FUCT has always been a label that was not afraid to embrace edgy graphics that were born from its underground, counter-culture spirit. Fully aware of its identity at all times, the Brunetti-backed label has maintained its integrity and following largely in part to this mentality. For its latest 2012 collections, the brand taps Atlanta-based photographer, Michael Kusumadjaja, for a taut arrangement of imagery that highlights various pieces from the range. Aligning with Atlanta-natives, Two9, Kusumadjaja captures the southern hip-hop collective in a decidedly desaturated and a uniquely graded pictorial that showcases a slew of the fall/winter “The Gift of Being Naive” tees and lifestyle goods. You can keep up with Kusumadjaja’s work and projects via his Twitter or Tumblr page.
Unknown Soldier has unveiled their latest line of T-shirts for Spring/Summer 2012. Drawing on influences as diverse as Algeria’s colonial history, polarizing public figures such as Jacques Vergès, and existential literature, this latest collection of t-shirts is both thought-provoking and wearable. Nine different designs are available in black, white, and grey.
Gritty fashion line EIGHTARMS & BLACKMIST advances its appeal to the hustlin’ purists of New York City with its latest drop of T-shirts. Featuring a humorous take on DJ Premier’s legal troubles and a tribute to ski-mask-wearing thieves with a Spy vs. Spy top, these graphic adorning T-shirts align seamlessly with the brand’s founding aesthetic of audacious hoopla. Furthermore, the fledging label linked with illustrator Sophia Chang to pay homage to Travis Bickle, New York’s favorite taxi driver from the city’s “lost grimy era.” Made with 100% combined ring spun true-fit cotton, this T-shirt collection is currently available through the EIGHTARMS & BLACKMIST webstore with each purchase coming with a custom Sharpie.
For Spring/Summer 2012 Kitsune unveils a line of nostalgic T-shirts. Simplistic in their design and execution, the offerings contain simple graphics and colors that make them universally accessible. The tees can be purchased at RESTIR for between ￥7,875-￥12,600 JPY (approximately $99-$159 USD).
Poland’s Misbehave has released their Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook entitled ‘Let the Good Times Roll.’ Shot by Lukasz Zietek, we get a nice look at the collection thanks to some crisp photography. The photos highlight pieces for both men and women, which are now available at the Misbehave online shop.
S/DOUBLE SPRING/SUMMER 2012 JAPAN EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION
Having recently opened a shop in Tokyo, Shawn Stussy‘s latest endeavor, S/Double introduces a few new T-shirt designs for Spring/Summer 2012. With each of the four T-shirts boasting a unique and subtle design, the quintessential Shawn Stussy script that is emblazoned across the collection pays homage to various aspects of the surf culture to which S/Double is geared. Look for availability exclusively through S/Double Japan.
AAPE by BATHING APE SPRING/SUMMER 2012 COLLECTION LOOKBOOK
Today Japanese brand Bape presents the official Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Lookbook of their newly introduced AAPE by A Bathing Ape line. While clearly targeted at a younger consumer, the collection consists mainly of t-shirts, hoodies, caps, pants, a little bit of outerwear and of course some accessories. The details are pretty nice, but what bothers us the most is the AAPE name and many times overly branded character of some of the pieces. But that might actually exactly be what the AAPE consumer is looking for.
UNIFORM EXPERIMENT & ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE SPRING/SUMMER 2012 COLLECTION
Uniform experiment presents a photo t-shirt series, featuring the work of late American artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The photographer’s ‘Flowers’ photo series is featured on white t-shirts of the Japanese brand and releases this week as part of their Spring/Summer 2012 Collection.
JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN SPRING/SUMMER 2012 T-SHIRT COLLECTION
Headed by Arashi Yanagawa, Japanese label John Lawrence Sullivan brings us this small T-shirt collection for 2012 spring/summer. Two pieces are offered embodying philosophies of the American socialist Black Panther group, as per the brand’s maxim of representing strength and resilience. A stylized black-and-white panther graphic is presented on one T-shirt alongside an all-over-print mock-up on the next, priced at ¥12,600 JPY (approximately $159) and ¥23,100 JPY (approximately $249 USD) from select John Lawrence Sullivan stockists.
Photographed by Adam Rossiter, the collection is worn by kids and teenagers in the lookbook, while being shot in that very unique look that could not fit FUCT any better. Rural America at its best, the strong graphic t-shirts by FUCT designer Erik Brunetti are the being highlighted in the shoot.
Establishing the subsidiary AAPE line as a more affordable, teenage-driven alternative to its flagship collection, A Bathing Ape is set to introduce its first AAPE storefront in Tokyo. Carrying solely the AAPE by A Bathing Ape collection, the brick and mortar location will be home to the newly introduced Spring/Summer 2012 pieces. The Harajuku address is set for a grand opening on Saturday, June 30.