Message from CEO
We do not only sell yarn, products, or “things”. Our products express the true joy involved in making knitwear. Our mission is to continue creating a variety of great knitwear products that represent collaboration between our employees and our customers.
In a rapidly changing market, knitwear buyers and designers tend to chase trends, losing out on the opportunity to acquire deep knowledge of yarns and knitting techniques. What’s worse, some of them have totally forgotten about the fun of knitting.
Maruyasu is committed to sharing our knowledge, based on 55 years of success, with everyone involved in knitwear creation and sales, whether they are designers, factory owners and operators, raw material makers, or store owners and staff.
COMPANY NAME: MARUYASU CORPORATION
PRESIDENT: Hiroyuki OKAZAKI
ESTABLISHMENT: July 1955
CAPITAL: 55,000,000 yen
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 20
ANNUAL SALES: US$ 25,000,000
ACTIVITIES: Planning, production and distribution of knit yarns and knit wears.
HEAD OFFICE: 3-21-5 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku Tokyo 130-0026 JAPAN
TEL: +81(0)3 3633 5561
FAX: +81(0)3 3633 5531
Milestones in Our History:1919to2012
Sanzo Okazaki from Konan City, Aichi Prefecture, came to Tokyo at the age of 15. He began an apprenticeship as a shop boy at a wholesale thread store called Horikoshi Shoten, in Ishiwara, Sumida Ward.1941
World War II began, and regulations were put into effect that prohibited selling thread. Horikoshi Shoten closed its doors after 22 years of business.1948
After the war, Sanzo Okazaki started his own business, making and selling clothes, including traditional Japanese undergarments such as haramaki (belly bands) and miyakokoshimaki, (waistcloths), as well as gloves. He began wholesaling them in Yokoyama-cho.1955
Sanzo’s son, Yasuhiro Okazaki, founded Maruyasu Ltd. with ¥1.5 million of capital.1964
Maruyasu began to develop materials cooperatively with apparel makers and Suzuya, a major retail specialty chain. Its two-piece knitted wool sweater and pleated miniskirt set were big hits and became a sensation across the country. Fancy yarns became Maruyasu’s focus.
Maruyasu created product development teams in collaboration with San-Ai and many other major specialist retail chains.1975
Maruyasu began dealing with major trading firms such as Itochu and Tomen. Through Tomen, Maruyasu became the first Japanese firm to buy thread from Italy, France, and Peru.1976
Maruyasu had business with all best-selling apparel makers, targeting specialty stores. It seems a matter of course today, but, at the time, Maruyasu was the only firm developing new materials and making proposals for knitted textiles.
|1980 to 1990
A boom among Designer and Character (DC) brands was started by “mansion makers (small sized apparel makers that mostly run business in a condominium).” Maruyasu’s two-piece knit outfit, made of Knit de Knit rayon, became a big hit, and we were once again the talk of the industry. As a result of this design’s success, we started to do more business with DC brands.1990
The new headquarters was built in Ryogoku 3-Chome.1991
Yasuhiro’s son, Hiroyuki Okazaki, joined Maruyasu, after 5 years’ service at a major trading firm.1999
Maruyasu began to emphasize showings of knitted textiles to designers, so as to give them a better idea of the look and quality of finished products.2002
Maruyasu exhibited its products at the Japan Creation tradeshow.2003
Hiroyuki Okazaki took over the position of CEO of Maruyasu, on its original founder’s 100th birthday.2005
In the firm’s 50th year, the company’s capital reached ¥55 million.2009
Maruyasu held an exhibition of its products at the 1st Best Knit Collection tradeshow.
KnitLabo was launched, offering a space where Maruyasu employees and customers can create together. This completely novel concept made big waves in the industry, receiving major media attention as a completely new business model.2010
Maruyasu celebrated its 55th anniversary.