Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi both graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, in 2000. In 2001, together they established mintdesigns in Tokyo. They have participated in the Tokyo Collection fashion show events ever since the Spring/Summer season of 2003. In 2005 mintdesigns received the 7th Moet & Chandon New Designers Award, and in 2010 it won the 28th Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix. In 2015 the team published “MINTDESIGNS” (Seigensha). In 2016 they opened their own shop, MINTDESIGNS AOYAMA, in a fashionable area of Tokyo.