Off-White is undoubtedly one of the biggest streetwear brands of the modern era, thanks to Virgil Abloh. As Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Abloh is one of the most renowned designers to date, breathing new life into the French luxury fashion house. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Jun Takahashi with Undercover, one of Japan’s most popular high-end streetwear labels. Considered as one of the OGs in the scene, it was only a matter of time before Abloh and Takahashi were to come together to give us the first-ever Undercover x Off-White collaboration.
Cheekily named “UNDEROFFWHITECOVERS”, this capsule collection brings out the best of both Abloh’s and Takahashi’s abilities in the world of fashion. The entire collection consists of mostly two colours — black and white, both of which are the staple choice of the respective brands. From t-shirts to hoodies, sweats, and even denim, the collection has something for everyone. A good mixture of graphics is also present, comprising both horror and punk motifs to great effect.
This will also be one of the few times that an American streetwear label is collaborating with a Japanese streetwear brand that isn’t A Bathing Ape (Bape). As Bape is already a world-renowned streetwear label with its various camouflage prints, Undercover features a more minimalist and avant-garde approach. As Off-White is known to be loud and obnoxious, it will be interesting to see just how these two creative minds will gel together.
Both the Off-White and Undercover branding will be prominent throughout the collection, albeit with a new design. This comes in the form of a collaborative logo that sees Undercover written upside down beneath Off-White in a script.
With Abloh’s history becoming common knowledge these days, only true OGs in the game of streetwear in Japan would know about Takahashi and his rise with Undercover. Starting in 1993, Undercover came out in the same year as Bape did through its owner, Nigo, who Takahashi went on to launch Nowhere with. Takahashi’s mentor was none other than Rei Kawakubo, the founder of another streetwear label, Comme des Garcons.
While Undercover remains to be the more underrated of the two streetwear giants, it still presents itself as high-end luxury streetwear fashion; a brand that most locals would know unless you have studied thoroughly about the history of streetwear in Japanese culture.