The brand NESTwear was created after designer Malith Waharaka’s Ko-JD Loafer was selected as one of three winning designs in the ROOY X PARCO ‘Made for Japan’ Booster Challenge in Season 1. Waharaka’s creative vision is often inspired from his experiences while traveling and is reflected in his minimalist and sustainably conscious designs. Influenced and drawn deeply towards large bodies of water, many of NESTwear color palettes include earthy tones and adheres to using sustainable materials.
Seeing first hand how people all over the world live their lives has given me the fascination, appreciation and sensitivity for the people and the materials that it surrounds.
About Malith Waharaka
It wasn’t long after designer Malith Waharaka realized when ocean engineering had “no creative outlet” that he switched to studying industrial design at Virginia Tech. Based in New Jersey, the young designer takes a hands-on, engaging approach to design that is most strongly reflected through his raw sketches. As one of three winners for ROOY X PARCO ‘Made for Japan’ Booster Challenge, Waharaka hopes to continue designing and start a career within the footwear industry.
Seeing first hand how people all over the world live their lives has given me the fascination, appreciation and sensitivity for the people and the materials that it surrounds
Inspired by the traditional Japanese Geta and Uwabaki, the Ko-JD Loafer was designed for the most fashionable and sustainably conscious consumer. The loafer’s design takes in subtleties of the Japanese culture along with modern day trends. Made with industrial wool felt and premium Japanese denim, the loafer proves to be a multi-functional shoe— comfortable to wear indoors and durable enough to trek outdoors with its reclaimed wooden soles.
Kuroki Mills Denim
The heel of the Ko-JD Loafer is lined using premium Japanese Kuroki denim that is as timeless as it is comfortable. The long-time Japanese denim retailer is globally recognized as producing the finest and most distinctive denim textiles.
Highly known for its natural and sustainable qualities, felt is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres tightly that gives it a flexible yet durable hold. Industrial felt–a thicker and more dense style of felt–was used to construct the upper of the Ko-JD Loafer.