Takahiro Miyashita is an irrefutable talent, a designer who deserves the praise of such wonderful designers as Yohji Yamamato and Rei Kawakubo. For me this much has become true, I have always loved his early work with Number (N)ine and specifically the Autumn/Winter 2006 "Noir" collection which he focused on, quite clearly, the colour black and its adoption and prevalence in certain subcultures. The collection focused heavily on a gothic, sombre aesthetic. This jacket is clearly inspired by military wear, specifically the M65 jacket. It is cold, sharp and somewhat formal featuring beautifully shaped epaulets, incredible perforated leather zipper strips. This is subverted by a felt clover on the left sleeve (this was a detail that was featured extensively throughout the collection).
Takahiro shows his impeccable attention to detail, and his affinity for quality. The quality of the materials and construction on this jacket is no joke; it is comparable to Burberry Prorsum or Tom Ford - this is an echelon of quality even designers like Helmut Lang struggle to maintain. Riri hardware, sublime cotton laces and heavyweight wool make this jacket a truly unbeatable piece of outerwear.