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Three titans of Japanese fashion: Asics, Mita, and Beams, team up to take on one of the definitive pieces of their home country’s signature style, the souvenir jacket.

Originally an East meets West product popular with American soldiers stationed overseas, the colorful, intricately detailed jackets have become synonymous with Japanese fashion’s sense of adventurism.

This Gel Lyte III brings the souvenir jacket back to its military origins. Quilted velvet material is accented by tonal suede to give off a classic bomber vibe. The embroidered graphics that would usually be applied to the back of the jacket appear on the heels in the form of a tiger and the kanji for ‘luck.’ Subtle camouflage application on the sole and sock liner uses one of the most timeless elements in contemporary fashion to not only drive home the GI associations, but also continue the fusion of Asian and Western influences.


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