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Engineered Garments was officially founded in 1999 in New York by Japanese designer Daiki Suzuki, and his vision of fashion immediately focused on vintage and casual clothing, designed with high quality materials. As an in-house brand of the Japanese company Nepenthes, Engineered Garments has progressively grown, with the production of apparel influenced by its Japanese origins but also by Suzuki's passion for vintage or used American clothing.
Suzuki's interest turned to fashion after reading the first editions of the Made in U.S.A. catalogue in 1975. and the prestigious Popeye magazine, which featured seemingly endless pages of American clothing and culture. His foray into the world of American fashion had left the young Daiki Suzuki with a dream of becoming a designer. Shortly after graduating from the Vantan Design Institute, Suzuki found a job in a Union Square shop, where he met Keizo Shimizu, the founder of Nepenthes. After leaving Union Square, Suzuki was invited to work at Redwood, Shimizu's first retail store. With its plethora of American apparel and decorations, Redwood was the perfect place for Suzuki, who thus broadened his knowledge of the distinctive features and complexity of American clothing.
Shortly after, Suzuki joined Shimizu in Nepenthes as a buyer. He would storm into army surplus and sneakers stores in Boston, then ship the chosen goods to Nepenthes. Eventually, the designer moved to New York which is at the heart of the philosophy of Engineered Garments, the company Suzuki founded in 1999. With American-inspired apparel as its main starting point, Suzuki doesn't try to propose remakes of old garments but rather to deconstruct their design and then reconstruct them with his vision, thus creating a new way of how the garment should be designed.
Often praised for its "Japanese New Americana" aesthetic, Engineered Garments is known for its fatigues and cargo pants, shirts, workwear and blazer-style jackets that are available in a wide range of fabrics for any season. The Bedford Jacket is one of Engineered Garments' signature pieces. Based on classic sports jackets, the Bedford features three removable shank buttons and four front patch pockets. Another staple is the 19th century Button Down shirt which features a three-quarter button placket and a curved hem as well as a patch breast pocket and button-down collar. A reworked military classic, the CPO Shirt is another tried and tested garment, which is reintroduced every year in various colours and fabrics.