21 Mercer just received a number of pieces from the Jun Takahashi-designed Gyakusou International Running Collection. We covered a preview of the collection held at 21 Mercer on Halloween, plus a video about the Gyakusou International Running Association, but this is best look at the garments themselves so far. Expectations of the line have been high, and the pieces do not dissappoint. The pieces at 21 Mercer include a ripstop cargo pant with zip side pockets, and a technical yet simple long sleeve crew top, but the absolute highlights are the Brushed Jacket, Lightweight Stretch Jacket, and the SL Fab Mix Jacket. Common threads include short collars, complimentary-color pulls and zips, and various quilted textiles used in forearm insulation. Pound for pound, these light athletic garments rival the best technical fashion anywhere, bringing to mind offerings from ACRONYM, while unmistakably showing Takahashi’s genius for textile and design.
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