WTAPS "EX. 32" | Spring Summer 2016 Collection
Director Tetsu Nishiyama started out in his career creating t-shirts with graphic and prints with the technique of silk screen printing. In 1996, when WTAPS launched, he wanted the collection to be deeply rooted into his daily life with the concept of “Placing things where they should be”. At the brands first flagship store, the GIP-STORE in Shibuya, Japan, was where the first complete line of WTAPS was stocked, and in a space that truly reflected the view of Tetsu Nishiyama.
In 2014, the autobiography “My life is this life” was released. It was a book about all the work, life paths, and philosophies he had taken thus far.
The “EX.32” collection, honing its streetwear aesthetic with the highest quality Japanese fabrics. Expect a range of bomber jackets, distressed denim, cotton t-shirts along with printed, camo or plaid work-shirts for layering under a plethora of outerwear. Combining the looks of the Americana silhouettes, and utilitarian military, the collection consists of wardrobe classics with functional detailing.
Shape determines how an item will be used.
I believe this is what design can do.
“Placing things where they should be”
On the assumption that necessity
Would dictate its use.
Try to maximise the potential of things
Within the limits of the design.
That is our philosophy.