In March 1949, Mitsugu Tanabe founded Tanabe Meryasu in Fukui, Japan with 3 knitting machines in a tiny room. The same year the San Francisco Seals baseball team flew in for a series of national friendlies with Japan. Watching the game, Mitsugu was fascinated by the socks the players were wearing. The following year he began producing new baseball socks for the first time in Japanese history. He developed sewing technologies and machines to accomplish his new designs. In 1955 he was honoured by the Japanese Institute of Invention and Innovation for his contribution to industrial development. 1962 he received an Innovation Award from Prince Takamatsu. The company has continued to expand to all kinds of sporting apparels, and became one of the suppliers of the official sportswear for the Japan National team at theTokyo Olympic Games in 1964.
We're not sure we can quite keep up with all this innovation and athletic prowess so we're kicking back with the classic Jackman sweatshirts and super chunky tees.
SS18 collection now availble in store and online.