We are proud to present the New Balance 2002R "Refined Future" Pack and Extra Butter "Wabi Sabi" Fall 2022 Apparel Collection. Exclusively releasing September 29th.

“Last year, we launched the first Refined Future pack through a Y2K narrative, inspired by the era in which the 2002 originally debuted. For this year’s launch, we sought to create product storytelling that directly tied back to the design of the Refined Future Pack,”  says Bernie Gross, Creative Director at Extra Butter. “The model’s signature detail is the upper panel that is seemingly cut haphazardly, which to me implied the presence of a human, handmade element. It very much reminded me of the Wabi Sabi - a Japanese philosophy embracing imperfection, impermanence, and asymmetry."

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Extra Butter 2022 Fall Collection

Extra Butter took direct inspiration from the New Balance 2002R Refined Future and its "imperfect" design aesthetic to dictate the art direction for our Fall apparel collection.

The Wabi Sabi Hoodie is a midweight 350GSM brushed fleece with a custom cloud dye taking colors from the 2002R Mirage Gray. The Wabi Sabi Tees come in matching the other two 2002R colorways, with exposed seams for the "imperfect" aesthetic and mineral washed for a vintage look. We're very proud of the new Ori Trouser, taking inspiration from Japanese fits with a wide leg fit. The pant is fabricated with vintage herringbon tweed and features cargo patch pockets, elastic waistband and rope drawstring. The apparel assortment is finished off with the Zen Design and Pagoda graphics on tees, hoodies and truckers for an more casual street look.

Hailing from Kyoto, Japan, Gen Saratani has built a clientele here in New York City through his specialty in Kintsugi, an ancient Japanese craft repairing ceramics and highlighting the fractures with a gold coating.

“What I am doing is repairing the broken [ceramic] pieces into even better or nicer shapes so it heals the piece and it heals the people as well.”
Emigrating to NYC from Jaipur, India allowed Nandini Bagla Chirimar to explore her creativity across line drawings, paintings and metal etch printing. But it was an opportunity to live in Tokyo for 4 years and the patience to work through a language barrier to be tutored by a Japanese woodblock print master that propelled a new form of artistic depth to her artistic journey. What draws Nandini to woodblock printing is the unpredictability and mistakes reflected through the handmade element.

“To me, Wabi Sabi means purity, simplicity and finding beauty in imperfection. In my experience, Japanese woodblock is very much alive… I look both to my external and internal lives for inspiration- my surroundings, daily life, current sensibilities, and to my own thoughts and emotions. Just as there are infinite variations of emotions and feelings, there are infinite outcomes of work when done by hand that reflect a current emotion and current mental state... I feel like the very process of creating a handmade piece is instrumental in deeper exploration and expansion of ideas.”
After establishing a career in computer arts during the dot-com boom, Juliet Martin searched for a new creative outlet that felt more visceral and hands-on. From what began with some uses of a children’s Fisher Price toy loom, she became hooked on weaving and dove into studying the traditional craft of Japanese Saori weaving, adopting it as a medium to create her hand made art pieces.

“My computer-driven art’s process had involved “perfection” – a program wouldn’t work if there were mistakes. There was no room for improvisation. With SAORI weaving, mistakes are golden. They define the medium. My compositions are irregular, indifferent to conventional good taste. They are not classically beautiful; discomfort engages the viewer.“
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