Hiroki Nakamura explained that this season’s collection was in the middle of product development and manufacturing when the tragic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March last year. Perhaps it was fate that Nakamura chose to reflect the traditional cultures from Japan for the visvim Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Titled Japanism, the collection takes reference from Japanese symbolism and traditional items such as Geta and Ashida sandals. As coincidence would have it, one of the key textile used in this collection comes from a small town of Showa in the Fukushima prefecture. The Choma fabric had been produced in this town for over 600 years, a long heritage which has been protected and preserved by its craftsman. This hand woven fabric was used on the Provenance Blazer, which can be seen styled with a Sashiko T-Shirt and Epoch Stole below.