It sounds cliché referring to NYC as a melting pot at this point, but it’s so true. New York doesn’t allow anyone to choose just one avenue. Sometimes because construction is obstructing it, or it’s a street you just don’t want to go down at night, but mostly because life here is a constant roll of the dice, an eternal wild card, but that’s also the draw.
Landlord’s creative director Ryohei Kawanishi finds himself attracted to places that offer cultural stimulation without limits. Which is why he made the move to Harlem, New York, from Dalston, East London (known for its Caribbean culture and community). The culmination of moving and living in the world’s most diverse places became the idea for his brand Landlord. The idea was to take what he witnessed during his travels through the streets and provide a new sense of utilitarian fashion for the ‘tenants’.
Kawanishi’s latest collection is once again able to detour from the label of
appropriation, because his designs are more renderings of his imagination, homaging the culture with a fine attention to detail. Last night, this newest lineup hit all the notes of a great Reggae song. The Japanese designer referenced the markets of Jamaica as the main premise. Pulling from the Rastafarian swatches of red, green and yellow, and applying the palette to Landlord’s staple pieces, Kawanishi continues to create a fusion of culture, while keeping his brand intact, and just importantly—fresh.