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Workers

By Tom Ran

Published: February 28, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Takashi Tateno, founder and owner of Workers, with his Leica M9.

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Takashi Tateno, founder and owner of Workers, with his Leica M9.

Workwear made it into the mainstream consciousness during the 90’s with brands like Dickies, Carhartt and Ben Davis. What was meant for the working man became a uniform for urban culture with the birth of streetwear. Ten to fifteen years later we see workwear shifting once again. What was meant for the working man became a uniform for the stylish culture with an emphasis on menswear. Heritage brands were resurrected, labels delved into their archives, and new brands adopted old manufacturing techniques. Workwear may seem to be on its last legs or even its deathbed according to some but for Takashi Tateno the founder of Workers, who was a part of it all during the last decade and continues to make some of the truest forms of design of this style, one can see him endlessly working away even when the trend moves on. We managed to take a few moment of his time and sat down with him for an interview. Read it here.

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