Ask a friend to name five fashion designers. Her list will likely contain only Europeans and Americans. That's because those crafters have the most recognized brands in fashion thanks to accessible work that's widely shot by magazines and worn often on the red carpet. But that doesn't mean they're the only designers worth paying attention to.
Japan has a long history of fostering creative, fashion-forward—even avant-garde—design. There are established names such as Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, as well as rising stars like Chitose Abe of Sacai. But, more often, designers of Japanese street fashion are less well known and their mash-up of styles and cultural references (see slide three for a great example) are harder to discern.
Cherry Creek North's Tikwid (2434 E. Third Ave, 303-333-1358, tikwidsocial.com) is helping locals navigate this unfamiliar territory by introducing an eclectic mix of Japanese and other under-the-radar labels. I asked owner Garry Logan Ledbetter and manager Jonathan Hermes to show us their favorite fall pieces and tell us why they're great for the guy wanting to experiment with his wardrobe.
One Wolf kid mohair Pagan Cardigan Coat, $372
Why: Tikwid is one of the only U.S. stores carrying this Latvia-based brand, known for its unisex knitwear and denim. The Nordic-looking knit coat is warm and cozy and makes a great layering piece on a chilly day.
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