It's often said that the devil is in the details, an idiom that has never been more apt than when discussing the appeal of Takahiro Miyashita's clothing. Miyashita, born in Tokyo in 1973, first came to the United States at 16 and was immediately enamored by the Americana aesthetic. By then he had already been assisting stylists on shoots for Japanese magazines in his home country, impressive for someone his age. However, he also admits he was soon expelled from school which, according to a 2007 interview with T Magazine, may or may not have been around the same time he discovered the benefits of smoking marijuana.

Even at a young age Miyashita spent most of his money on clothes while working in the bustling Harajuku district, which served as the hub for that generation's coolest, best-dressed teenagers and was undergoing it's own retail revolution. He taught himself to design by deconstructing and reinterpreting his own wardrobe, eventually landing a gig at Keizo Shimizu's Nepenthes, the neo-Japanese-Americana parent company of both Needles and Engineered Garments. Working for Nepenthes led to more frequent visits to the United States, where Miyashita fell in love with Portland, Oregon. This was likely due to the city's affinity for Americana staples, heritage of weirdness and, again, weed—the culmination of this love affair eventually taking center stage for Number (N)ine's Autumn/Winter 2008 collection appropriately titled, "My Own Private Portland."