Jackman

a factory brand
established in Fukui, Japan

Jackman is a factory brand established in Fukui, Japan, with the soul of Mitsugu Tanabe-Founder of TANABE MERIYASU.

Right after the WWⅡ, his ambition for American baseball drove him to quit his job and build a sewing plant for baseball goods.
With his innate creativity, he invented many new technologies.

The more ostentatious you'd be, the more fulfilling you'd get.

Jackman inherits the technology and the spirit of its origin.
With its one-and-only perverse creation, we will continue to provide our customers with full satisfaction.

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HISTORY

In March 1949, Mitsugu Tanabe founded TANABE MERIYASU in Fukui, Japan, starting with 3 knitting machines in a small room. Same year, San Francisco Seals, AAA baseball team from USA, flew in to participate in national friendly matches with Japan. Watching the game, Mitsugu was fascinated by the stockings players were wearing, then began producing new baseball stirrup stockings next year for the first time ever in Japanese history. With his innate creativity, he developed new sewing technologies and machines to accomplish a whole new design of his own and received an award from the Governor of Fukui in 1954 for that effort. Next year he added another award from Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation for his contribution to the industrial development in the local area. Meanwhile, the company donated stockings for every player participating in the national championship of high school baseball for 10 consecutive years, and also built a high reputation for the quality of the products.After receiving an Invention award from Prince Takamatsu in 1962, the company expanded its development to all kinds of sporting apparels, and became one of the suppliers of the official training wears of the Japan National team for Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.



1949年3月、福井県武生市。田辺貢が田辺莫大小製作所を創業。八畳一間に横編み機3台という、ささやかなビジネスのスタートでした。同年、戦後初の日米親善野球試合が開催され、アメリカから3Aのサンフランシスコ・シールズが来日。試合を観戦した貢はシールズ選手の足元に目を奪われ1950年、田辺莫大小製作所は日本初の一体型足掛野球用ストッキングの製造を開始。アイデアマンであった貢は独自のデザインを完成させるため、ミシンのカスタムや新たな縫製技術を次々に開発していき1954年、野球用ストッキングの考案に対して福井県知事賞を、翌年には同ストッキングが産業振興に貢献したことから発明協会近畿地区特賞を受賞しました。また10年間に渡り全国高校野球選手権大会に出場する全選手にストッキングを寄贈し「タナベメリヤスの製品=高品質」というイメージが定着。1962年に高松宮殿下より全国発明賞を受賞してからはスポーツアパレル全般を開発し、1964年の東京オリンピックでは日本選手団のトレーニングウエアを提供するまでに成長しました。

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AMERICAN BASEBALL

Founder Mitsugu Tanabe's yearning for American baseball drove him to produce stockings. Being fanatic about the sport, he expanded the production to uniforms and gloves. His desire and admiration to the game of baseball still remain in our field of manufacturing today.



創業者 田辺貢が憧れたアメリカンベースボール。当初はストッキングだけの製造でしたが野球狂であった貢は、その後ユニフォームやグラブの製造まで手掛けていきます。そして、その憧れは現在のモノ作りにも受け継がれています。

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FACTORY

Jackman's sewing plant now has over 60 years history. It has the modern machineries as well as old, but specialized sewing machines such as “Union Special” and “REECE” with repairs over the time within the site. The beautiful double welt pockets and the neck tape preventing neck stretches have been achieved in its long history.



田辺莫大小製作所の時代から60年以上続くJackmanの縫製工場には、近代的なミシンの他に、専門的縫製に必要なUnionspecialやREECEといった機械も、工場内にある修繕室でリペアを繰り返しながら使用しています。美しいポケット口の両玉縁仕上げや首周りの伸びを防止するアメリカンラッパなど特徴的な仕様は長い歴史の中で完成したものです。

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PERVERSE

Regardless of oppositions around him, he resigned from his position as a government officer to found a company. Although many knitting companies withdrew from the industry then, his perverse character helped him to break through all the negative expectations and established the cornerstones of the company today.



福井県庁の職員であった貢は周囲の反対を押し切り、その職を辞してまで、当時廃業する工場の多かったメリヤス産業に目をつけ創業します。そうした“あまのじゃく”な性格が「メリヤスは儲からない」という周りの常識を打破し今日まで続く自社工場の礎となりました。

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SATISFACTION

Mitsugu established a system enabling customers-teams to order their own designs and colors of their choice. His strong desire to provide full satisfaction to the customers created the idea of “custom-made” and still lives as a legacy. Starting from Fall 2014, we repair all products manufactured by our own factory which have minor sewing failure under normal use condition without any fees. We would like our customers to use their beloved products for a long time by this service, and we hope to provide them with full satisfaction.



田辺貢はチームが求めるデザインやカラーに対応したカスタムオーダー体制を確立しました。着る人に高度な満足感を提供するという理念がカスタムといった発想を生み、今も受け継がれています。2014年秋からは自社工場製品の縫製箇所が通常使用で切れたり、ほつれたりした場合、無償修理致します。Jackmanは気に入ったものを永く愛用できる満足感を提供いたします。

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COLLECTION

2014 FALL & WINTER STYLE

OFFICE

Hit-Union Co., LTD.
東京都渋谷区恵比寿南2-20-7
TEL: 03-5773-5916