- Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion Writer, MR PORTER
In our Style Notes feature, we catch up with the designers whose collections we stock on MR PORTER and ask them to share some of the things that inspire them. This week Mr Shinsuke Takizawa of the renowned Japanese brand Neighborhood talks photography, motorbikes and Tokyo.
When a young Mr Shinsuke Takizawa began frequenting Tokyo's Harajuku district in the 1980s, it was a Mecca for punk and alternative style. These days the area is also populated by the glossy flagship stores of global brands, but its original character was enough to inspire Mr Takizawa to found his rebellious streetwear label, Neighborhood, in 1994. Its philosophy is simple: well-made, unfussy clothes that are informed by counterculture - particularly the biker scene - and incorporate military and outdoor-inspired elements. Although the collections are distinctly Japanese (precise fits and careful details abound), there is a strong Americana theme running throughout, something that is reflected in Mr Takizawa's cultural interests. Click through the gallery, above, to see what is currently inspiring him.