Tama Art University, in Tokyo, boasts two notable fashion alumni. One of them, the venerable Issey Miyake, is among the nation’s most celebrated designers, a true genius recognized the world over. The other, a successful footwear designer even while still in school, collaborated with one of the biggest sneaker companies in the world shortly after graduating and he has dazzled critics with profoundly thought-out collections for almost two decades. Unfortunately for Mihara Yasuhiro, though, he will always be the other designer hailing from Tama.

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