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Thinking about studying fashion? Ever consider Japan? Bunka Fashion College is Japan’s first vocational school for fashion and over the past 50 years has churned out graduates that have entered the Paris Collections (Yohji Yamamoto with Y-3 and Kenzo Takada with Kenzo as examples). The coolest thing about Bunka? The students! The school is within walking distance of the famous Harajuku district and the influences couldn’t be more apparent. There is such a tremendous diversity amongst the students, ranging from vintage to gothic to anime to just over the top. I have so much respect for this particular type of Japanese fashion because it speaks of a generation and you really have to be fearless to go out dressed like they do. All I have to say is I thought figuring out what to wear everyday was hard enough, I’m glad I don’t have to keep up with these guys.

Here is a video of one of their fashion shows. Enjoy!

Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty

Designers R. Mackswell Sherman and Sarah Jones are the duo behind the very bright, very fun, and very earth friendly Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty. Their studio in Redhook, Brooklyn is where everything is made and the best part is that all of their materials are either recycled or upcycled. They started out making shirts for mackswell’s experimental puppetry/speed rap performance art and realized people were into their bright colors, geometric shapes, and innovative designs. Aside from their unique clothing and fun image, the thing that really stands out is their mission. The use of salvaged and vintage materials help cut back on fashion waste and they have partnered with Etsy.com under their business model Parachute to help get small-scale fashion designers in a position to compete with huge fashion houses.

You can purchase their clothing on their etsy.com page.

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