The first instalment of 2021 WTAPS sees the Japanese streetwear pioneers embark on this year filled with promise with a selection of accessories and classic apparel pieces. With their trademark blend of military, collegiate, sports, and workwear influences firmly in view, WTAPS posit a utilitarianism which we could all use more of right now.
WTAPS indisputably take most of their aesthetic cues from 20th-century military influences. But their collections reach far beyond merely recreating the military garb of yesteryear in a contemporary streetwear idiom. Though military-style utility remains their calling card, it’s how they incorporate disparate cues into their unifying aesthetic that makes the label what it is.
Sometimes this is apparent in juxtaposition, as with the WTAPS Rags Crewneck Sweat. This piece combines WTAPS’s military-inspired aesthetic with the avant-garde fashion gesture of deconstruction. Cut from pieces of brushed cotton sweatshirt jersey, this garment features asymmetrical construction, with the body composed of two pieces of fabric of different lengths. This asymmetry is accentuated by the fact that the overlapping created by this gesture obscures half of the WTAPS ‘spec’ motif screen-printed on the front and back.
Here in the beige colourway, this crewneck sweat also features three woven WTAPS labels, one below the neckline, and two above the bottom hem; and ribbed cuffs, crew neckline, and asymmetrical bottom hem.
Made in Japan from 100% cotton.
Style Number: 211ATDT-CSM27.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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