Welcome back to our Sunday reading list. The weather's starting to get nice, so grab a pair of your favourite shades, find yourself a nice park bench and read on. This edition features an interview with designer/DJ/everyman Virgil Abloh.
"The Bunka Method" (Business of Fashion)
From Hiroko Koshino, Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi (Undercover) to Junichi Abe (Kolor) and Hiromichi Ochiai (Facetasm), an influx of progressive designers followed. Yet, for all their avant-garde shapes, high-tech fabrics and radically different fashion philosophies, they had one thing in common: their roots can be traced back to Bunka Fashion College
"Carhartt Is the Uniform of Both the Right and the Left" (Racked)
Straddling these two ends of the political spectrum and oddly uniting the worlds of rural and urban America is Carhartt. For those who work (or used to work) blue-collar jobs, Carhartt is an actual functional part of their wardrobe.
"Imagining the Retail Store of the Future" (New York Times)
'The holy grail now for retailers is creating digital empathy. No one can really guess what the future will look like. But those who are using technology and data to create bespoke shopping experiences that recognize every person is different, and with different needs, are more likely to come out on top.'
"How Facebook Groups Fill the Void Left by Streetwear Forums" (Highsnobiety)
Of course the youth of today have access to one big tool that previous generations did not: social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the like allow access to previously niche information at an unprecedented rate.
"Virgil Abloh and His Army of Disruptors: How He Became the King of Social Media Superinfluencers" (W Magazine)
Circumventing the gatekeepers is something Abloh has experienced firsthand: When, in 2009, he attended one of his first fashion shows, Comme des Garçons, as Kanye West’s creative director, he considered himself an outsider.