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 since the Spring/Summer season of 2003. In 2005 they received the 7th Moet & Chandon New Designers Award (Tokyo), and in 2010 they won the 28th Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix. In 2013 they held the exhibition “happy people” at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and in 2015 they published “MINTDESIGNS” (Seigensha). In 2016 they opened their own shop, MINTDESIGNS AOYAMA, in a fashionable area in Tokyo. Currently, both Katsui and Yagi are visiting professors at Osaka Seikei University.