The latest presentation of Mistergentleman was a somber affair, after Takeshi Osumi, one half of the design duo behind the popular men’s brand, passed away suddenly in January at the age of 47. Guests were asked to wear black, and a single white rose was awaiting each on their seat.
When breaking the news of his death, the brand said Osumi had been working on the collection even from his hospital room. He combined an earthy palette and outdoorsy influences with unexpected textures including slick vinyl and an allover jacquard with the phrase “free your mind.” Rustic shearling shorts and quilted barn jackets came together with bandana print leggings, corduroy double-breasted suits and detached shirt sleeves held on with straps, for a country-meets-city vibe. Some of the outerwear had interior backpack straps that allowed the coats to be shrugged off the shoulders.
When he emerged to take his bow, Osumi’s design partner, Yuichi Yoshii, was visibly emotional, gesturing to the space next to him where the late designer would have stood. When the lights went down, staff set up pedestals with more than 20 vases of flowers surrounding a giant photograph of Osumi. A handful at a time, audience members were invited to pay their respects and lay their roses on one of the platforms on either side of the image.