Wednesday, March 19, 2014

revasseur Pop-Up store in Shinsegae, Myungdong

Hey Lactose Lovers in Seoul! Be sure to check out revasseur’s pop-up shop in Shinsegae in Myungdong. You can see some of the illustration work I did for some of the clothing for this fun label! Congrats revasseur!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lactose Intoler-Art x Aquvii Tokyo

Exciting NEWS!
Lactose Intoler-Art Necklaces are now stocked at Aquvii Tokyo!
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(Manager Ari-san wearing her one of a kind Lactose Intoler-Art Necklace!)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

revasseur x Lactose Intoler-Art SS14 Seoul Fashion Week Collectoin

So..I'm very excited to FINALLY spill the beans about a recent collaboration. There is good news from Lactose Lair! I have been working closely with designer Gilda Su of revasseur for her Spring Summer 2014 collection. I have been friends with Gilda via the internet for the last few years. I originally found her blog when she was still at Parson's in New York, and I was living in Oklahoma, hoping to find some blog content to connect to-Someone in the US inspired by Japanese street fashion culture.

Since then, we had met in Tokyo, and followed each other's work very closely. This year, Gilda asked me to illustrate for her runway collection. We had previously worked on a mini scarf collaboration, but this was going to be a much bigger project. I worked from my Tokyo apartment, and sent her several different characters, doodles, and sketches which were directed by Gilda's vision, concept, and inspiration, and then printed and tested with fabrics that were later made into major pieces of the collection.

For this season, Gilda was inspired by "Club Kids" from the 1980s until now, and their extreme form of using fashion as personal expression...But I will leave more of Gilda's inspiration to the amazing write up she posted HERE on her revasseur official facebook page. (You can see all of the runway pictures there too, but here is a preview, and the write up as well.)

CLUB KIDS printemps/ete 2014 (all by Gilda Su of revasseur)

"The idea for REVASSEUR’S Spring Summer 2014 collection came about when designer, Gilda Su, met with some new and old friends from New York, who had been invited to Singapore to present at the Social Star Awards 2013. Known as the Club Kids, they are part of a group of unique characters who are invited to add excitement to clubs all over New York. 

For 3 of the 4 years that Gilda was living in New York, she had interned and later freelanced under Patricia Field’s House of Field, and had gotten to know many of these colourful personalities. It was an introduction to an underground universe that was vibrant, and covered in sequins, and although she was probably the least dressed up and made up, she felt at home. Having chosen a very different path from her friends in Singapore, having felt constricted and pushed into a cookie-cutter at schools, it was a breathe of fresh air for her to experience people who never batted an eyelash and accepted her for whatever she was. 

After returning to Singapore almost 2 years ago, Gilda was starting to feel suffocated, stressed, and confused about her path. Luckily for her, she had gotten to know two rather special people in Singapore, Bobby and Ritz of Butter Factory, who are two of the funniest and outrageously dressed people she has met. However, the difficulties of breaking into the Singapore fashion market with her style of clothes, was starting to take its toll.

At that moment, meeting up with some Club Kids from New York, reminded her of the fun and laughter she had experienced while in New York. She was in awe of their shocking, out of this world, over the top costumes, and once again received a reminder to ignore the naysayers, and do what she loved. 

And so came about her collection for Spring Summer 2014. A colourful collection with prints and shapes that isn’t made for Society, but for like-minded strong, vibrant, and fun-loving people. With some show pieces, these are translated into more wearable pieces, as well as highly contrasting black and white versions for the less adventurous. Working closely with illustratorBrandon Reierson of Lactose Intoler-Art, they picked some of the most interesting and colourful nightlife characters, and Brandon brought them to life through his art. Gilda then worked on their layout and created one of a kind prints that are a highlight in this cheeky collection. While nowhere near as avant garde as the real Club Kids, this collection is a celebration of life, an acceptance of oneself, and done in REVASSEUR’s signature quirky style, that will be sure to delight fans.


big thank yous go out to my assistants, Zoul Zolkarnaen and Christine Lee for slaving their nights away, Vicky Jiyun Lyoo and her team of assistants Katy Kyung-Min Kim for all the support they have given to us, Bobby Luo from The Butter Factory for mixing this amazing runway track, AB Soto for all the energy i needed in a runway song, and Brandon Reierson for helping with the illustrations and giving me exactly what i wanted!!"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lactose Intoler Art's Brandon Reierson in TUNE magazine

Hey guys! Excited to share that I am in the current issue of TUNE magazine. TUNE has been my favorite magazine for mens street snaps for a long time now, so I am still like the shocked fan boy when they take my picture. Available all over Japan and Kinokuniya bookstores worldwide

Outfit details!
Pocari Sweat Jacket: 5toy (Hayatochiri)
Shorts: Starstyling
Shoes: Japanese Jikatabi from a Japanese Kimono store
Socks: Christopher Nemeth
Hat: Desperate (Kuro Benz)
Ring: Utakata
T-Shirt: Kinji Harajuku
Accessories (WWJD bracelet, watch, broken framed glasses): 90s used
Bag: Lactose Intoler-Art
Kimono: Used, deconstructed sleeves

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lactose Intoler-Art X Hayatochiri

Hey guys! Wow! Sorry for the incredible lack of actual BLOG updates. Life has been a whirlwind of business here in Tokyo. I basically feel like I live in a post apocalyptic fashion video game planet. For those that follow my work even fairly closely have probably seen my updates on Facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, etc etc, blah-blah-BLAH!

With that said, I am finally posting on my OFFICIAL blog this evening, to share some exciting news!
I recently released a new mini collection of Lactose Intoler-Art handmade, one of a kind necklaces. Each piece features an illustration printed onto a thick, laser cut plastic. Each piece is worked together by hand, mixing chunky accessories mixed with found Japanese ropes that are used to tie traditional style Obi belts.

Being an American living in Japan, I wanted to reflect an aesthetic and feeling I get by living here. The feeling of being an outsider, but also the feeling of being on some weird inside part of a fascinating community as well.
Oppositely, I am really interested in the idea of other "foreigners", (aka non-Japanese) that appreciate very specific elements of Japanese culture as well.
The idea of people being truly inspired by something, or even obsessed with something out of context is kind of fascinating for me. People appreciating and supporting very specific trends, brands, subcultures, etc away from the core of where that "scene" is actually happening.

I wanted to incorporate the mish-mash of hyperactive trend absorbtion between Western fashion and the Tokyo street fashion culture. There is also a bit of fun nostalgia here which is intended to be fun, reflective, and just awkward.

The first batch of these necklaces are for sale at Koenji's Kitakore Building at "Hayatochiri." I have been a huge fan of the Kitakore building for several years now, and am thrilled to have my work for sale there.

Kitakore has been a very influential fashion icon for me. (? Can a group of shops be a fashion icon?) To me, Kitakore is basically the regurgitation against the very mass, fast paced/fast fashion culture that a lot of Harajuku has now become. Kitakore makes a lot of great one off and truly unique pieces.

Since starting Lactose Intoler-Art, fashion as personal expression has been a key part of what I'm interested in an inspired by. Seeing kids on the street wearing what they like as a form of artistic creativity-Telling a story as they stroll the streets. I am so thankful to have Lactose Intoler-Art available in a shop where those same kids can have access to my art! If you're in Tokyo, give Hayatochiri a swing! Yoroshiku!

Stay tuned for the Lactose Intoler-Art Photoshoot on the next post!