I expect, like me, you’re a mad fan of folklore patterns dating back to the 1800s. I know, I know same right? That’s pretty much my life – getting my drank on, expensive Japanese garms, downloading from xlr8r.com and enjoying folklore patterns dating back to the 1800s. This Comme des Garcons chap GANRYU is the same. If he’s not making expensive Japanese garms, he’s making expensive Japanese garms featuring folklore patterns dating back to the 1800s. Crazy fucking bastard.
This is the GANRYU Embroidered Motif Belt, which, according to the storeblurb over at Union, “draws inspiration from folklore patterns that date all the way back to the 1800s.” What folklore? What country? When between now and the 1800s? None of these questions are answered. It’s almost like just by writing the phases, ‘folklore patterns’ and ‘dating to the 1800s’ the reader is encouraged to imbue the product with more inherent value. To bestow on this belt a greater cultural worthiness? But that’s a cheap trick. That can’t be right, this is GANRYU of Comme des Garcons, this is Union, this is important, conceptual high fashion… I’m positive there must be more to it than that. I’m positive. They must have just forgot to say.