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Where you from? N. Hoolywood

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So I’ve been wanting to write about this for a long while now. There’s a clothing brand out there in Japan called N. Hoolywood. Their latest release includes ridiculously priced undergarments (i.e. $155 undershirts). I’ve been completely perplexed as to why someone would name their brand N. Hoolywood. You see, I’m from a little ol’ town in the San Fernando Valley called North Hollywood and typically we would sign on the return address, “N. Hollywood.” N. Hollywood has had its fair share of representation in the media and the press. It is not a New York City or a San Francisco, but I think it’s leagues ahead of an Albuquerque as far as name recognition goes. When I checked their website, you are forced to press a button to enter the site that has the numbers 91606, no doubt a North Hollywood zip code. This led me to believe that the designer, Daisuke Obana a.k.a. Mister Hollywood, is either from N. Hollywood, had an interesting experience in N. Hollywood, or heard of the city and found the name pleasing enough to the ear that he would stake the name of his brand behind it. It turns out that the answer is all three as I discovered in this interview he had with Tim Blanks. The inspiration behind every collection that he does starts with a trip to North Hollywood. More points for the hometown.

Truth be told, he’s only getting shine on this blog because the name is N. Hoolywood and the designer saw fit to draw inspiration from this city the same way I draw most of my life’s experiences from it. In that regard, we are one in the same, except he’s a long-haired Japanese designer dude.

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[Pictures from Selectism]

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