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History

CHRONOLOGY

  • 1917 Established partnership corporation AJIOKA JUNTARO in Kakigara-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Began the manufacturing and wholesaling of leather goods. Opened stores in famous department stores in Tokyo, including the flagship Mitsukoshi Department Store.
  • 1951 Changed the company name to AJIOKA Shoten K.K.Expanded business to department stores nationwide as the only leather bag manufacturer and wholesaler in Tokyo.
  • 1967 Opened Osaka office.
  • 1968 Moved the headquarters building to the current location and changed the company name to AJIOKA Co.,Ltd.
  • 1973 Registered trademark D'ARGENT and designated it as an original brand.
  • 1977 Established own manufacturing factory and began sales in Kakigara-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
  • 1978 Opened Sapporo office.
  • 1984 Spun off the manufacturing division as Manufactory Ajioka Co.,Ltd.
  • 1999 Launched GANZO brand
  • 2001 Opened A-GI direct outlet store in Omotesando, Tokyo.
  • 2008 Opened GANZO headquarters.
  • 2010 Changed to AJIOKA Co., Ltd.
  • 2011 Moved head office to Kakigaracho Bldg.
  • 2013 Opened GANZO location in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.
  • 2016 Opened GANZO location in Roppongi Hills.

INSIDE GANZO

FACTORY
FACTORY
SINCE 1917
SINCE 1917

Since 1917

GANZO, the highest-quality line available anywhere, pursues the concept of “genuine” throughout the entire process, from the selection of materials, to cutting, thinning, sewing and polishing - without compromise. The persistence and energy of takumi (expert workmen) delivers products created by the hands of craftsman who are well-versed in Japanese culture and techniques.

JOURNAL

  • A Journey Tracing the 7QS-H
    A Journey Tracing the 7QS-H

    Hida beef is used for the leather of GANZO's 7QS-H. Originally, cows are raised with an emphasis on meat quality, and raising the quality of the meat naturally leads to a higher quality of leather.

  • BRIDLE LEATHER
    BRIDLE LEATHER

    GANZO's products are made from bridle leather produced by J & E Sedgwick & Co. in the UK, who rely on traditional techniques and manufacturing methods handed down through generations.

  • SHELL CORDOVAN - Horween Leather
    SHELL CORDOVAN - Horween Leather

    The Horween Leather Company, a long-established tannery in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1905 by Isidore Horween. Isidore, who had worked in tanneries from a young age, came to the U.S. from Ukraine in 1892.