Engineered Garments Founder Daiki Suzuki Talks Collaborating With Uniqlo

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Engineered Garments is your favorite menswear editor’s favorite menswear brand. The New York-born label has quietly built a global following for its approach to classic sportswear and tailored staples. Founder Daiki Suzuki is a detail-oriented enthusiast for Americana and British tailoring alike, and the subtle twists he adds on everything from sport coats to button-down shirts elevate them from everyday pieces to low-key fashion grails.

But what EG absolutely nails is a knack for making clothes that are somehow both extremely wearable and statement-making at the same time. The brand’s recent collaboration with Japanese retailer Uniqlo hit stores this week. Consisting of several polo shirts, it brings together the respective strengths of both labels.

For Uniqlo, that means warm weather-appropriate menswear that isn’t just affordable, but remains relatively trendproof. For Engineered Garments, it’s an opportunity to take their keen eye for detail and slightly askew approach to everyday clothing to a much wider platform.

We got the chance to catch up with designer and founder Daiki Suzuki in the brand’s Long Island City-based office, a locale that also serves as an inspiration for Engineered Garments’ Spring/Summer 2019 collection and a few of the reimagined polo shirts that comprise the Uniqlo collaboration. Here, Suzuki explains why it made sense to work with Uniqlo and what interests him the most about working with other partners





What made Uniqlo an interesting partner to work with?

It wasn’t necessarily Uniqlo at first, but more so the people who are on their team—Yuki Katsuta and Takahiro Kinoshita, who are long time friends. I thought it would be an interesting thing to do and see what it was like to be in the marketplace that Uniqlo resides in.

EG has a reverence for classic American and British sportswear staples, why choose the polo shirt for this collab?

Actually, Uniqlo approached me with the polo specifically. It’s one of the items that performs really well for them in June, start of the summer.

Engineered Garments is known for taking recognizable silhouettes and adding a signature twist. The patchwork and polka dot patterns are very EG. There’s also a new oversized polo with a single-button camp collar. Are there parallels between the collab and the main line?

For EG, the collection fluctuates every season, as much as it does not look that way from afar. The fit of course, constantly changes every season. I have been working on an oversized fit now for a few seasons, so it was only a natural extension for this project to reflect the mode and mood of our mainline collection.

In the past year, EG has worked with partners like Barbour, Hoka One One, Vans, and Post-Imperial. What attracts you to the partners you choose to work with?

A few different things. Do I love the project? Do I love the brand history and policies? And do I like the people involved? But more so, if the idea is there. The idea is really something that is core, and how it fits with the current story in place with the collection, but also in general.

 The Engineered Garments x Uniqlo collaboration is available now on uniqlo.com. The shirts are $29.90 each. Check out the full Engineered Garments x Uniqlo polo shirt collection below:













Alan Ruiz’s Multi-Faceted “Infrapolitics” Exhibition

We speak with the artist about how he uses physical and invisible power to highlight infrastructural prejudice, violence and more “The term ‘Infrapolitics’ seems an appropriate shorthand to convey the idea that we are dealing with an unobtrusive realm of political struggle,” James C Scott writes in his 1990 book Domination and the Arts of Resistance. This concept serves as primary inspiration for artist and …

The RealReal’s Sean Conway Breaks Down Their Authentication Process

The resale market for fashion is extremely hot, and the RealReal has discovered a sweet formula to become a trusted and authoritative partner for buyers, resellers, and all those in between. “We are all about sustainability, extending the lifecycle of fashion, and giving your product new life,” says Sean Conway, the RealReal’s sneaker & streetwear valuation manager. “There will always be a second buyer ready to buy your items.”

To ensure that every item that you sell or resell at the RealReal is 100% the real thing, a dedicated team of experts put each item through an authentication process to differentiate what’s real from counterfeit, what’s pristine from poor quality, and more. Highsnobiety took a trip to their NYC shop to catch up with Conway to get a deeper look at how each item gets authenticated and priced.

For authenticity, Conway looks at brand signifiers, interior tags, build, quality of materials, and more. For construction, he pays a closer attention to tearing, pealing, discoloration, cracking on prints, and other incidents during wear. After,  he classifies each garment under four conditions: pristine, excellent, very good, and good.

“Pristine” items are measured as deadstock, never worn, and brand new pieces. “Excellent” products are similar never worn items, but have no collateral like missing tags. “Very good” items are categorized as slight, faint wear, or lightly worn, while “good” pieces are moderate and noticeable wear.

To learn more about the RealReal’s authentication process, watch Sean break down his formula in the video above.

Pixar Shares Trailer for New Original Film ‘Onward’ With Chris Pratt & Tom Holland

Pixar taps Chris Pratt and Tom Holland of Avengers: Endgame to voice the lead characters in its all-new original feature film, Onward. While the movie isn’t due out until March of next year, this week we receive our first look at the animated picture.

Here is the first full trailer for what is legit maybe the greatest movie in history. https://t.co/LzzXxDSWqG

— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) May 31, 2019

Pratt and Holland star as two teenage elves, Barley and Ian, in Onward, as they embark on an adventure to see if there is any magic left in the world. Their burning desire for the supernatural is fueled by the passing of their father, which took place when they were young.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Octavia Spencer feature alongside Pratt and Holland in Onward, which is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, the team behind Monsters University. You can look forward to the film coming to theaters on March 6, 2020.

Nike Gives the React Runner ISPA a Mesh Makeover for Summer

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Brand: Nike

Model: React Runner ISPA

Key Features: Perforated mesh upper, taped ISPA-branded seams, React-plugged midsole, large Swoosh branding, hiker-style laces.

Release Date: June 6

Price: TBC

Buy: Nike.com and select retailers

Editor’s Notes: Nike will soon be releasing a new trio of summer colorways of the React Runner ISPA. Designed as one of Nike Sportswear’s special projects, ISPA stands for “Improvise/Scavenge/Protect/Adapt.”

Here we find Nike outfitting the React Runner ISPA for the warmer months, replacing the deconstructed water-resistant bootie with perforated mesh on the upper to aid in breathability. The sneaker also features the brand’s React-plugged midsole, while boasting taped ISPA-branded seams, large Swoosh branding, and hiker-style laces.
















Optioned in three summer colorways, you’ll be able to cop these new React Runner ISPA iterations beginning June 6 through Nike.com and at select retailers.

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The Shirk Report – Volume 528

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to [email protected]

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
When your friend asks for one bite
The Internet remains undefeated
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
While we’re on the subject
My favorite yearbook quote this year so far
This photo is perfect
Nope nope nope nope nope | Did you not hear me the first time?
Guess which slope is the fastest
The Real ‘N Sync
Just DeVito walking his dog
We are all Luigi
Bye Ben
Technology: You now have the ability to create amazing panoramic images with just your smartphone
Humans:

Who else felt this guy’s pain through the screen
And this dog’s excitement at getting a birthday invite?
Well that sucks | That too
I don’t even know what to say about this
This too shall pass
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet
The Art of Noticing
How to draw a horse
The Most Wikipedia’d People in Every US State
An oral history of USB, the port that changed everything
Your Surgeon’s Childhood Hobbies May Affect Your Health
Anna the anaconda got pregnant all by herself — by ‘virgin birth’
The Incredible Ice Formations of Lake Baikal
30 Years After Tiananmen, a Chinese Military Insider Warns: Never Forget
Meet the Carousing, Harmonica-Playing Texan Who Won a Nobel for his Cancer Breakthrough

 

5 VIDEOS

 

 

 

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