Fabrics produced by Japanese manufacturers gets overseas attention

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-04-03 11:00:00 – Tokyo

Japanese textile manufacturers have taken the initiative to promote their products themselves instead of relying on trading firms to market their fabrics overseas. Hence Japanese fabrics are increasingly appearing in the collections of high-end overseas brands and a new face on the fashion scene.

Japanese manufacturers promoted the quality of their textiles to attendees at the recent Autumn and Winter 2017-2018 New York Fashion Week, a number of brands featured Japanese fabrics.

On 10 February, Japanese fashion brand Theatre Products presented its collection made in cooperation with Nakaden Keori Co, a textile maker based in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture.

The theme of the collection was “overnight trip”, and it featured a range of comfortable clothing items that can easily be packed in a small bag.

The brand used fabric manufactured by Nakaden Keori for its shirts and casual trousers. The soft, wrinkle-resistant fabric was made using the latest manufacturing techniques mixing weaving and knitting.

Another fabric used for sweatshirts and skirts features a ridged surface woven using cotton and synthetic fabric for improved stretch properties.

Ichinomiya and its neighborhood are one of the largest wool textile manufacturing regions in Japan. Nakaden Keori also manufactures synthetic and knit fabrics, as well as woollen ones. The company promoted its products by providing samples and information to the buyers and journalists at New York Fashion Week.

Theatre Products designer Akira Takeuchi said that the company uses great technology and responds to their detailed requests. Kimihiro Nakashima, the vice president of Nakaden Keori, said that they want to make the quality of their fabrics more widely known around the world with the help of fashion designers.

At New York Fashion Week, Calvin Klein and rag & bone also unveiled collections using Japanese denim and other made-in-Japan fabrics. The Los Angeles-based brand James Perse uses material made by the Tokyo-based textile manufacturer A-Girl’s Co for its T-shirts. The cotton fabric is manufactured at a factory in Wakayama Prefecture.

Even though the T-shirt is made of cotton, it’s as soft as satin and doesn’t get sticky when a wearer is perspiring. The company began supplying James Perse with the fabric after a trade show in Paris.

The great texture of the fabric was really appreciated, said A-Girl’s Vice President Tomohiro Yamashita.

Some manufacturers have their own brands, which use the same premium textiles supplied to famous overseas brands.

Sato Seni Co, a textile mill based in Sagae, Yamagata Prefecture, has several brands of its own, such as M.&Kyoko. It operates sales outlets at department stores and other facilities across Japan, and its knitwear and skirts have been well received.

Komatsu Seiren Co in Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, also uses the fabric it supplies to European designers for its own brand, mittente. Its trench coats are popular for the smoothness of the material, as well as their water-repellent and wind-resistant properties.

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