The Sensory Issue is a collection of creative minds with unique perspectives of the world expressed through art and design. It’s becoming increasingly challenging for brands to command our attention in a world saturated with new products around every corner. Issue 18 focuses on the talents who transcend the shallow buzz distracting much of our senses, in order to provoke them.
Elsewhere in this issue, we continued our exploration of the intertwining of East and West within fashion. Keizo Shimizu, founder of Nepenthes, recounts his mission of importing middle America’s thrift shop finds to plant the first seeds of the influential Americana movement back in Japan. In our “Conversations With…” section, we ask San Francisco native Alexander Wang on what it’s like having the highest-profile Asian name in fashion.
To both literally and metaphorically reflect the fembot artwork that Hajime Sorayama created exclusively for our cover, The Sensory Issue is our first to feature an entirely metallic cover and comes packaged within a similarly metallic sleeve with special gifts inside.
Hypebeast was launched in January of 2005 as a media platform originally catering towards the world of sneakers and streetwear. Borne out of a frustration in finding aggregated information, the creation of Hypebeast has subsequently created a unified outlet for all the latest and relevant news in the world of men’s fashion.