History of Number76
Number76 was born in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, in year 2001.
Founder Daisuke Hamaguchi started this tiny little hair salon with his only assistant back then, and called it HairStyleShop NALU. He wanted to have a salon with the concept of a style shop, where customers can casually change the hair designs that they fancy just like how one changes his or her fashion items. The name NALU means "waves" in Hawaiian.
"Riding the tide (catching the trends), beckoning the waves (creating the trends), and of course perming you hair wavy (haha) were the most befitting phrases for me, since I also love surfing" said Hama.
In year 2003, NALU was moved to Omotesando, and at the same time 76cCAFE was opened. It was a very interesting concept with the ground floor being a cafe, and the basement a hair salon. It soon became one of he most popular spots in the stylist district of Omotesando.
Then, Hama's wandering journey began.
He was in search for a chance to create new waves overseas, thus travelled to different countries around Asia, America and other cities. He found an ideal place, which is Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, a city of multiculturalism with people of different fashion and culture sense. He was deeply intrigued by how the locals and residents possess the power to create their own distinctive culture in their city. He decided to choose this charming capital as the destination of his journey, with the belief that one day Kuala Lumpur would too be a centre of unique fashion cultures, just like Harajuku in Tokyo.
This new year, Number76 stamps its mark in the cosmopolitan city of Singapore.
Expanding to Singapore was a natural decision to come to for Hama. The dynamic and amazingly stylish country beckoned to him; while Singaporean customers that frequent Malaysia also called for its arrival, cementing his expansion decisions. Wherever Number76 goes, Hama is determined that his customers across the globe will walk out from his salons with a sense of satisfaction and happiness. It is this determination that has carried this brand across oceans.
The name Number76 was originally conceived from NALU.
In Japanese, 7 (seven) is pronounced as "NANA" while 6 (six) as "ROKU". When abbreviated, “NANA” and “ROKU” merged together as NALU, hence Number76. Bearing the concept inherited from NALU, we hope to create new trends together with all of you.