A New York Fashion Week Minute: Questions for Daisuke Obana of N. Hoolywood
By Geoffrey Brown
Where does the name N. Hoolywood originate from?
From the area where I'm renting a house. The reason why I doubled the O's in 'Hoolywood'—instead of like in regular Hollywood—is because that my life doesn't belong to Hollywood all the time. I'm not a true Hollywood person. Plus, I thought that "hool" sounds like fool.
If you weren't a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
I think I'd either be a car maintenance technician or a chef who specializes in Japanese cuisine.
What inspired your fall 2012 collection?
The wardrobe of Ernest Hemmingway.
What is your favorite part about being a designer?
My favorite part of being a designer is that my ideas have the chance to influence the mass market.
When you're not designing what are you doing?
Just living an ordinary life—I like going to influential stores around Tokyo.
What is your greatest fear?
To not be impressed or moved by something.
To you, what defines success?
To keep moving forward—which I haven't achieved yet.
Is being a designer what you originally wanted to do?
I'd never thought about it, but when I was a kid, I wanted to be a car designer.
What generally inspires you?
Something I can't figure out how to use inspires me a lot.
What is your own personal style?
Simple and quiet, but I like a glamorous silhouette.
Who is the N. Hoolywood man? What makes him?
I always keep in mind not to design clothes that look good on a man. It has to be the man who stands out in my clothing.
So there is no "N.Hoolywood man." But if I was forced to say someone, maybe it would be me.