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Top 10 Japanese Clothing Companies in 2018

| Ranking, Reports | 10/13/2018


Top10 Japan Clothing Companies List

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from clothing industries in 2018

In the global apparel market size, Japan is the fourth biggest market after the EU, the United States and China. The Japanese apparel market in 2017 is 9,220.2 billion yen, the retail market size is 1.9265 trillion yen for department stores, 858.4 billion yen for mass merchandisers, 4 trillion 982.6 billion yen for specialty shops, 4 trillion 982.6 billion yen for other retailers It is 1,452.7 billion yen.

Among Japanese apparel market, online mail-order companies continue to maintain strong sales as in the previous year. The market size of online apparel is 1,645.4 billion yen, which is a rapidly growing industry with a year-on-year growth rate of 7.56%. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (Uniqlo) which enters the world clothing maker TOP 5 operates its own E-commerce site and is the domestic top sales in domestic apparel E-commerce site.

Founding Years

  • 9 years or less: 0
  • 10 to 19 years: 0
  • 20 to 29 years: 1 company
  • 30 to 39 years: 0
  • 40 to 49 years: 1 company
  • 50 to 59 years: 3 companies
  • 60 to 69 years: 3 companies
  • 70 to 79 years: 1 company
  • 80 to 89 years: 0
  • 90 to 99 years: 1 company
  • Over 100 years: 0

As can be seen from the above data, the establishment period of major Japanese clothing enterprises has been concentrated from 50 to 60 years, and among the top ten major clothing companies, the oldest company is the ONWARD was founded in 1926.

There are more than 100,000 companies in Japan that have founded more than 100 years. That’s why the world’s top technology and fabulous craftsman exist. If you are interested in the old company list please also visit here.

This list is the sales ranking for 2017 in the clothing industry.

No.1 – Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. : 1.8T Yen

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., . is the largest clothing company in Japan established by Tadashi Yanai, founded in 1963 as Ogori Shoji Co., Ltd., and is among the top five in the world. The company owns several other brands such as Uniqlo, J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers, G.U., Princesse Tam-Tam, Theory, HELMUT LANG and PLST. The company operates stores under those brands, and planning, manufactures, and retails clothing for men, women, children, babies.

Business Lines: Clothing and Fashion Accessories
Founded: 1963

No.2 – Shimamura Co., Ltd. : 565.1B Yen

Shimamura Co., Ltd. founded in 1953, is 2nd largest clothing company in Japan and it is ranked 10th in the world in 2017. Shimamura operates nationwide chain stores in Japan, Taiwan and China, and its owns seven brands of stores such as Fashion Center Shimamura, Avail, Birthday, Chambre, Divalo, SIMENGLE, 思夢樂(in Taiwan) and 飾夢楽(in Shanghai). The total number of stores exceeds 2,000 stores.

Business Lines: Clothing and Fashion Accessories
Founded: 1953

No.3 – Aoyama Trading Co., Ltd. : 254.8B Yen

Aoyama Trading Co., Ltd. founded by Goro Aoyama in 1964 and is headquartered in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima Prefecture, engages in the sale business of clothing especially suits, shoes, casual clothing and other men’s items, but also ladies’ suits for job hunting, formal wear, and more.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Credit Card Business, and Printing and Media Business
Founded: 1964

No.4 – World Co., Ltd. : 245.8B Yen

World Co., Ltd. The company operates over 2,000 stores in department stores, shopping centers, and also station buildings, etc. and as well as retail businesses as well as wholesale businesses. The company takes multi brand strategy, and provides nearly 100 clothing brands for various layers.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Cosmetics, Jewelry, Restaurants & Cafes Busines
Founded: 1959

No.5 – Onward Holdings Co., Ltd. : 243.0B Yen

Onward Holdings Co., Ltd. (formerly as Onward Kashiyama Co., Ltd.) founded in 1927, engages in the management of its group companies which are involved in apparel, resort, and service-related businesses. The company’s main segment is apparel business and it plans, manufactures, and sells men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing products, accessories.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Resort Business
Founded: 1927

No.6 – Adastria Co., Ltd. : 222.7B Yen

Adastria Co., Ltd. operates retail stores under the 26 brands such as Andemiu, apart by lowrys, BABYLONE, BARNYARDSTORM, BAYFLOW, bijorie, CALEIDO ET BICE, Chaos, Curensology, GLOBAL WORK, HARE, Heather, JEANASIS, laboratory work, LAKOLE, LOWRYS FARM, Me%, mysty woman, niko and …, PAGEBOY, PAS TIERRA, RAGEBLUE, repipi armario, studio CLIP and Velvet BY GRAHAM & SPENCER in Japan.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories
Founded: 1953

No.7 – AOKI Holdings Inc. : 198.4B Yen

AOKI Holdings Inc. operates in three business segments. The Fashion segment is engaged in the operation of chain stores for men’s apparel, women’s apparel and accessories under the names of AOKI and ORIHICA. The Anniversaire Bridal segment is engaged in the operation of a wedding hall under the name ANNIVERSAIRE OMOTESANDO.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Bridal, Entertainment Business
Founded: 1976

No.8 – Wacoal Holdings Corp. : 195.7B Yen

Wacoal Holdings Corp. founded in Kyoto in 1946, is an underwear maker that mainly manufactures underwear for women. Wacoal is Japan’s largest women’s lingerie company and ranked among the top 10 Japanese clothing companies. The company has 57 subsidiaries and 8 affiliated companies both in Japan and overseas, and is expanding business in Japan and abroad.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Food Services and Interior Furnishing
Founded: 1946

No.9 – TSI Holdings Co., Ltd. : 155.4B Yen

TSI Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese clothing company established by the two companies, Tokyo Style Co., Ltd. (established in 1949) and Sanei-International Co., Ltd. (established in 1949) as a joint holding company in 2011. The company is a major clothing company ranked among the top 10 Japanese apparel companies, with 19 apparel related group companies in Japan and 6 foreign apparel related subsidiaries abroad.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Resuturant, Beauty Business, Construction and Temporary Staffing Business.
Founded: 1949

No.10 – United Arrows Ltd. : 154.4B Yen

United Arrows Ltd. is a Japanese company engaged in the planning, purchasing and selling of men’s clothing, women’s clothing and miscellaneous goods. The company was founded by Osamu Shigematsu on October 2, 1989 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has approximately 230 shops in Japan.

Business Lines: Clothing, Fashion Accessories
Founded: 1989


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