Shunji Ohashi x Garbstore Announce Archive Sale

Shunji Ohashi x Garbstore Announce Archive Sale

Shunji Ohashi x Garbstore Announce Archive Sale

London-based Garbstore has announced a special, one-time sale featuring Kapital designer turned lay monk Shunji Ohashi. The collection of unique items was curated by Ohashi, having been sought after during his time as a designer for Kapital Kountry and his wider career in the fashion industry.

“My role was mainly to remake, reuse and redesign the items that Kapital could not sell because they were classified as category B,” says Ohashi. Ohashi would work closely with these items – designated as Grade B due to errors or imperfections – “creating these beautiful garments rather than throwing them away”.

Through his work at Kapital Kountry, which is best known for reusing existing garments and using special washing and dyeing techniques, Ohashi received a new appreciation for the pieces he would encounter. “I learned about ‘spirits’ in clothes, how to respect fabric, clothes and people,” he says. “You know, everything comes from nature, including humans. We [have to] respect everything. That’s what I learned about traditional crafts and techniques.

“Each item has its own personal story. I know how to talk to them. I want the clothes to go on their own journey and their own story.

In addition to this view, Ohashi’s work in fashion has also been influenced by his Buddhist faith and his role as a lay monk. “Being a lay monk means that we can have a normal life with the latest teaching of Buddha,” he explains. When it comes to his own daily life, a lot of Ohashi’s time is spent creating art himself. “I like the arts and, in particular, sculpture. I’m still an artist and it’s my passion. My favorite Buddhist sculptor is Shinjo Ito. He inspired me a lot and I really respect him, he invested himself body and soul in his work. I learned from him how to use my heart and soul to design and make clothes.

In turn, this experience and approach has shaped Ohashi’s archive, which includes rare pieces and unique pieces. The collection set to launch at Garbstore spans 50 pieces, ranging from Kapital Boro denim shirts and varsity jackets to unique pieces such as graphic tees and patchwork pants. With the incredible array of items, Ohashi finds it hard to pick a favorite. “Each article has its own personal story,” he explains. “I know how to talk to them. I want the clothes to go on their own journey and their own story. I encourage people who have purchased items to contact me.

Despite this, there are one or two pieces that Ohashi particularly likes. “I would say the sashiko items that we made for Louis Vuitton’s SS12 collection, as well as the Sun Studs denim jacket because I really like the sun and this jacket. It’s beautifully done.

With such a unique and extensive archive, it is difficult for Ohashi to part with the material he has accumulated through his own work over the course of his career. “You want to keep it all because they’ve been my favorite pieces over the years that I’ve put my heart and mind into,” he says. “However, in Buddhism we say ‘share what you love with others’, and I wanted to share my spirit.”

Shunji Ohashi’s collection is now on sale on Garbstore’s Selector’s Market platform.

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