Mastermind Japan was established in 1997 and has been able to keep an impressively low profile since its inception. Designer Masaaki Homma has built an entire high-end brand around the skull and bones motif, and the only thing harder than information on the brand to get ahold of is the actual clothing. Nevertheless, Homma spent eight years working for the master Yohji Yamamoto, and his skills come through in the unbelievably high quality of the clothing, which has drawn comparisons to Hermes. If you can count Karl Lagerfeld among your fans, then you're doing something right.