Nepenthes was first established by designer Keizo Shimizu as a distribution company importing American garments to Japan in 1988. Sensing something was missing, Shimizu created ‘Needles’ as an in-house brand that would support the imported items in store.
Needles unique aesthetic blends the old western and military Americana style with Japanese textiles, presenting an innovative interpretation of repurposed vintage whilst spawning an eccentric yet handsomely rugged sportswear style. All Needles products are manufactured in Japan and the name ‘Needles’, comes from “Need Less” – i.e. simplifying the design and boiling it down to the essentials.