Hint Mag reports that Takahiro Miyashita’s Japanese label Number (N)ine is the latest casualty of the financial crisis:
Today we received a letter (an actual letter, so you know it’s serious) from Number (N)ine. It started with this quote: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” You guessed it: the Tokyo-based, Paris-showing men’s label launched 12 years ago by Takahiro Miyashita is closing. The fall ’09 collectionâ€”portentously called A Closed Feelingâ€”was the last. Miyashita will exit the group, which has already begun disbanding, and “the brand as we know it will come to an end.” The letter goes on to say “Over the last decade, Number (N)ine evolved, always forging ahead with a unique and potent vision, to emerge as one of the leading brands of Japan.” We agree with the sentiment. Number (N)ine will be missed.