The rest of these are going in a post together, due mostly to laziness and in part because their quality doesn’t make them worth the effort to post individually. Most of the photos are from the earlier years of Takuya Angel, beginning from 2003, because those are the designs I’m most attracted to and exhibit more of a traditional than cyber lean. As a rule, the more subdued color and use of plaid you see, the older the design when it comes to this brand.
Takuya Angel is an interesting little clothing brand, which enjoys the juxtaposition of traditional japanese fashion with modern and futuristic elements. All of these photos (found on the brand’s website) are taken at Angeler events, the die-hard fans of the TA brand.
While I don’t remember exact details, Takuya Angel was formed when its founder had a startling realization that Japan’s traditional culture was somewhat fragile, and very susceptible to the ravages of time. He wanted to create a link between Japan’s past and future, and so created the TA brand which is not only inspired by traditional clothing but uses vintage and antique materials in its designs, such as one of a kind silks from kimono.
I’m not sure how well TA is known in the states, but I would imagine that those who are aware of it became so because of the ever popular DJ Sisen, who worked at the Takuya Angel store and promoted it heavily, and who I believe probably had a lot to do with the heavy cyber influences of TA’s more recent lines. The physical store closed recently (within the past couple years I believe), but items can still be purchased on the homepage.
(Via Takuya Angel)