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This is the Bellow Jacket from Blackyoto and, like all the pieces from Blackyoto, it's one of a kind. The brainchild of Jeremy McAlpine, the brand takes vintage clothing from across Europe and sends it to be garment-dyed in Japan by Kyoto Montsuki, a company specializing in the shinkuro process, “an environmentally sound black oxide dyeing method” that produces deep, rich blacks, much like the redactions in classified documents or the depths of your own soul. Yes, the resulting clothes are expensive, but they're the unique creations of a labor-intensive upcycling system and also look really fucking cool. You can’t put a price tag on that. Unless you do. Then it costs 388 USD. But this thing has a belt. Come on, a belt on a jacket? Who ever heard of such madness? I understand that we live in a free society, where individuals may do what they will, but a belt on a jacket? What’s next? Zippers on t-shirts? Oh shit, I think my brain just straight Incepted itself -RB
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