ÉDIFICE LA BOUCLE SS22 shot by Tomoaki Shimoyama
American West skyscapes inspire the Tokyo menswear label for their latest summer lineup
Modelled by American photographer and artist, Edward Levinson and styled by Ryota Yamada, the Spring/Summer 22 look book for Édifice La Boucle bursts with a vintage color palette, loose weekend suiting, and delicate patterned shirting.
Édifice La Boucle is the in-house menswear label from Japanese menswear boutique Baycrew's Store.
We present some of the key pieces from the collection below.
A lilac cotton chalk stripe is used to give an ultra-relaxed, fresh feel to the suiting. Alongside, a padded shoulder, peaked lapel vest in a classic wool pinstripe is shown with matching pants.
A classic 1980s style American long jacket is paired with a leopard print shirt, matching wool pants, and classic western boots.
The dark teal tropical wool jacket is cut with a low V silhouette and is shown with heavy cotton loose pants, re-worked from a military fatigue pattern.
The overshirt is made from a heavy cotton and is based on an old Mexican vintage piece owned by the designer, Rui Konno. He says "There are many items in the world that are not so-called masterpieces, but they look good, and for me it was a Mexican shirt I owned. Genuine second-hand clothes are often poorly made, so I wanted to keep the atmosphere but refine it."
The shirt is shown worn with orange light cotton painter pants, cut to be wide and comfortable in summer.
We see a small quantity of Chanel tweed sourced by the designer used for the second Mexican-inspired overshirt, one of his favourite pieces, and decorated with traditional concho buttons.
The green plaid flannel shirt is made from a Japanese fabric and is inspired by "old favourite" work clothes; well-loved items that might not look special, but that have sentimental value to the wearer. This kind of personal item is juxtaposed effortlessly with the formal elegance of a navy, double-breasted blazer.
One of the key items of the collection is the peaked 6-button double breasted jacket. Konno explains "I started out with the image of a classic British-style suit, but in reality it is lightly tailored like something Italian. It's easy to wear and is finished with a kind of modern interpretation."
You can see the rest of the shoot over on the Baycrew's Store blog.
Photography: Tomoaki Shimoyama
Styling: Ryota Yamada
Grooming: Nori Takabayashi @ Yard
Model: Edward Levinson
Creative Director/Editor: Rui Konno
All images are copyright Tomoaki Shimoyama and Baycrew's Co.,Ltd.