In front of Coconuts, as I was talking and making photos of Ayato and Kumpei from the last two posts, out walks Sho with a record in his hand which I caught in the corner of my eye. I turned to glance to wonder if I could catch him too for Tokyo Record Style, but busy already photographing these gents, I turned my focus back to them as Sho walked off. Then Kumpei mentioned in passing, “That’s my buddy, Sho” Surprised, I said, “I think he’s about to walk off without you.” “Oh, he’s not with us today. Just a coincidence that he’s here too,” Kumpei says. “That’s not a coincidence, that destiny! Call him over here!” “SHO! SHO!!!” As he’s nearly about to turn the corner, I too yell “SHO!!!,” finally catching his attention.

Sho wondered back and his preppy 90’s throw-back style instantly caught my eye. Some yellow-striped Adidas Sambas both perfectly matched and contrasted the muted tones of the rest of the ensemble. Dark Green chinos and a Polo pinstripe knit oxford were a solid casual foundation for the sneakers, the newsboy cap, and holy smokes, stop-the-presses, a minty Louis Vuitton Broadway Shoulder Bag (2002, I looked it up, nice vintage, Sho. You may have just made me a fan of Damier Ebène, which I never thought I could be ). Then Sho flashed a medicine wheel pendant earring, and a refined Franck Muller timepiece, the Casablanca, blue dial if I recall. The orange dot and the bold Coconuts font on the vinyl bag tied it all together. Damn, Sho! Decked out in full regalia. Looking goooooood.

Kumpie pointed out that he also makes music with Sho, who happens to be an accomplished bass player, having attended Showa Academia Musicae (if I got that right). I’m guessing that Sho’s musical tastes run the gamut because he scored an old-school deep-cut record here. I’ve seen these before, the same style art on this series of records and I’ve always been intrigued. Now I have a better excuse to check them out! Thanks for the photos and the hang Sho and gang! See you guys around!

More Tokyo Record Style on the way!

Various – Ultimate Breaks & Beats
Label: Street Beat Records – SBR 523
Series: Ultimate Breaks & Beats
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Unofficial Release
Country: US
Released: 2003
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Funk, Disco

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