Fujimaki Japan Inc.

President Yukio Fujimaki

1960
Birthplace
Tokyo/Japan
Message to young people
Read books. See films. Travel. Gain various experiences. If you keep practicing these four activities, then you will live an exciting life, I assure you. It is important to be interested in and have fun with what you do. You can only do well what you like.

As a schoolchild often changing schools and being in delicate health, I was a quiet boy. I always needed company. My college life was quite nice, playing tennis, running along the river, getting influenced by traditional fashion and meeting various students at an international university.

I got my first job at Isetan department store. When I started, I knew nothing about the fashion industry. I had on-the-job sales training for three months without any knowledge of brand names or even any idea about skirts and stockings.

One day, I was transferred to the bargain sale floor, where I played the role of barker for three years. With my loud voice, I became such a master at it that I was called the “Tora-san of Isetan,” and I learned why and how things sell well or not.

Through hard work, without thinking about anything other than my job, I had an opportunity to join a company project that involved introducing Barneys New York to Japan, which led me encounter designers and buyers around the world. Meanwhile, I made a big mistake and was deported back to Japan. I was greatly discouraged but this experience really awakened me to fashion. Later, I was involved in the planned Kaiho-ku (Liberated Zone), one of the most groundbreaking shops in Isetan's history.

At the age of 39, I retired from Isetan as I wanted to test my abilities. Every time I met designers and apparel businesspeople, I was overcome with my desire to work on the apparel making side of things. I become in involved in apparel making with Yokohama-based Kitamura Co. and Fukusuke Co. In 2008, I joined my brother’s company Fujimaki Japan as vice president.

I think fashion is not only about clothing but also includes food and housing, as well as entertainment, intelligence, health and a sense of beauty. When you connect these elements, fashion makes everyday life rich and enjoyable. It's not about making something expensive. It is possible to make good things at a low price. That’s why I think design is important.

My current dream is to make a department store that handles products made in Japan only.

Company Profile

Name
Fujimaki Japan Inc.
Headquarters
Tokyo/Japan
2000
employees
6
business
Investment advisory company for apparel industry
url
http://www.fujimaki-japan.com/