Founded in 1988, Nepenthes began within distribution but opened a store of the same name shortly after, quickly becoming infamous in Tokyo. Nepenthes is now an umbrella which houses many sub labels and brands, including Engineered Garments and the outstanding Needles. Each season the brand deconstructs a number of (mostly military) vintage garments and rebuilds them into brand new items of clothing,
keeping unique detailing throughout and often in places you wouldn't expect. They have rightly made a name for themselves with their Rebuild project, but the main Needles line is superb in its own right too, filtering elements of vintage americana, military and sportswear into this vibrant and exciting brand.