time-honoured construction methods with forward-thinking design ethos means each pack will last years, resisting the rigours of every day usage.

As ever, numbers are extremely limited, head over to the VISVIM section now, for a closer look.

Visvim Lamina 22L Picaro Rucksack

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The latest piece from Hiroki Nakamura’s uber-label Visvim keeps up the brand’s ethic of focusing on craftsmanship, choice of materials and fine attention to detail. An update of ever popular Lamina Rucksack, the Picaro Series utilises ‘Konbu’ baked nylon; an extremely durable, lightweight material which will keep your belongings secure without feeling like you have the world on your back.

The innovatively treated, over-dyed Japanese nylon is one of a number of carefully considered materials used in the rucksack’s construction. The Picaro features contrast denim panels at the base (light wash on beige and navy colourways, dark grey on black), which makes the bag more robust, as well as adding a flash of colour.

The Lamina is finished with tonal baby cord nylon panels and shoulder straps to the rear of the bag, with Swiss RIRI zips and hand sewn cow hide zip pulls used throughout. In our opinion, this is a great piece of luggage and a perfect example of Visvim’s design ethos in practice.

To see the Lamina 22L Picaro Rucksack in more detail or our selection of Visvim products, please visit our the Visvim section

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