“L.A. is about the intersection of elegance and comfort,” says Takashi Yanai, partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects. Yanai, who lives primarily on the West Side and has an apartment in Tokyo, gravitates toward timeless, well-constructed pieces in shades of black. “I respect a commitment to craft and making, and admire designers who are really thinking about the construction of a garment,” he explains, naming Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, James Perse and Common Projects as some of his go-to labels. “There’s a Japanese word, hakiyasui, which means easy to wear. Of course, this is easy to see in a great T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, but I apply this to great formal and eveningwear as well,” he adds. “Nothing should feel contrived or uncomfortable.”
Jacket, Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garçons; shirt, James Perse; pants, Yohji Yamamoto; scarf, Issey Miyake.
In a few words, I’d describe my style as black and basic with a twist.
If I could turn back time, I would tell myself to not be in such a hurry.
My favorite part of my job is working with people who understand that details and design matter.
My favorite place to shop for clothes in the city is Dover Street Market for window-shopping.
For kicks, I always wear Common Projects or Adidas.
If I wasn’t in my current career, I would open a cafe and hang out with people I love and admire.
I get my hair cut by Maki at Taka Hair Salon, who has great restaurant tips!