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.