In 1960s and 1970s when number of Japanese brands appeared like bamboo shoots and started manufacturing jeans, Big John was born with pride as a manufacturer of domestic jeans among them. Pouring its know-how accumulated in sewing work wear and uniforms originally in Kojima into denims, Big John has become a Japan-made jeans brand representing Kojima.
The first made-in-Japan jeans were made by Big John in 1965. (Big John Corp was called Maruo Clothing Company back then)
It was made for Canton brand (OEM) with imported denim fabric from the US.
Then, in 1967, we created Big John brand and made jeans in Japan with Cone Mills fabric we imported.
In 1973, we release the first all-made-in-Japan jeans using the first-ever Japanese denim fabric that we created in cooperation with Kurabo Mill.
This is quite fascinating – so the Japanese brands started out using denim made in the USA, and now we are all crazy about Japanese Denim made right there!
You can read more about their story here.