Designer Inspirations - N. Hoolywood

February 09, 2012 BY CAPSULESNEWS

(WeAreTheMarket has invited Jake Gallagher, editor of to contribute a series of articles that delve into the thought process behind the collections.)

Daisuke Obana has an enviable understanding of enduring design. For years Obana worked in the vintage market as a buyer and manager before starting N. Hoolywood in 2000. Obana capitalizes on his understanding of what makes for a timeless garment to create collections that are thoughtfully handsome. His strength lies in placing his historical background and knowledge into a contemporary setting to produce beautiful pieces. Obana spoke with us about his influences in his upcoming collection.

What were your biggest inspirations in creating this collection?

Lifetime of Ernest Hemingway

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How are these influences reflected in this collection?

The story of Hemingway's last years is well known in Japan since it's very dramatic. This season, I represent his ways of dressing in different situations from through his lifetime.

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