Gaijin Garms: Japanese Menswear Brands For Your Winter Wardrobe

As the Rugby World Cup reaches its climax, Japan fever continues to sweep across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in the increasing influence of Japanese fashion brands on the streets of London. Here’s our pick of the best menswear brands from the Land of the Rising Sun

A Camping Trip, Visvim x MR PORTER

Coat Tales: Visvim 

Were you to combine American workwear with Japanese sensibility, you would arrive at something like Visvim. Founded by Mr Hiroki Nakamura in 2001, the brand has developed a cult following. This ‘Yukata’ coat is the kind of stand-out piece you can drape over pretty much any outfit and still look like you’ve made a considerable effort, as evidenced by Mr Nakamura (centre in main image).

£3,640, Visvim, mrporter.com

Blazin’ Hot: Soundman 

Rule no.1 to dressing well: K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple, Stupid. The Birmingham Blazer from Soundman should be an ever-present piece in every man’s wardrobe. Based on an early workwear garment and predominantly modelled on British factory workers’ uniform from the earlier parts of the 20th century, this is made with a washed-out indigo-dyed Sashiko fabric – 100 per cent cotton and 100 per cent hard-wearing.

£469, Soundman, clutch-cafe.com

Selvedge your Soul: Iron Heart 

Like matcha and manga, Japanese denim has been one of the country’s most desirable exports. Many denimheads consider Japanese selvedge denim to be the best in the world as a result of its manufacturing on vintage shuttle looms. Iron Heart’s jeans have been ‘over-engineered’ to the extreme – if bikers swear by them, they’re probably good enough for your urban commute.

£332, Iron Heart, rivetandhide.com

Watch Out: Seiko

Don’t be that snob who only buys Swiss. Grand Seiko, Seiko’s premium watch division, is the crème de la crème of Japanese horology. More accurate than most mechanical watches, thanks to Seiko’s unique automatic Spring Drive system, and finished to meticulous levels not seen at a similar price point, those in the know will appreciate your choice.

£6,500, SBGA231, seikoboutique.co.uk

Knit Wits: Comme des Garçons

It’s amazing what putting an embroidered heart motif on a garment can do, right? A favourite of celebs (Pharell, Drake, Justin) and front row regulars, Comme des Garçons' Play cardigan pulls all the heartstrings with its childish irreverence. Made in Japan, you’ll gain instant access to pre-season previews and art galleries around the world, such is the appeal of that heart to creatives across the globe.

£254, Comme des Garçons, doverstreetmarket.com

Sneaker Time: PRAS

The Japanese fashion landscape is often a bewildering place, as any foreigner visiting Japan can attest. Recreating Americana is a national obsession – a remnant of the American occupation post WW2 – and their sartorial tributes to the land of Dean and McQueen are unparalleled. These sneakers, inspired by US Naval-issued footwear, are entirely made in Japan and feature a vulcanised construction, where the soles are bonded to the uppers through a firing process in a kiln.

£125, Pras Shellcap Low Sneakers, clutch-cafe.com