S/S 17 "TOKYO TEXAS"

ALL PHOTOS CAPTURED IN FILM BY C. F.

While on a week-long trip to Tokyo, Japan, members of the R&G team noticed similarities between Tokyo and their hometown insofar as the architecture and street style. Houston's architectural identity has become more modern and minimalist than ever before as buildings are removed and revamped, resulting in a shift in how the city is perceived. Similarly, in Tokyo, color usage and materials used are very minimal in nature. As such, the range of colors chosen for the fabric used in the collection is consistent with the moderation in colors applied to buildings in both cities. With respect to street style, the team also noticed that baggy clothing is quite popular in Tokyo. There is seemingly a clear distinction in choice of attire based on level of activity - baggy clothing, for some, is more comfortable and ultimately practical for getting around on foot. In thrift shops, big and tall tees reminiscent of pre-2007 "tall tees" were being sold in Japanese cottons. This sparked a small appreciation of our hometown since there are people in some parts of Texas who small wear baggy clothing as if it never went out of style. Further, homage is paid to our cultural predecessors by adding a DJ Screw print to the collection along with baggy cut "Ewing" pants, promoting the baggy look as "cool" again by adding a MODERN twist to street wear codes of the past. Another notable comparison, both worlds share a strong love for denim. In fact, it is said that Japan owns 70% of America's vintage denim. Learning this, we wanted to create a piece that would be reflective of denim's history with regards to the workmen who have used denim to build, renovate, and modernize our way of life, as well as denim's present use in which the culture uses denim as a fashion statement.