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The Brand Founded By A Former Footballer (And Music Obsessive)

May 2019Words by Mr Colin Crummy

Some men wear their hearts on their sleeves; Mr Atsuhiko Mori puts playlists on his. The brains behind Japanese streetwear label, Wacko Maria, is a music obsessive. His brand, co-founded with fellow former J-League footballer Mr Keiji Ishizuka, actually started out as a Tokyo-based record store.

The first Wacko Maria collection emerged in 2005, though music has remained at the heart of the project since. The Tokyo flagship, for instance, remains home to a vast collection of vinyl.

Music is not the only influence on Wacko Maria’s streetwear (collaborators have included filmmakers Mr Jim Jarmusch and Mr Larry Clark and collage artist Weirdo Dave), but rock heroes are on heavy rotation in a new capsule collection, part of MR PORTER’s The Japan Edit.