Needles, the Japanese label founded in 1997, which merges old western style with American military garb, incorporating stylish Japanese fabrics, is creating a limited edition collection dedicated to the Baracuta icon, the G9 jacket, for the very first time.
Needles X Baracuta fuses the features of the two brands in one surprising product that enhances the authentic fit that is so jealously guarded in Baracuta's archives, to rework it in paisley-printed corduroy in 5 different colours. Eccentric creations in terms of their colour combinations, the 5 styles perfectly convey Baracuta’s style and the unique artistic sensibility of Needles. Every garment has kept Baracuta’s distinctive features: the Fraser tartan lining, the two-button collar and the distinctive umbrella-shaped yoke on the back of the G9 jacket.
All the collaborations that Wacko Maria embarks upon share one common feature: beauty and music. Initially famous for its largely HFWaiian shirts, Wacko Maria was founded in 2005 by two former J-League football players, Keiji Ishizuka and Atsuhiko Mori. As with Baracuta, the brand’s style is truly unmistakeable, as it combines various elements and different stylistic cultures to create something new and special every time. It often uses themes inspired by traditional Japanese prints, such as floral motifs, tigers and two-dimensionality, which we can see as the recurring design in the Baracuta collaboration for the G9 and G4 jackets. Thus, on the one hand, this collaboration pays tribute to Japanese and Anglo-Saxon culture, on the other it is strongly influenced and inspired by American streetwear, representing not merely the fusion of pure fashion, but also of music, photography and art.