Shimoda Meriyasu was established in Hachioji in 1916. A textile creation factory with a history of over 100 years in Hachioji, which has long been known as the "Mulberry City" for its sericulture and textile industry.
During the Meiji period (1868-1912), the company showed the rise of the industry in the city as a whole by establishing the Hachioji Textile Dyeing Training Institute and the Hachioji Textile Trade Association to improve the technology and quality of the textile industry in Hachioji.
As times changed, there was a gradual shift from kimonos to clothes by the end of the Taisho period (1912-1926), and Hachioji became a production center for new fields such as neckties in line with this shift. Among these, Shimoda Meriyasu, which has been in business for over 100 years, has continued to change and grow with the times, providing textiles to people in this town as times change.
Shimoda Meriyasu also mainly produced kimono when it was first established, but as clothing became the mainstream and the number of technicians decreased, the company began to produce more knit products, mainly knit ties and knit accessories. Among knit production, as mentioned above, Hachioji is also a production center of neckties.
Shimoda Meriyasu focuses on ties in particular among its knit production, offering all-occasion ties knitted from natural materials such as silk, cotton, linen, and wool. These items can be worn for both formal and casual use. The company also makes knit hats and scarves that are indispensable during the cold season.
The company's 100 year history of providing high quality items to the Japanese fashion industry in step with the changing times is a testament to the know-how and technical capabilities it has developed. The history and future of Shimoda Meriyasu is shaped by the desire of its skilled craftsmen, including the current third-generation president, Mr. Shimoda, to continue to provide quality products. In the future, Shimoda Meriyasu plans to use the skills and knowledge it has cultivated over many years in the knitwear industry to create prototypes for products in other fields.