The intention is to visit the great NYC shop Extra more than once or twice a year. This shouldn’t be too difficult, considering the small store sits about 500 yards as the crow flies from my office, but I’m lucky if I can ever make it by. This Sunday I managed to do a bit better and stopped by Extra to chat with the shop’s owner / one man band Koji and see what was new.
In addition to all sorts of amazing vintage clothing, objects and art (much of which is priced NOT to sell because Koji doesn’t want to let it go), Extra carries a comprehensive selection of NYC-based Post Overalls. I ended up leaving with a black wool Chore coat from Post, a perfect jacket from fall. I also came away with some intrigue after browsing a few samples that Koji was selling off from Japanese brand Corona. I’ve seen a few things on blogs about Corona here and there, but I never realized that the line was designed by one of the Post Overalls guy who split off and moved back to Japan.
As I poked around on the Internets I came across this great looking field jacket from Corona at the store Maps in Osaka that is also perfect for fall. You can order it, but the information is entirely in Japanese — so good luck with that. In many ways, Corona looks pretty similar to Post Overalls, but it doesn’t seem as workwear based. From what I understand, the entire collection is made in Japan and outside of Extra, doesn’t seem available anywhere in the U.S., though hopefully I am wrong about that. With plans to be in Japan in late October, I know one of the things I will have my sights set on. [Corona]