To Daisuke Obana, the Japanese designer of the men’s label N. Hoolywood, America’s failed Prohibition experiment in the 1920s and its swirl of corruption, resourcefulness, and violence proved too rich and heady a theme to pass up. He said as much afterward, through a translator. Beforehand, in the show notes, he referenced bootleggers, speakeasies, moonshine, and the Mafia.

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