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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Number (N)ine Is (N)o More

Today we received a letter (an actual letter, so you know it's serious) from Number (N)ine. It started with this quote: "When you're finished changing, you're finished." You guessed it: the Tokyo-based, Paris-showing men's label launched 12 years ago by Takahiro Miyashita is closing. The fall '09 collection—portentously called A Closed Feeling—was the last. Miyashita will exit the group, which has already begun disbanding, and "the brand as we know it will come to an end." The letter goes on to say "Over the last decade, Number (N)ine evolved, always forging ahead with a unique and potent vision, to emerge as one of the leading brands of Japan." We agree with the sentiment. Number (N)ine will be missed.

Added February 23
Here's an extra bit of info we got when we contacted Number (N)ine for confirmation: "Yes, it is true. The collection we just showed was the final. We will produce it and finish out the year with that beautiful stuff. Then at that point all stores will close. Takahiro is emotionally and physically exhausted. He is taking a break and will be back with something soon. For now we all have to stock up our favorites as they will be gone come December."

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