Arakawa & Co.,Ltd.
99 million yen
Sales and Manufacturing of Kimono, Kimono accessory, sleepwear, lingerie
Annual sales 6,559 million yen
Main sales outlets
Department stores nationwide and leading specialist outlets
Number of employees
(full-time employees) 71 (50 Male, 21 Female) (As of Jan, 2019)
Kyoto Head Office
504 Hakurakuten-cho, Ayanokōji-sagaru, Muromachi street, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8422, Japan
MAP Tel: +81 (0)75 341 2110 / Fax: +81 (0)75 341 2124
6-2 Hisamatucho, Nihonbashi, ,Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0005 Japan
MAP Tel: +81 (0)3 3663 01111 / Fax: +81 (0)3 3663 0123
Fukuoka-Fashion bldg #514, 2-10-19 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0011 Japan
MAP Tel: +81 (0)92 411 0511 / Fax: +81 (0)92 441 1306
Hyūrikku-Sapporo-NORTH33 bldg 11F,
3-1-47 Kita 3 Jōnishi, Chūo-ku, Sapporo
MAP Tel: +81 (0)11 231 5525 / Fax: +81 (0)11 231 5548
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT
We are committed to ongoing innovation and improvement and have to keep up with the change of times.
Our company was established in 1886 with our 'Sanbi' brand as our main Japanese accessory business. We have achieved a market leading position since our Amour brand became a prominent licensed brand in the homewear and underwear business. We continue to give our heartfelt thanks to each and every customer and client.
It has been over 130 years since our company was established. It could be said that we are an old shop, but as the image of old shops don't change, we don't like to think of ourselves as old. We are a brand of old standing that continues to innovate whilst flexibly responding to the changing times.
Arakawa is continuing to innnovate with appealing products.
We value your loyalty as established customers and would be honored to continue to serve you into the future.
Arakawa & Co.,Ltd.
HISTORY OF ARAKAWA
We continue the tradition is excellents spirit and technology from our ancertor.
― INITIATION ―
The Arakawa family is said to have originated in Osaka.An old family that has prospered since the early 18th century.
The tenth generation Masujiro Arakawa (shop founder) had an apprentice at a cotton wholesaler, Kinchu-shoten (at the time, the master of the shop was Fujii Jirobei), in Kyoto Higashi-no-Toin Rokkaku-sagaru. In 1886 he was granted permission to open his own shop.
The next year, he se up independently in Sapporo, Hokkaido in February 1887. After discussing being in direct competition with the master of his apprenticeship in the wholesale cotton trade, Imai Tohichi (founder of the Imai Gofuku store) suggested specializing in kimono neckpiece accessories.
It’s using “KANEMASU”
as corporate logo now.
the Kanemasu trademark is a combination of the Chinese characters of 'kane' for his employer's house's name,'Kaneichi', and the 'masu' of his own name, Masujiro. Thereafter he was known as Kanemasu.
― HISTORY ―
And so on February 8, 1887 the current company president's great great grandfather Arakawa Masujiro established himself as a kimono neckpiece accessory and dyed goods maker and retailer. In those days it was a modest shop in the Nishki-koji-Higashi-no-Toin street district, and it was some years before shop staff were hired. Continued and devoted hard work since founding the business made the company the market leader and largest manufacturer by the Taisho Period. The name Arakawa has become synonymous with quality. The success of Arakawa became a model in the industry for all aspiring businesses to emulate.
|1890||Relocated to Takoyakushi-dori Higashi-no-Toin Nishi-iri|
|1891||First shop staff recruited|
|1899||Osaka Branch office opened|
|1900||Tokyo Branch shop opened|
Furthermore, expansion into Muromachi Ayanokoji was heralded as a success by all Kyoto wholesalers.In October 1922, the tenth generation Arakawa Masujiro changed his name to Kazumoto. The 11th generation succeeded to his professional name Masujiro, and the his acheivements grew. Continuing through the upheavals of war and the Great Kanto Earthquake, the company grew, winning customers and acclaim in Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria and the Chinese continent.
|1927||Completion of Tokyo, Nihonbashi Branch|
On December 27, 1931 the company became a limited stock company, and the foundations for a modern business were established. In 1942, under national regulations the company registered as a Japanese garment, silk and rayon textiles manufacturer and wholesaler, and changed its name to Arakawa & Co.,Ltd. After the end of the war in 1947, the company was registered as a manufacturer and wholesaler of Japanese garments, silk and rayon textiles. In 1949, as the regulation on silks and rayon was lifted, there was a renaissance in the Japanese clothing manufacturing and wholesale industries. The difficult post-war era of regulation was overcome through the efforts of the entire company, ensuring the name and traditions of the brand were preserved.
|1931||Arakawa Masujiro Shoten shop became a public corporation Became a public company (joint stock)|
|1932||Arakawa & Co.,Ltd founded as Arakawa Masajiro Shoten|
|1944||Trading name changed to Arakawa & Co.,Ltd Company|
|1946||Sapporo Branch store opened|
|1949||Tokyo and Fukuoka branch stores opened|
In 1954, in conjunction with Toray Co. Ltd, the company mutually developed Japanese clothing, and began manufacture and sales.
In 1957, a Western clothing section was established, and under the 'Amour' trademark began nationwide manufacturing and wholesaling of negligees, pajamas, and robes, and other nightclothes.
Furthermore, in the post war years capital stock increased every year, and now stands at JPY 99,000,000. Branches increased too, with new branches in Sapporo (1946), Tokyo (1949), Nagoya (1955), and Osaka (1957). A sales outlet network from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu and Okinawa in the south is going strong. Working closely with our customers - from famous department stores to small specialist outlets -- we continue to develop our products and improve our service.
|1955||Nagoya Branch store opened|
|1957||Osaka store opened|
|1958||Show held to present our products as a company primarily focused on nightwear Asked staff to suggest a brand name - 'Amour' chosen|
|1971||Licensing contract with pierre cardin|
|1973||Licensing contract with Yves Saint Laurent|
|1979||Licensing contract with renoma|
|1982||Licensing contract with HL|
|1983||Licensing contract with Yoshida Hiromi|
|1984||Licensing contract with courreges & mila schon|
|1985||Licensing contract with French ELLE|
|1986||Excellent Shop Award from the Governor of Kyoto Prefecture on our 100th Anniversary. Licensing contract with LANVIN|
|1991||Contract with LIBERTY of the United Kingdom|
|1999||Contract with Alexander McQueen|
|2000||Contract with MK MICHEL KLIEN|
|2001||Contract with MICHEL KLIEN|
|2002||Contract with DAKS|
|2003||Contract with Paul Stuart|
|2004||Contract with Victoria & Albert Museum|
|2005||Arakawa Keiichi takes up office as Company Executive Vice President Contract with Derek Rose|
|2010||Contract with SOUSOU to produce and sell Kimono accessories shop opened|
|2015||Licensing contract with Ten To Sen Moyou Seisaku jyo|
|2017||Licensing contract with kata kata|
|2018||Licensing contract with KathyMom|
|2019||Licensing contract with MOOMIN|
|2019||Licensing contract with PAUL & JOE|
― KIMONO ACCESSORY ―
Our Sanbi kimono Japanese clothing line incorporates traditions and skills held since 1886, and boasts the top share in the field. Furthermore, designer pieces and sillookk kimonos are as stylish as ever with classical tradition and modern values. "Well stocked since our founding" Japanese clothing accessories such as short neckbands, obi ties, and obi sashes are made with the highest skill and quality materials, and have received the highest praise. Our furoshiki cloths and Japanese sundries are amongst the works of living national treasures such as Serizawa Keisuke and Hata Tokio. Furthermore, we have Japanese-style painting works by Ogura Yuki, Oyama Chusaku, and Uemura Atsushi or works by brands such as Gen-emon and Miyawaki Ayako form our rich and interesting collection. "
Furthermore, we are pursuing style with our 'kokin' brands of silk kimonos and obi sashes. Popularity is growing for our summer fashion yukata, which even outclass such brands as 'Anna Sui' and 'Hanakokin'.
And, in recent years, we opened for Kimono accessories shop Masujiro in Kyoto and are getting the attention of many Kimono fan.
― SLEEPWEAR & LINGERIE ―
The Amour lingerie collection of stylish nightwear for enjoying intimate moments has been created in conjunction with famous designers from prestigious French, Italian and British fashion houses, raising the profile and desirability of our brand. Our brands have a reputation in the collections of Paris and Milan, appearing in the shows of 'Mila Schoen' and the shows and collections of popular brands such as 'Liberty', 'DAKS', 'Renoma', and 'Paul Stewart'. Always the industry leader, we concentrate on abundant exhibitions.