For a long time in Japan there have been master craftsmen called ‘MIYA-DAIKU’. They are professional carpenters who specialize in shrine and temple architecture. They are highly skilled and known for making full use of each piece of wood. For example, if they see a gnarled or imperfect piece of wood, they are able to see its potential instead of seeing it as a defect and throwing it away. Shape determines how an item will be used. I believe this is what design can do. “Placing things where they should be” on the assumption that necessity would dictate its use. Try to maximize the potential of things within the limits of the design. That is our philosophy.
The mark of true luxury is not in the grand gesture, but the simple things done well
In fashion terms, normcore is all about anonymous, detail-free design. It’s a barely audible style that suggests ingrained authority and inner confidence. A series of recent studies by Harvard Business School support this: shop assistants and passers-by were found to perceive customers wearing tracksuits as more confident and likely to splurge in luxury stores than those in fine furs. The point being that anything that isn’t inherently comfortable feels try-hard. Gone are the shouty, flashy markers of traditional luxury.

Since its foundation SHOWstudio has pioneered 3D scanning and motion capturing. For Lane Crawford's S/S 2013 campaign Nick Knight pushed these technologies to their current limit by creating a fashion film and images without using any photography.

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results. (via Ed)

Often I don’t really know how to do many of the technical details I want to do. I know that it’s possible, so I just start by trying. I just jump on the sewing machine and see what comes out the other side. At St. Martins, I was told to come up with drawings first, but clothes are meant for the body and its design has to start as a physical thing, not a concept. It’s because we don’t work with preset rules that we’re able to take things to a whole new level. From pattern making, to selecting materials, to the sewing, the closures, we developed everything by ourselves.
- Conroy Nachtigall (Arc’teryx Veilance) - Archetype