British independent record label Ninja June is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special capsule collection called NINJA BUSHI produced by Japanese streetwear label Sasquatchfabrix. The capsule was originally meant to be released in 2020, but we don’t need to tell you why it was delayed. Either way, we’ll see it released next week.
Founded in 2003 by Daisuke Yokoyama, who is part of Tokyo-based design collective Wonder Worker Guerrilla Band, Sasquatchfabrix. is a streetwear label that draws from high fashion, embraces avant-garde and honour traditional dress, but is ubiquitous and thoroughly wearable. The brand has described its work as “high performance vandalism”. Ok, sure!
The brand is also not known for its frequent collaborations but seems to have loosened its belt for Ninja Tune, who together have created a special capsule collection that straddles a world somewhere between ninja, samurai and DJ.
The collection delivers a variety of accessible silhouette pieces like shirts, coaches and Hanten jackets (a short, traditional Japanese winter coat) which are elevated by Sasquatchfabrix.’s attention to detail and Ninja Tune motifs. Artwork for the capsule comes by way of cobird, whose designs reference Japanese peonies and ukiyo-e (a famous genre of Japanese woodblock printing, painting and art from the 17th through 19th centuries that translates to “pictures of the floating world” in English), mixing and matching these themes with graphic flourishes, kanji (symbolic or logographic characters from the Japanese writing system) and all-over prints. Accompanying the wearables are a couple of accessories like a branded bucket hat and adjustable wrap bag.
Ninja Tune is an independent record label created in 1990 by duo Coldcut after being inspired by a trip to Japan. Based in London, the label has released music by The Cinematic Orchestra, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, BICEP, Peggy Gou, Marie Davidson, Floating Points, Kid Koala and many, many, many more.