READ MORE: The New York streetwear/Japanese gardening cross-over you never imagined possible arrives this Thursday (31 August 2023) with the release of a limited-run Niwaki x Noah collaboration.
The brainchild of original Supreme supremo, Brendon Babenzien and Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, Noah makes music, skate and surf-inspired clothes and accessories that appeal to a wide-range of creative thinkers, doers and now, gardeners.
READ MORE: Back in late 2022, when Niwaki Will was over in Japan to visit Yuri at Niwaki Kagurazaka, meet some blacksmiths and help out with the photo shoot for our most recent catalogue, the team gathered to spend a day with friend of Niwaki, Masaru-san, also known as Niwaraku. Does that name sound familiar to you? Eagle-eyed readers will remember his starring role on the cover of the 2021 Niwaki catalogue (hat, jacket and general air of stylishness – model’s own).
Niwaraku kindly let team Niwaki tag along for a day of gentle gardening, sightseeing and spicy sushi rolls. Yuri took notes and a few pics while Soeda (our man with a cam in Japan) snapped a few more: so without further ado, here’s the report Yuri sent back to Niwaki HQ:
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Whether you’re cloud pruning a Taxus baccata (that’s yew to you), planting bulbs in the window box of a top floor balcony or keeping your houseplants neat and tidy, Niwaki probably has a tool to make the job easier and, dare we say it, a little more pleasurable.
Gardening is held in high-esteem in Japan, and the quality and thoughtful design of our secateurs, pruning saws, spades, shears – everything, really – reflect this. Click to browse the whole range and discover your next “how did I live without that?” tool.
The original and best Japanese Tripod Ladder. Lightweight, finished to a high standard and, most importantly, safe. Three legs and a wide base provide incredible stability, even on slopes and steps. Perfect for hedges, topiary, fruit trees and all other garden and DIY jobs where you need to work safely at height.
Our unique spring-loaded leg pin and platform top step are two of the reasons Niwaki Original Tripod ladders are the professional gardener’s ladder of choice. Try one for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about.
Japanese kitchen knives have a reputation for being among the best in the world, but don’t let the hype obscure their practicality. Niwaki stocks knives for all budgets and levels of enthusiasm, from the entry-level Niwaki Mainichi range (Santoku, Gyoto, Nakiri and Petty) which marries Japanese steel with Western-style handles, to the hand-finished-in-a-tiny-Sanjo-workshop majesty of the Masashi Kobo Damascus knives.
Click to browse the whole range, and feel free to give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to know more.
All the gear and no idea? Sounds like you need more gear! Over the years, we’ve steadily added to a diverse range of workwear clothing, footwear, bags, Japanese pocket knives and other accessories for you and your tools, all with the common denominators of quality and practicality.
From Metal Tool Boxes to Kojima Indigo Denim Work Trousers, and Takumi Ripstop Work Suits to our ever-popular Niwaki Gardening Gloves, we’re certain you’ll find something that will make your life easier, and maybe a little more stylish to boot (we sell them too - check out the Tabi Work Boots and the Niwaki Rubber Boot). Explore the full range here.