44. Hiroki Nakamura
Who And Why: Visvim founder, designer
Years Of Influence: 2002-present
Hiroki Nakamura was able to take a streetwear brand and redefine what it could be, recognizing that well-crafted footwear deserves to be sold at a premium. It’s still a young brand, and he understands that a lot of people aren’t comfortable spending $1,500 on a pair of shoes or jacket, but he’s trying to make that happen. And it’s commendable that he’s doing that.