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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

Visvim May Releases

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

As we all know Hiroki Nakamura’s Visvim are renowned for their incredible craftsmanship, attention to detail and choice of materials, and the latest delivery to arrive here at End showcases this perfectly. There’s Visvim’s unique take on couple of wardrobe essentials, in the form of the V+V Shirt and the Border stripe tee. Both come in the finest Egyptian Giza cotton that gives a true quality feel as well as keeping the wearer cool and comfortable at all times.

However it’s the Kudu leather bags and wallets that really set this latest drop apart. The classic wallet and zip wallet both come in premium, hand dyed Kudu-hide suede, which is extremely robust and durable, ideal for something you’re going to carry with you every day. The hugely popular Lamina rucksack series also makes a welcome return, in both the 20 and 22 litre sizes, made from a combination of Kudu leather and Konbu Japanese nylon, which is baked for added strength. As with all previous Lamina packs these two most recent versions have some incredible features such as reinforced, waterproof RiRi zips, hidden gadget pockets and sleeves as well as internal headphone routing, making them perfect for everyday use.

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

 

Visvim SS’11 First Drop…

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Visvim require no introductions, Hiro Nakamura’s uber-brand are one of the most revered names around, garnering universal respect for their forward thinking design that goes beyond trends, pushing boundaries in terms of performance and function. SS11 is, of course, no different, and our first drop features some brand new styles, all full of new ideas and materials yet still quintessentially ‘Visvim’.

The Gris Moc Folk, is a premium re-interpretation of the Native American hunt boot, made from African Kudu suede, the Gris combines soft, natural lines with modern functional detailing such as a Vibram sole and TPU Heel Stabiliser.

Also appearing for the first time is the Yucca Moc Folk, Visvim’s take on the humble boat shoe, made with a distinctly ‘heritage’ feel, premium leather and suede uppers with over-sized stitch detail sit on a thoroughly modern memory-foam footbed and EVA outsole. This early Spring drop is completed by the much-anticipated Flynt Lo – an incredibly well executed version of the surf chukka boot – and a new cut, the 05, in the Sculpture Series jean.

We are all in agreement here that our proverbial appetites have all been ‘whetted’ and while we can’t wait for drop 2 to arrive, there’s more than enough in this first delivery to keep us very, very interested. Head over to the Visvim Section and have a look for yourself…

VISVIM – December Releases

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The latest offerings from Visvim are some of the best versions of the classic Mountain Boot style you will ever find. Each shoe is meticulously made and hand-finished, reflecting the heritage of this climbers staple whilst incorporating thoroughly modern processes that make each boot as durable and comfortable as possible.




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This highly limited release, which features the hugely anticipated Whymper Boot, as well as the reworked Serra Paccard, is available to buy in-store now. If you would like any information, or you would like to place an order for any Visvim item, give our customer services team a call on +44 191 231 3983 or email info@endclothing.co.uk. But don’t hang about, we’ve already had a huge amount of interest in the latest Visvim wares…




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VISVIM November Releases

Friday, November 12th, 2010

There are very few brands that can boast the kind of reputation that Visvim are able to – and for good reason – Hiroki Nakamura’s label have continued to grow and diversify over the years, and despite this expansion none of the focus has been lost. Each piece is still expertly crafted and painstakingly researched, ensuring that the quality and durability that sets Visvim apart never waivers.

Our latest Visvim drop showcases this perfectly, the Christo – which is already a real favourite – and the Luminaria Rucksack are incredible examples of the appreciation of functionality and construction that Hiroki works into each piece. Named after Bulgarian-born artist Javacheff Christo, the Christo is inspired by the bamboo ‘scaffold’ sculptures through which he found fame. Made from ballistic nylon with the ubiquitous memory footbed, the Christo takes the humble sandal to dizzying new heights.

As usual, numbers are extremely limited, and these pieces are not available to buy online. If you require any further information please email us at info@endclothing.co.uk or call our customer service team on +44 191 231 3983.

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Visvim

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Established in 2000, Visvim is the creation of Tokyo based designer Hiroki Nakamura. Inspired by his travels across Japan and the rest of the World, he wanted to create a label that could combine comfort, durability, aesthetics and ecological awareness without sacrificing any one for the other.  Learning his trade with Burton Snowboards, Hiroki found out about cutting edge materials and methods, ways of allowing maximum movement and comfort while still being robust. Combining this with a vast knowledge of often overlooked materials from all over the World meant that Visvim was able to offer something completely unique.

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In the last decade Visvim has gone from strength to strength, and is now recognised as one of the leading lights in modern footwear design. These innovations can be seen in the Furrg, a new design for AW10, made from Kudu leather, the Furrg is thoroughly forward thinking, while still being sympathetic to both the environment and the rich history of native shoe-making.

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Today Visvim’s range goes far beyond their incredible footwear collection, incorporating clothing and bags, all of which are made to the same exacting high standards – without compromise. The Ballistic series is one of the leading lights in terms of innovation when it comes to making bags and accessories, and each item of Visvim clothing is made from entirely natural fabrics, ethically sourced and hand-finished in Japan.

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Our first AW10 drop already shows the Visvim ethos perfectly, but this only counts for half of what we are set to receive over the coming months. As with all Visvim releases, numbers are extremely limited and these products are not available to buy online. If you would like any information, or if you would like to place an order email us at info@endclothing.co.uk or call our customer services team on +44 191 231 3983 and we will be more than happy to help…

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