10 Feb
The Japanese brand jumps into the plush toy game

Besides impeccable clothing and footwear, mastermind Japan’s not afraid to get into the plushy toy game. This Skull Kid plush toy takes mastermind Japan’s signature skull & bones and manifests it in ultra-cute format. If you didn’t attend the runway show of mastermind Japan at VERSUS TOKYO back in October to get it free, you […]


30 Jan
Chuck Taylor-inspired high-tops with leather collar & front tab

Mastermind Japan and SASQUATCHfabrix have teamed up and created the double-zip sneaker. The black sneakers are Chuck Taylor-like high-tops with side logo detail of both companies. Leather collar detail and a front tab featuring mastermind Japan’s skull logo are the finishing details. Mastermind Japan’s creator, Masaaki Honma, recently announced that the spring/summer 2012-2012 would be […]


13 Dec
Black canvas high-top collaboration from two of Japan's best

The highly reliable mastermind JAPAN here collaborates with Converse Japan on a highly customized version of Converse’s Jack Purcell Hi Zip silhouette. Of course as it is mastermind Japan expect an all black colorway with copious skull and crossbones — a logo we see repeated on zipper tags, tongue and heel. The sneaker also features […]


5 Dec
Capsule collection sweatshirt celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

Mastermind Japan, masters of the well placed collaboration, have teamed up with Playboy and Theater8 on a limited edition capsule collection consisiting of a pair of black tshirts and sweatshirts. Made to celebrate the end of the Year of the Rabbit, the best piece is the hoodie above that takes mastermind Japan’s skull & crossbones […]


9 Nov
High end Japanese designed & constructed black nylon duffel

While it bums us out that mastermind JAPAN will be shuttering its brand down after next year, we can still expect a few more top notch productions from them. This latest Drum Boston Bag, done in collaboration with frequent Japanese-partners-in-arms Porter, is just one more reason to miss the high-end streetwear label. The duffle bag […]


5 Oct
A collection of indelible skull themes in fashion, art & culture

From Alexander McQueen to Powell Peralta to mastermind Japan to Damien Hirst’s infinitely over-discussed For the Love Of God sculpture, skulls have dominated the cultural landscape unlike any other singular motif. Of course this is nothing new — mankind’s obsession with the macabre certainly predates the proto-heavy metal tropes of the 70s. English freelance editor, […]


22 Sep
Joint shoe collab showcases simplicity in design

Two elite Japanese clothing brands, Mastermind Japan and visvim, combine forces to produce the Gila Moc mid top shoe. Though the kicks feature some small details like MMJ’s signature silver aged skull logo and and visvim-like tassels on the heel, it’s the upper suede and simply color scheme that makes this shoe a standout. Keep a […]


18 Jul
Two top brands collaborate for Spring/Summer 2012

When brands as high quality as mastermind JAPAN and UK luggage makers Globe Trotter (who made that Attaché Briefcase for Future Collectibles) get together, you know the results are going to be top notch — just like their collaborative Leather Suitcases from last year. So it’s little surprise this trunk-like suitcase, crafted entirely from Globe […]