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Yeah, it was honestly just the length that was bothering me. I was thinking about styling it like a long coat - but I'm in LA and that won't fly most of the time. Thanks for the input Hendrix
post #152 of 254
Not feeling it, cut isn't flattering.
post #153 of 254

The chinos are throwing it off.  Pop the collar, throw on some grey/black jeans and take another pic?

post #154 of 254
yeah well, I mean if you're up for a bit of a challenge, it fits you pretty much exactly as I imagine it's meant to fit, just not with chinos etc.

It could be one of those things that sits in the back of your wardrobe for 5+ years until its miraculous rediscovery. I guess it depends what you're after.
post #155 of 254
No its gross return it
post #156 of 254
This thread needs resurrecting. Takahiro is still making great stuff. I don't always like the lookbooks, but I think the actual pieces are sick. Really love the shirts in particular. Old cowboy shirts were so good.



gray version

Cocktail shirt is awesome.

Stuff looks great on the ladies too.

Great shots of a huge number of items:
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post #159 of 254
i think the brand is a bit hard to discuss cause it's not that accessible outside of Asia and NY. all the pieces are pretty awesome - sometimes hard to wear though. i don't own or wear as much of it these days but i still have utmost faith in miyashita

rumour has it some retailers like HAVEN will be stocking soloist soon, so perhaps that will help in increasing popularity : )
post #160 of 254

The Soloist FW14














Soloist x Foot the Coacher side lace sneaker

Soloist double ring adjustable brim hat (by Kijima Takayuki)


SS14 The Soloist x Liberty for Isetan





My recent acquisition - Soloist x Cody Sanderson ring





post #161 of 254
Probably letting go some Soloist pants (see sig) but might be open to trades if anyone has anything good in a M or possibly a S for some shirts.

Those Foot the Coacher sneaks are sick. I like the regular lace version too. Passed on picking up the NN x Converse a little while ago in the hopes that I might be able to get a pair of these.
post #162 of 254
Always nice to see more of this brand, thanks for posting stuff!
post #163 of 254
stumbled across this T Magazine piece from 2008 while looking for something else. some of its kinda cheesy but still good. all hail the oyster.
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Dressed to the (N)ines
Published: September 4, 2008

The romantic ideal of the tortured artiste is always in fashion — even so, the Number (N)ine designer Takahiro Miyashita seems to take special pains to suffer for his craft. When planning the portrait that accompanies this article, he asked that his face be obscured, perhaps fearing that the gigantic frames he wears wouldn’t provide sufficient cover. During our interview, he fielded several questions with enigmatic pronouncements like “You would have to ask my brain” and “I am a shadow.” At times, he simply stared into space, as if submerged in an autistic trance. Thus the sobriquet “Taka the oyster.”

Miyashita is part of a relatively new wave of Japanese designers, including Junya Watanabe, Undercover’s Jun Takahashi and Daiki Suzuki of Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills, who are obsessed with American style; in Miyashita’s case, his dark side yields clothes of paradoxical luminosity. His fall collection, My Own Private Portland, features updated Northwest classics like plaid shirts, fur-lined trapper hats and nubby, grungy cardigans. In the spring of 2009, his Lonesome Heroes dudes will be sporting a mishmash of brocades and Navajo patterns.

At 16, Miyashita came to the States and fell in love with Americana. While his contemporaries were struggling with algebra and first dates, he was assisting stylists for Japanese magazines like the defunct Check Mate. “I got expelled from school because I did so many things,” he says cryptically, before admitting to having smoked pot. Miyashita spent his days on the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya, the epicenters of Tokyo teenage street style; what little money he had he spent on clothes, which he’d tear apart in order to remake and customize them. Through this process he taught himself how to design and started working with Nepenthes, a label that specialized in American-inspired clothing. Eventually he began traveling regularly to the States for research, focusing on cities like Austin, Tex.; Butte, Mont.; and his favorite, Portland, Ore.

Miyashita wears his pop-culture infatuations on his sleeve — and everywhere else. On a recent afternoon in Paris, he sported old khakis with Birkenstocks, a lumberjack shirt, a Victorian-inspired vest, a dangling fur satchel, an assortment of necklaces and trinkets, a jeweled guitar pin, a large stone ring, a leather cuff, a big plastic watch, a rakish hat and a crumpled cigarette pack worn as a brooch. His shows are set to the tracks of idols like Nirvana and Johnny Cash. He constantly adds to the collection of vintage clothes, records and images that inform his work; “The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish” are two of his favorite movies, and he’s crazy for Joseph Szabo’s pictures of American teenagers in the ’70s and Slater Bradley’s “Doppelgänger Trilogy” featuring Kurt Cobain.

“What sets us apart from older Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto is that we are much more influenced by youth culture and, especially, music,” says Jun Takahashi, Miyashita’s close friend. He’s right: while their predecessors have traditionally focused on intellectual experiments with texture and shape, these new designers have an innate understanding of global street trends. Miyashita, who not surprisingly loves American punk rock, has formed two bands, the Highstreets and the Ivory. “I still believe that music can change culture,” he says. (The name Number (N)ine refers to the Beatles’ “Revolution 9.”) “I just made a song called ‘Dark Shadow,’ ” he says. “The lyrics say, ‘Please, please, please kill me.’ All my work, whether it’s in fashion or music, is about rebellion and not being conventional.”

He recently traveled to Portland to see Wipers, a favorite band, but says he’d instantly give up music if he had to choose between that and fashion. His men’s line is growing steadily, and he hopes to further develop his women’s range, which at the moment consists only of adapted versions of his men’s collection. “Without fashion, I would have nothing,” he says earnestly. “It’s my life.”

It’s the quintessential designer sound bite, but in this case it feels painfully real.
post #164 of 254
WTB: Soloist Cowboy hat in a size medium. Any color
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Soloist zip jacket showed up today (from YJ) and thought I might as well post here.  I think it might be from FW12, but not completely sure.  I can find zero other pictures of it on the internet.  I've seen other versions in asymmetric navy but they have an off white lining (rather than black), and no chest pocket.


Its sheep and kangaroo leather, wool-angora mix lining, deerskin patch.


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