South 2 West 8 is definitely my second favorite collection coming out of the Nepenthes family right now. Owned and directed by Keizo Shimizu, the collection has a very direct reference to the outdoors and American sportswear heritage. Unlike the brand's Nepenthe's brother, the collection is made mostly in Japan. With select collaborations with US factories for bags and footwear, the spring collection picks up right where the winter left off: with some great looking camo, lightweight parkas and tough twills. The collection is very wearable when broken down and the styling is ahead of the curve once again. Although slightly off-key, the blue pullover jacket that packs away into a small bag might be the piece that's most appealing to me. The collection is reasonably priced in its native Japan but doesn't seem to have any signs of making it's way to the western world that I know of. I'm hoping that isn't the case for too much longer.