One key difference between Japan’s bustling fashion industry and its counterparts world wide is the role of the fashion stylist. While stylists are relegated into obscurity, such as the fine print section on a magazine spread. Their peers in Japan have enjoyed a level of appreciation as the facilitators of designer’s vision in real life environments. Some were given monthly columns in magazines, while others were granted more – to be the designer themselves. Which is what happened to Tadashi Mochizuki (æœ›æœˆå”¯), who in 2002 became the creative director of men’s collection for Japanese fashion label RICO.
Recently, startup timepiece manufacturer, INDEPENDENT, approached Mochiziki for his design insights. What resulted from the collaboration is this simple black, tone on tone chronograph. Battery operated, with stop-watch capability. The watch itself is made out of machined aluminum and the wrist band from vulcanized rubber , the INDEPENDENT x Tadashi Mochizuki (æœ›æœˆå”¯) Chronograph is limited to 500 units only. Set to release next month, it is now available for pre-launch reservation for JP¥ 24,150 (~US$ 225) at FIEIL of ZOZOTOWN shopping network.
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