Tricker’s Churchill Slippers in Safari Linen. Exclusively made for Marc Anthony and Anton Meyer.
Gene Krell’s Focus | United Arrows Harajuku
United Arrows - as a brand and retail concept - has always been on my shortlist. That they have been able to maintain a consistent quality of clothing despite their ubiquity in Japan, and fierce competition from many equivalently thorough retailers, makes me all the more jealous we don’t have them overseas.
The visual narrative of every United Arrows store is a self-contained affair. Whereas the more well known high street retailers thrive on uniformity, my understanding of visual merchandising within UA is that each store is given substantial stretch room.
The clothes on offer never cease to impress. Whereas brands that come to rely on a middle-of-the-road ‘look’ often grow staid, and fade into obscurity, UA’s clothing never feels pedestrian. Admittedly, the proportions are typical of high quality southern Italian garb but this does nothing to detract from the creative way in which that classicism is conveyed. Knit ties come in ever so slightly more slubby textures, trad footwear is made radical by clever use of texture, and suiting colors subvert tired expectations of inky navies and drab greys (not that there is a problem with either of those).
What is your favourite Drake’s piece?
A navy knit tie and the one I’m wearing in the picture, a slim silk repp also in navy.
Why is it your favourite?
Navy ties are great because of their versatility, especially the knit.
How do you like wearing it?
It can be worn equally well with a suit, chinos and a blazer or with jeans, a sweatshirt and a jacket.