Inspired by our research of vintage photographs of Yakuza-only onsen - plentiful hot spring baths located on the Volcanic islands of Japan. The majority of onsen today will not allow any foreigners in these baths if you are heavily tattooed due to the history and violent reputation of the Bōryokudan or "Violent Groups" known worldwide as the Yakuza Clan.
Each 650-gram heavyweight robe was constructed with a premium terry cotton material that features over 300,000 colored threads throughout the garment. In fact, the back design of this robe features an unprecedented 21 different colored threads and each custom hand-drawn severed head features 12 different colored threads. An ultra soft inside liner was sewn into each piece so that the garment is comfortably worn.
On each collar, our signature 死ぬまで練習 or "Train Till We Die" saying is vertically embroidered in thick characters. On each arm is our hand-drawn "Namakubi" or severed heads, commonly tattooed by Yakuza for their representation of the warrior class of feudal Japan and can represent a number of things including battle prowess, having zero fear, or respect for ones enemy. The impermanence of life and the conduct someone displays when their time has come creates a sort of beauty in violence. The back of the robe features the endangered Japanese Golden Eagle flying through Japanese blossoms and clouds.
Each Bōryokudan Robe comes packaged in it’s own custom box.