Evisu x Harley Davidson Collaboration Motorcycle

 Japanese designer denim brand Evisu has teamed up with London-based Warr's Harley Davidson to create a one-off, "classically inspired" custom motorcycle to celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary. Being that I'm currently obsessed with motorcycles and plan to get my own eventually, this meticulously designed bike, nick-named the "Kamome Sprinter," is a fantastic crossroad between two of my favorites subjects: fashion and worrying my mom (just kidding, and motorcycles).

"Kamome" is Japanese for "seagull," the simple symbol of which is Evisu's logo. Hand-built by Warr's Charlie Stockwell, the custom Harley Softail Cross Bones (which is already a brooding beauty stock) features nickel-plated parts, including engraved engine covers by a London gunsmith, selvedge denim-wrapped brake lines and clutch cables, hand-rolled fenders and a handmade sprung solo seat of antique brown leather with more denim underneath. The engravings are of Japanese koi fish, scales and waves done in a way that still lends itself  to heritage gunmetal design.

The craftsmanship involved in building this bike reflects Evisu's dedication to genuine vintage jean reproduction, celebrating the importance of authenticity. Evisu even has a set of five rules outlining what elements makes a pair of jeans comparable to those manufactured during World War II, right down to the buttons and thread. Overall, the engravings paired with matte black and more give the bike the look of irresistible cross-continental villainy--authentic villainy if you will.

As a person who knows fashion far better than bikes, I love the attention to detail and how so many elements were added without building it out--much line the Evisu clothing line. I'm not much a fan of their jeans that have large swaths of hand-painting or embroidery, but their seamless combination of vintage Americana and clean Japanese style is evident without lending too much to one or the other.

So, when will you be delivering this bike to my house?

Read more about this bike on Evisu and Bike Exif.

NY - You Are Invited: Comme des Garcons 70% Off Shopping FESTIVAL

Oh to be a New Yorker this weekend. Comme des Garcons are not just having a sample sale, but a shopping festival--ill at 70% off, good lord. But this isn't just to liquidate last season's pieces, they're bringing out pieces from ALL their past collections, including pieces from Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe, the recently discontinued women's line Tao, Homme Plus, Junya Watanabe Man, Comme des Garcons Comme des Garcons. All pieces, including vintage pieces (vintage is considered anything pre-1975, so some serious rarities and relics to be had), have been "carefully preserved" and are all brand new.

And in dramatic CDG style, the extravaganza is being held at the Croation Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, plus food vendors will be present to keep you sifting all day. Merch will be replenished daily, so it sounds like you should take Friday and Monday off work too.

Personally I'd be interested to see if there were any Junya Watanabe Man Pink items there. It was a line of menswear pieces for women that was discontinued as well.

The details:
Comme des Garcons Shopping Festival
Croatian Church
504 41st Street
May 6, 7, 8 - 10am to 7pm
May 8th - 12pm - 8pm

Can someone buy my ticket to NYC for the weekend?

Lookbook Love: The Deliberate Disintegration of Coinonia

From fluid to stark, I'm struck by new label Coinonia's haunting lookbook for their Fall 2011 collection. Their designs have a deconstructed element to it that almost appears to be a natural state erosion. To contrast those disintegrating pieces, the designers bring stark angular shapes and silhouettes. Coinonia was freshly launched in 2010 in Paris by Japanese designer Momoko Hashigami and Korean designer Kiho Kim. Hashigami is a graduate of Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design, interned with John Galliano and previously designed for Antonio Marras. Kim was also a designer at Marras, which assumably is where they met.

See more photos after the jump:

See all the looks at Coinonia's Tumblr