CCP Channels Urban Utility for Autumn/Winter ‘21
Written by Ali George Hinkins
First brought into This Thing of Ours’ rotation in September 2021, CCP.FM’s garments are oriented towards practicality and usage in urban environments thanks to breathable materials and multi-pocket configurations. Each step that makes the garment is meticulously thought out from local manufacturing in Tokyo to timeless design, all feeding into a sustainable narrative they explore.
Founded in 1996 by Tsutomu Kijima, CCP is an abbreviation of Crazy Character Print but their current output doesn’t necessarily match that sentiment with colours and tones remaining fairly muted and not flashy. In the 25 years since its inception, CCP has garnered a hardcore, cult-like following who flock towards their wares that bridge the gap between sustainable fabrics and functionality. They don’t limit themselves to one notch on the clothing spectrum, instead, they excel in all areas from technical outerwear to fleeces, shirting and bottoms.
Born in an era when rave culture was thriving in Tokyo, the team behind CCP decided that they needed a uniform for dancing the night away to trance and techno music that wouldn’t inhibit their movements. This was also around the time when Tokyo’s bicycle culture boomed and many metropolitan’s ditched four wheels and opted for two for easier traversing around the city - one of those individuals was CCP’s founding father, Tsutomu Kijima. With the brand rooted in both rave culture and performance specificities, the benefits for urban inhabitants, specifically, are neverending. It seems that a lot of focus is directed towards CCP being an urban cycling brand, but they are so much more than that.
Designed with urbanites in mind, garments are equipped with specific details that prioritise comfort, safety and functionality including reflective detailing and highly breathable nylon constructions which is no truer than the Big Hood Boa Fleece Jacket and JK-OB06 Windbreaker that join both the Full Face Hoodie and Full Face Windbreaker to This Thing of Ours’ pre-existing offering of CCP. Delivered through a utility-focused lens, the JK-OB06 Windbreaker improves upon its counterpart released earlier in the Spring. It has been constructed using a breathable and waterproof nylon material that is ideal for commuting through urban environments where the weather is often unpredictable. It comes with technical details like a two-zipper on the front which aids layering, as well as an intricate adjustable hood system. Rounding off the latest delivery is the Big Hood Boa Fleece Jacket which is made using a very toasty Polartec fleece with the addition of an oversized, voluminous hood that conceals a portion of the wearer’s face from all angles - the antidote to increasing surveillance in such environments. The hood is actually removable and the cuffs are adjustable with reflective detailing to increase visibility.
The aforementioned join some existing pieces in TTOO’s arsenal like the Full Face Hoodie, for example, which is a heat-retaining material called Dynamax that absorbs infrared rays to hold onto warmth in the colder months. As is a signature of many CCP garments, a full-face concealing balaclava-style hood hides the wearer’s identity. There are two zip-closure pockets and thumbholes to reduce airflow. This joins the lineup alongside the Full Face Windbreaker (Cream) which is made using a one-layer H2OFF® DR microfiber that boasts water-repellency thanks to a high-density weave structure without additional coating or lamination. The collar is slightly raised to conceal the wearer's face and there are two zippers on the front as well as adjustable details throughout.
The latest from CCP is available online and in-store from This Thing of Ours.
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