This week’s Wellgosh Wears combines the versatility of military and utilitarian style pieces that sit perfectly on the cusp of formal and casual wear, with the undoubtedly stylish and durable fusion of Japanese streetwear design and outdoor-ready gear. The first two pieces are by Tokyo’s WACKO MARIA, who’ve been creating cutting-edge designs since the brand was started by former J-League soccer players Atsuhiko Mori and Keiji Ishizuka in 2005. The Wool Knit Watch Cap is a classic roll cuff hat with a thick rib knit, with a subtle woven ‘Guilty Parties’ logo and a warm, breathable woollen construction. The second piece sees the fusion of two Japanese powerhouses come together to create the Wacko Maria x Nanga Down Jacket, a timeless puffer jacket boasting the cosiness of Nanga’s vast history creating premium sleeping bags and the undeniable sophistication of Wacko’s aesthetic. This Winter-ready coat features a water-resistant nylon shell with a warm down fill, decorated with an embroidered Wacko Maria logo to the chest and a woven Nanga label on the sleeve. Other details include a zip-up fastening with a press stud storm flap, adjustable sleeve cuffs and a padded high neck. Moving on to Japanese design from a company based in the USA, Engineered Garments has created a durable ripstop overshirt taking inspiration from heritage explorer shirts, with eight pouch pockets showcased on the front, sleeve and back providing ample space for your daily cargo. This button-down shirt has a smart flat collar and dual placket straps, with adjustable sleeve cuffs. The loose and boxy fit sits perfectly as an oversized piece with space for layering up on colder days, and can also be worn as your base layer in a more formal environment.
We can’t get enough of the wide-leg fit on the Comfort String Pants by South Korea’s Uniform Bridge, crafted from heavyweight nylon with a fully adjustable toggle waistband and ankle cuffs providing a custom fit. These robust pants also have zippered side pockets and a zippered back pocket to keep your valuables safe whilst on the go. The relaxed look of these trousers compliments the unique, warped design of the Hank Low by Maison Mihara Yasuhiro. These eccentric kicks take a familiar silhouette from vintage American basketball shoes and adds premium suede overlays, chunky laces, contrast stitching and a rubber toe cap, a pull tab at the heel and, of course, the super chunky rubber sole that the brand has become synonymous with. If this outfit didn’t have enough options for carrying your things, the Tote Bag from Maharishi is the accessory you need for your laptop, lunch and whatever else you need for the day. The bag is crafted from wind and water-resistant nylon, taking inspiration from MA-1 flight jackets, with a large zippered pocket, an internal laptop sleeve, internal compartments and an adjustable branded shoulder strap. The tote also has alternative carrying straps at the top depending on your preference, and a woven branded MILTYPE label.
What Made You Pick This Outfit?
I wanted to showcase some Asian brands that I love and new stock that doesn’t get a lot of attention. I wanted to do an outfit that I wouldn’t usually wear and something a lot smarter. Starting from the bottom up with the Maison Mihara Yasuhiro; I love the way it’s constructed and reminds me of when Nigo used to get inspired by popular trainers when he was at BAPE. Uniform bridge bottoms: I love pants with bungee cords at the hem to make it a unique fit with any outfit and different in comparison to most smart trousers. The Engineered Garments Explorer Shirt has always been one of my favourite shirts, the green gives the outfit a pop of colour. Has bare pockets too which I love. I paired the Nanga x Wacko Maria Jacket with the wacko Maria beanie to keep me warm. The construction and details on the jacket are unreal as expected from Wacko Maria. I finished off with a Maharishi bag, which is my favourite accessory we have in the shop right now. I love the construction and the recycled fleece lining they’ve used on the interior. As I’ve said I wouldn’t normally wear smarter clothes like this so I wanted to construct an outfit together that’s outside of my comfort zone. – Ardy