TT event that I announced the other day.
It will be held from Saturday, September 30th.
On the first day, Mr. Nakata from TT in Gion will be at our store for the entire day.
As previously announced, we will be setting up a TT space at the store so that you can take a look at not only the clothing collection, but also the brand.
Therefore, the event will last for 16 days until October 15th (Sunday), which is longer than usual events like this.
I even saved all of my brand collections for this purpose.
Since the start of the fall/winter season, clothes from other brands have been lined up in stores, but TT's collection was not available at all. lol
Therefore, we would be happy if those who come to visit us can fully experience TT's brand expression.
And one more thing.
This TT event will be held not only at our store, but also at three locations across the country.
Our store is the second one, but the first one is Kink in Nagoya, which I think has already ended.
Then, it was held at our store CASANOVA & CO, and then "TT" in Gion, Kyoto.
That's the kind of tour.
In line with this, I think everyone will be able to see the clothes that became the "foundation of the brand" as expressed by the founding designer, Taiga Takahashi, when the brand started.
These are not ready-made clothes, but are made to order only for those who request them.
During his lifetime, Taiga Takahashi presented the Taiga Takahashi collection based on the concept of ``unearthing the archaeological remains of the future by reviving the relics of the past.''
In other words, I have been thinking about ``reviving relics from 100 years ago to the present day and preserving them for the future,'' and creating clothes that will be ``relics from 100 years from now.''
In this way, he himself considered and created clothes not as a "designer" but as an "archaeologist."
I have collected a tremendous amount of vintage items over my lifetime, as well as many items that can be called antiques (those from over 100 years ago).
Unlike today, clothing in the past had a clear purpose and was created to fulfill a role.
Among them, Takahashi was mainly attracted to clothes made in America.
Clothing is a necessary tool for humans to work and run a business.
This is what is often referred to as "workwear."
I think it has fascinated not only Mr. Takahashi, but also designers and clothing enthusiasts from all over the world.
However, Mr. Takahashi's products are not the major vintages made by large companies at the time, but are now made by minorities whose origins are unknown.
So, by collecting these things and interpreting them as archeology, Mr. Takahashi was able to truly enjoy himself, and created the works with the hope that they would remain in the future.
I wrote about this on this blog a few years ago, but Taiga Takahashi's clothes were very American in the beginning.
Especially since their debut, they have been creating original and iconic left twill denim and coveralls, which are very American.
But rather than copying American clothing and creating it as Taiga Takahashi, Mr. Takahashi himself strongly reflected his strong feelings in the collection.
I believe he has been living in America since he was in high school.
Also, before starting a men's brand called Taiga Takahashi, he ran a collection brand called "Women's Taiga Takahashi" in Paris.
Then, the world became infected with the coronavirus, and everyone was unable to go to Paris, and Takahashi himself was unable to present his collection.
That's when I stopped, stopped presenting women's products, and restarted my business as a men's brand that I could wear and enjoy more.
Due to this background and having lived overseas for a long time, Mr. Takahashi gradually became more aware of his own homeland, ``Japan.''
By creating "menswear," he creates clothes archeologically, rooted in the vintage to which he has dedicated his life.
And on top of that,
"Being Japanese, using traditional and beautiful techniques unique to Japan"
It was with this idea in mind that it debuted in the fall/winter season of 2021.
At that time, we also held a debut event at our store, and the collection focused strongly on the power of Taiga Takahashi's clothes and traditional Japanese techniques, and customers who saw it at the time said it felt like a museum. That's what I was told.
And this time, Taiga Takahashi has a new season renamed TT.
TT has strongly inherited Mr. Takahashi's will, and as a brand expression, we are creating clothes that explore further depth, which is also consistent with the 2021 debut collection.
As a symbol of TT, what you will see this time is "Aido dyeing".
A dream collaboration.
By the way, although it is called "indigo", it is actually indigo dyed.
But, that's good.
"Dodo" is the traditional mud dyeing of Amami Oshima.
If you combine indigo dyeing and mud dyeing, it will look too Japanese.
In addition, although the origin is different, there is a dye called indigo dyeing that has been strongly developed in America.
Then there's mud dyeing, a black unique to Japan, applied to Oshima Tsumugi, a kimono that is said to be one of the world's three major textiles.
I think the combination of indigo dyeing (American) and mud dyeing (Japanese) is the fundamental thing that Mr. Takahashi most wanted to express during his lifetime.
This time, TT gave form to it.
The shape of clothes created in America is combined with American and Japanese dyeing.
Moreover, it is sold by order only. lol
I think this is a super hot outfit.
Let me introduce you.
"Aido dyeing LIMITED EDITION"
A coverall jacket that has been developed representatively by the brand.
It is based on an American item from around 1910 that was excavated from a coal mine.
Specifications at the time, when a mass-produced, ultra-rational production process was adopted.
The sleeves are almost straight, and despite being Western clothing, they are not curved.
This situation is similar to the "beauty of Japanese clothing" = "beauty of straight lines" that is unique to Japan. and what is considered by the brand.
Mud dyeing applied after indigo dyeing on the product.
The mixture, contrast, and unevenness of the two overlapping dyeing methods create a complex sense of depth in places.
Brand original iron tack button that will rust.
No matter how you look at it, I think you can tell that it's not a normal color.
The color is too deep for indigo dyeing.
However, the color category seems to be navy.
It has a complex color.
After indigo dyeing, it is dyed with "Japanese black".
In the first place, I think there is a strong understanding that mud dyeing is literally dyeing with mud.
However, it is true that it is dyed with mud, and the unique iron content of Amami Oshima's mud plays a big role, but that is not the only factor.
There is a tree that grows naturally on Amami Oshima called the ``Teach tree'', also known as the ``wheel plum'', and this is important.
Wheel plums are boiled for many days to extract the wood components, and then dyed with that.
The process seems to take many days.
This time, it's different because I'm going to dye it over indigo dye, but normally, if you dye it with the broth of wheel plums, it will turn reddish-brown.
By soaking the reddish-brown dye in Amami Oshima's mud, which contains a lot of iron, a chemical reaction occurs between the dyed ingredients from the wheel plum and the iron, creating a brownish ``Japanese black.''
Nowadays, there are only a few dyeing factories on Amami Oshima that carry out mud dyeing, but 50 years ago it was a thriving industry. In Amami Oshima.
However, it is extremely time-consuming and has gradually disappeared over time.
As far as I know, there are only two places. In reality, there may be a little more.
TT's products are made at an extremely venerable dyeing factory, where only those in the bloodline work together to carry out the mud dyeing process.
At the dyeing factory, the products are dyed with indigo, and then mud dyed.
Both dyeing processes are dyed using traditional "Japanese dyeing" techniques.
"Aido dyeing LIMITED EDITION"
Next is this.
I think you can instantly feel the thick and impressive shape of the pants.
This is also a pants style created by Taiga Takahashi as one of the brand's signature styles.
The iron suspender buttons are rusting, and the cinch back (hidden by a hanger).
Pants with a very classic look.
When it comes to pants, the two dyes intersect, so I'm really interested in seeing what changes will occur.
If you like things like Atari and change, I think you'll have a lot of fun with it.
Not only are they indigo-dyed, but the mud-dyed texture also feels durable, which gives you a sense of security when you're wearing the pants.
"Aido dyeing LIMITED EDITION"
A 1950s-based athletic wear sweatshirt that everyone knows.
Classic style with long ribbed sleeves and hem.
Of course, there are no seams on the sides, and it has a "round body" design.
In addition, the front and back of the neck are both V-shaped, making it a "double V".
I think it's quite authentic.
In the first place, why did old sweatshirts have longer Vs and ribs than they do now?
Will I be able to find it if I look it up on the internet?
I don't know about it, so if anyone knows please let me know.
The sweatshirt is a knitted fabric, so the indigo color and appearance are a little different from the jacket and pants I mentioned earlier.
I think this is also very good.
I don't want to say it anymore, but the fabrics are TSU, RI, A, MI, KI.
Mr. Takahashi wanted this to be more consistent with the times, rather than using a loop knitting machine from Wakayama as a slogan.
"Aido dyeing LIMITED EDITION"
THE USA Garment.
The neck of TT's T-shirts has changed a lot since the Taiga Takahashi era.
It seems that the vintage that Mr. Takahashi owned had a double neck treatment, so it has a super sturdy double neck rib design.
This is very distinctive.
With chest pocket.
The chest pocket has a seam and is rounded, and I think it's sewn with cotton thread, so people who like puckering might enjoy it.
T-shirts are the type of clothing that gets washed the most times.
I think it's the easiest to change, and it's visually interesting.
For these four clothes, the maximum production quantity has been determined in advance, so our store's allocation is also limited.
Also, for those who order this time, they will receive it around mid-December.
The four types of clothes in "Aido LIMITED EDHITION" best represent the Taiga Takahashi of the past and the future of TT, so please take a look if you like them.