These Buscemi High-Tops Were Inspired by Japanese Streetwear Culture

Japan’s love affair with streetwear style is going worldwide in a new collaboration.

Buscemi and Tokyo-based brand Mastermind Japan have teamed up on a new high-top sneaker that will launch Sept. 16 at select retailers in North America, Europe and Asia and online at Buscemi.com.


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Buscemi x Mastermind Japan.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Buscemi.

Building upon its sleek fall 2016 collection, Los Angeles-based Buscemi tapped Mastermind Japan designer Homma Masaaki to reimagine the label’s 125MM sneaker with a touch of his country’s rebellious interpretation of streetwear.

The new kicks are crafted in Italy and feature a black leather upper, white sole, and a notched collar and heel handle. Standout treatments include a skull-and-crossbones motif at the tongue and clochette, and Buscemi’s signature lock features an engraved Mastermind Japan logo.

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Buscemi x Mastermind Japan.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Buscemi.

The select retailers carrying the sneakers include: Maxfield (Los Angeles), mmjmacau (Macau), Roden Gray (Vancouver), Sneakerboy, (Australia), Surrender (Singapore), Hankyu Hanshin (Japan), i.t. (Hong Kong), Kokko (Richmond, B.C., Canada), K.Y.C. (Germany), Marais (Melbourne, Australia), 10 Corso Como (Seoul), Anonia (Milan, Italy), Antonioli (Italy), Club 21 (Thailand) and Excelsior (Italy).

Speaking to Footwear News in April, label founder Jon Buscemi shared the inspiration behind his fall ’16 line. “The collection is called ‘Street Elegance,’ ” said the luxury sneaker designer. “You’ll see a lot of street influences in the collection but executed at the highest level. We’re always playing with taking something lo-fi from the streets and making it high-end.”

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