Tetsu Nishiyama, the founder and designer of influential brand WTAPS, is a self-described atheist, yet does believe in certain Taoist values. Specifically, he believes in a certain ‘fluidity of life’ as detailed in a recent video piece by Silly Thing. Drawing commentary from an interview with Obscura Magazine and marking the latest episode of ObscuraVision, the video piece takes a brief look inside the designer’s daily routine, following him as he travels from meals with his team in the studio, on a motorcycle ride, and skateboarding around to the GIP Store in Tokyo. A collected, calm persona, the interview also contains some tips on how a successful Nishiyama finds fulfillment in his busy life.
Despite all his successes, his regarded vision of aesthetics, or his intricate ties within Japanese street fashion, WTAPS‘ fearless leader Tetsu Nishiyama is exceedingly modest. This admirable quality manifests itself in his latest interview with HAVEN Shop. Having been deeply entrenched, albeit instrumental in Japanese fashion, the interview takes readers through how a copy machine started Nishiyama’s became a vehicle for creativity, his close relationship with A Bathing Ape’s NIGO, his complete rejection of trends, and how a flagship store is necessarily more than a retail point for a brand. Read the full scale of Tetsu Nishiyama’s intriguing, inspirational views on HAVEN Shop’s blog.