Carhartt WIP and Japanese brand MIYAGIHIDETAKA have come together for a new capsule collection that reworks the workwear brand’s Master Shirts and Pocket Tees. Under designer Miyagi Hidetaka’s direction, the Carhartt WIP staple items turn into statement pieces utilizing Hidetaka’s signature upcycled bandana treatment.
Vintage paisley fabric is sourced and curated by Hidetaka, then sewn together to create a patchwork take of the Master Shirt (approximately $480 USD), available in hues of red, navy, blue, and black. A multicolored version is also available, combining various colored bandanas, ranging from bright pops of orange and yellow, to subdued grey and brown.
The same vintage fabric is repurposed to craft the chest pockets of the capsule’s Pocket Tee (approximately $90 USD) offering. Simple white and black T-shirts are upgraded with an assortment of colored paisley, such as navy, brown, purple, and blue. All Master Shirts and Pocket Tees feature the Carhartt logo patch on the standard left chest, signifying a true remix of Carhartt classics with the MIYAGIHIDETAKA spin.
MIYAGIHIDETAKA has become popular over the recent years thanks to the growing popularity of bandana wear, an item that has seen everyone remix its use for new product, from independent designers like Hidetaka, to streetwear and skate icons like Supreme, luxury houses like LOEWE, and everyone in between. While some may be referential of the accessory’s deep culture connection, others may utilize the popular paisley textile to catch the trend.
Hidetaka’s method is a season-less one that prioritizes designing pieces he would want to wear or make – no trend forecasting, no seasons to abide by. The designer typically takes a year to source the vintage bandanas for his projects and also emphasizes the Earth-friendly approach for repurposing fabrics in the apparel.
“The most important thing for the environment is control of supply and demand. Right now, there is too much supply in the fashion industry,” Hidetaka told Juice Store in 2020 regarding a similar bandana patchwork collaboration with CLOT. Chasing seasons has been a contributor to the oversupply of apparel. Whether a sustainable effort or not, more brands are moving towards a season-less model to ensure everything is created just right as opposed to meeting a deadline. “MIYAGIHIDETAKA doesn’t release anything coinciding with the fashion season,” Hidetaka added. “We only release things when it’s ready and release what we want to.”
In other upcycling news, the fifth season of LOEWE’s sub-label Eye/LOEWE/Nature menswear collection released bringing luxury to the outdoors, while utilizing reused, recycled, and repurposed materials.