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ROC STAR - Label To End December 31st

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They say all good things must come to an end and this is surely the case here. Announced by its founder DJ Daruma (Norihisa Kitamura) on his personal blog, the Japanese label known as ROC STAR will cease operation the end of this year. This following similar announcements by other clothing labels from Japan, Devilock and MASTERMIND Japan to name a few.  Still, it comes as a surprise since DJ Daruma, one half of pioneering Japanese electro duo Dexpistols, is such an influential figure with the urban culture of Japan. Further more, Kitamura gave no concrete reasoning behind the closure. Though on his personal entry, he explained the decision was a personal one.  In true Japanese fashion, Kitamura both thanked and apologized to his executives, colleagues, friends, and supporters . The current season of ROC STAR will be its last as the label retires into the street wear archive for good. Read the full announcement from Kitamura on ROC STAR blog.