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MASUGNEN
12-01-2010, 03:40 PM
»Rip Van Winkle's strange clothes [...] attracted the attention of the people.«

Otherwhere, yes – but not here, not yet.

What could be said about this brand, founded in 1997 by Naoki Shirotani and Masao Ono? While getting no attention here, it seems like a highly respected label in homeland Japan. See homepage (http://www.ripvanwinkle.jp/) and Yahoo! sales (http://auctions.search.yahoo.co.jp/search?p=ripvanwinkle&auccat=0&tab_ex=commerce&ei=euc-jp).

I own two pieces, an ox blood leather henley shirt and a white-painted linen jacket (soon for sale here). They're both pretty special. Working in leather and stylish techno fabrics, quality is good and design is fine – sometimes Carpe diem inspired, minimalistic arte povera style with raw edges and neutral colouring, at other times working more polished.

Couldn't you also detect some Watanabian and Yamamotian DNA? What the hell do I know about references? Do you like it?


ripvanwinkle

Geoffrey B. Small
12-03-2010, 06:26 PM
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Yes...

...actually they had a very cool hidden store near Daikanyama that
in 1998-9 was the talk of the town. When that town is Tokyo, that
means number one in the world...Impossible to find. No windows. No
sign. But eventually found. Enter: small, rectangular, incandescent lit,
dark brown tile floor, beige typically Japanese residential building
block style tile walls, Miles Davis 'Blue' pounding through the space
and you. Only 2 collections hanging on a single brushed steel rail that
ran horizontally at sternum level all around the small rectangle of the
store's space. One collection was theirs, very cool, from a professional
point of view. Another collection was leather, done in an interesting
new way for that date and time. After further review, I discovered it
was somebody I knew from Paris, a colleague and friend I had known
for quite some time. And now, he had radically changed his work since
I last saw him. And it was quite, quite good. The 2 collections hung
together in the space very well, especially with Miles. Yes, long before
Lift, long before Midwest, long before all the other Tom, Dick and
Harry's who eventually tagged along this idea's beat, Maurizio Altieri's
new Carpe Diem concept hung in Rip Van Winkle's tiny, cozy and
visionary hidden store. Before all of them. One of the best retail
experiences I ever had. Thank you Rip Van Winkle, I wish you well.

--Geoffrey B. Small






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Ekinerkan
04-17-2013, 09:03 PM
Does anyone know what the "rla provocazione eterna" tag means? Its attached to my Rip shirts.

Blackman
04-17-2013, 10:22 PM
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Yes...

...actually they had a very cool hidden store near Daikanyama that
in 1998-9 was the talk of the town. When that town is Tokyo, that
means number one in the world...Impossible to find. No windows. No
sign. But eventually found. Enter: small, rectangular, incandescent lit,
dark brown tile floor, beige typically Japanese residential building
block style tile walls, Miles Davis 'Blue' pounding through the space
and you. Only 2 collections hanging on a single brushed steel rail that
ran horizontally at sternum level all around the small rectangle of the
store's space. One collection was theirs, very cool, from a professional
point of view. Another collection was leather, done in an interesting
new way for that date and time. After further review, I discovered it
was somebody I knew from Paris, a colleague and friend I had known
for quite some time. And now, he had radically changed his work since
I last saw him. And it was quite, quite good. The 2 collections hung
together in the space very well, especially with Miles. Yes, long before
Lift, long before Midwest, long before all the other Tom, Dick and
Harry's who eventually tagged along this idea's beat, Maurizio Altieri's
new Carpe Diem concept hung in Rip Van Winkle's tiny, cozy and
visionary hidden store. Before all of them. One of the best retail
experiences I ever had. Thank you Rip Van Winkle, I wish you well.

--Geoffrey B. Small






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Your post are a work of art bro[thumbup]

Enaml
04-18-2013, 03:54 PM
Your post are a work of art bro[thumbup]

so are yours, bro [thumbup]

Ekinerkan
05-08-2013, 02:17 PM
I hope Vitamori stocks Rip Van Winkle again (despite the close of Downtown, the sole location I believe Rip was stored). Aside from auctions and the such, I have yet to see the brand online.

mortalveneer
05-08-2013, 04:09 PM
^ Seconded; the piece I got from the sale will be a fall staple, no question about it.

Uncontrol
05-10-2013, 10:37 PM
There are lots of Japanese stores stocking the brand, so if you fit typical Japanese sizing there are plenty of ways to get it ...

michael_kard
05-11-2013, 01:42 PM
I'm not suprised Vitamori stoped stocking Ripvanwinkle. The clothes always looked like artisanal Marks & Spencer to me.

Ekinerkan
05-13-2013, 11:49 AM
I'm not suprised Vitamori stoped stocking Ripvanwinkle. The clothes always looked like artisanal Marks & Spencer to me.

Well, I don't think they stopped stocking the brand. I believe the pieces were available at Downtown and prior to the close the pieces were sold out (though I believe a pair of jeans are still available on the site). I can attest to Rip's detailed and quality, however, after purchasing two pieces which I love (certainly superior to Marks & Spencer, though I realize you were commenting on the look rather than the quality). Still, though, I like most of the Rip pieces I have seen - an interesting culmination of motorcycle-inspired, rugged jackets and denim reminiscent of rural artisan life with enough tinges of interesting, "more than meets the eye" experimentation to set themselves from other menswear (hand painted shirts, waxed jackets, etc.). But to each is own, I suppose.