Takahiro Miyashita The Soloist - Fashion as a feeling
Takahiro Miyashita once said fashion would be his life and that without it, he would have nothing. While this sounds like your regular designer’s typical soundbite, in his case it really rings true. When he was nineteen years old, he got the chance to design some pieces for the in-house line of the fashion store he was working at, and well, the rest is history. Miyashita is part of a rather new wave of Japanese designers, a wave that includes the likes of Jun Takahashi, Junya Watanabe and Daiki Suzuki. Something all four have in common, is a knack for Americana and a distinct understanding of music and youth culture. These elements are recurring in pretty much every piece from The Soloist, Takahiro Miyashita’s solo project he started in 2011, in order to be able to express himself in his designs more. But one thing after the other.
From Number (N)ine to The Soloist
After all, The Soloist wasn’t Miyashita’s first groundbreaking project. In 1996, he started the now defunct label Number (N)ine and after establishing it as a cult label in Japan, he started showing in Tokyo in 2000. It took him another four years though to receive international stardom, when he started doing shows in Paris in 2004. Number (N)ine however had quickly grown into a big label, with multiple designers, assistants and a somewhat corporate structure. Albeit the absolute cult status he achieved with Number (N)ine, he decided to call it quits in 2010, citing creative differences with the label itself. He then took a sabbatical and returned with a bang. In 2011 he returned to the scene with his new label, TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist, or short “The Soloist”. The name really says it all here, as The Soloist is Miyashita’s very own project, with him being the sole designer, working without a single assistant. Enjoying complete creative freedom, he started to explore depths of his own creativity that just weren’t possible at Number (N)ine and with every new collection of The Soloist, Takahiro Miyashita invents himself anew.
The Soloist as the creative maximum
At The Soloist, Miyashita takes menswear as far as it can go. He has freedom to do whatever he wants, unbound from the shackles such cost constraints, and it shows in the most positive way imaginable. The Soloist pieces are never straightforward, but always the result of a long creative process that starts with Takahiro Miyashita, goes through Takahiro Miyashita and ends with Takahiro Miyashita. The finished garments are just as brilliant as they are expensive, but cost isn’t a factor that should go into a true creative process and at The Soloist, it doesn’t. Every piece is fascinatingly detailed, made from the best threads and best fabrics you can find on the face of this world and having an adjacent showroom to his old friend Jun Takahashi’s in Paris surely accelerates Takahiro Miyashita’s process even further. The Soloist is one of a kind and will always stay that way.