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Harputs Y-3

Smart and Wearable

Outside 1527 Fillmore, just below Japantown and Upper Fillmore's stretch of boutiques and cafes, is a man wearing a surgical mask with gloves. Meet Matt Dick, Creative Director for Harputs Y-3. Currently under renovation, the nondescript storefront is easy to miss but will soon showcase the world's largest concentration of Y-3 designs from Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas.

Matt Dick is helping Harputs to re-launch in June as Harputs Y-3. The new store space is part of what used to be a Victorian cinema. Matt's mindfulness of the original building's aesthetics is evident in the new space. A mezzanine balcony stretches along one side. One man is hard at work chipping off the suffocating white plaster to expose the mighty industrial steel beams that soar to the high ceilings. A glass façade is in the works to create an open environment inviting to passersby from the sidewalk.

Even though the new space is undergoing major renovation, expect to find a stylish selection of sneakers, accessories and clothing for both men and women from Y-3's Spring/Summer Collection on the opposite side that is shielded from the dusty work next door.

Known for his sophisticated designs in a simple palette with artistic use of colors, Yamamoto sports a number of collectibles for the Y-3 line. Currently in stock is the bright yellow Y-3 Boxing Sneaker that sports the signature three band branding of Adidas. It comes in other summer pop colors such as teal and aqua.

Another fashionable collectible is the Y-3 Ballerina. It's a flat, which is key in this city. Remember Prada's footwear that sported a red band when you lifted your heel? Well the Y-3 Ballerina flashes a splash of neon pink -- with black soccer-like cleats.

For the whimsical ones, try the white sneakers with large red circles that cover the entire shoe, sole included. The pair comes in white on black too.

Y-3 is not only about footwear but also accessories and clothing. The re-launch promises an array of bags, hats and clothing that gives us another reason to shop and to scrap the laments that only New York and Paris carry what is smart and wearable.