Cellulosic Yarn/Fabric NAIA

Beyoncé wearing NAIA

Beyoncé wearing NAIA

From Eastman Lab's site: 

Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn, the new name in fashion apparel, offers a differentiated product for brands looking to innovate in their next collection. Create comfortable, easy-to-care-for, and luxurious fabrics—all thanks to inherent qualities found in Naia™ from Eastman.
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LUXURY  Silky hand, beautiful luster, high quality fabrics your customers expect

NAIA website.

Brand Focus: Snow Peak

This Month's Asian Brand Focus:  Snow Peak. 

Its hard to classify Snow Peak. But the words that come up to try to define Snow Peak as a brand are a lot of gear, a lot of fashion, a lot of authenticity, and a lot of heart

Its not Marmot. Its not Montbell. Its not TNF. Its what I wish Aigle would have been. 

AMC ❤️ Snow Peak. 

Here are excerpts from their websites, in Japan and in the USA. We encourage you to visit them to see their latest creations and sustainable projects.   Snow Peak. 

 

  • 1958年 7月
  • 初代社長 山井幸雄が金物問屋として、山井幸雄商店を創業。
  • 1959年
  • 登山を趣味とする山井は当時の登山用品に不満を持ち、オリジナル登山用品を開発。全国に販売を開始。
  • 1963年
  • 「スノーピーク」を商標登録
  • 1964年 1月
  • 有限会社 山井商店を設立。法人組織化。釣具ブランド「カープ」を商標登録し、フィッシング業界に参入。本格的アウトドアレジャーのメーカーとして事業領域を拡大。
  • 1971年
  • 株式会社ヤマコウへ組織変更。
  • 1986年
  • 現社長である山井太が入社。アウトドアをライフスタイルととらえ、スノーピークをオートキャンピングブランドとしてリニューアル開始。
  • 1987年
  • スノーピークの代表的な商品であるマルチスタンドをリリース。同時にシステムデザインをコンセプトとしたオートキャンプ用品の開発を本格化。
  • 1988年
  • オートキャンプ用品の本格的リリース。オートキャンピングのパイオニアメーカーとして日本のアウトドアシーンを革新。
  • 1992年
  • 創業者 山井幸雄逝去。山井トキが社長に就任。
  • 1995年 5月
  • 西日本の営業拠点として大阪営業所を設立。
  • 1996年 12月
  • 山井太が代表取締役社長に就任。同時に株式会社スノーピークに社名変更。新規事業としてフライフィッシング事業に参入。 アメリカの拠点である子会社Snow Peak U.S.A.,Inc.をオレゴン州に設立。
  • 1998年
  • キャンプイベント「Snow Peak Way」の開始。
  • 2001年 1月
  • ヨーロッパへ輸出開始し、韓国をはじめアジア市場へ本格参入。
  • 2001年 4月
  • 東北営業所開設。
  • 2001年 10月
  • オセアニア地区へ輸出開始。
  • 2003年 5月
  • 福岡・太宰府と東京・晴海にスノーピーク初の直営店『Snow Peak Store』を出店。
  • 2004年
  • 秀岳荘白石店、L-Breath御茶ノ水店、WilD-1多摩ニュータウン店内に『Snow Peak Store』を出店。梅田、神戸に直営店『Snow Peak Store』を出店。
  • 2005年
  • L-Breath新宿店内に『Snow Peak Store』を出店。Snow Peak Club 開設。
  • 2006年
  • パワーズ広島店、ポイント&ペグ熊本流通団地店内に『Snow Peak Store』を出店。
  • 2007年
  • Wild-1仙台泉店、楽天市場、Wild-1印西ビッグホップ店内に『Snow Peak Store』を出店。ヨーロッパでの拠点、Snow Peak Germany をドイツに設立。

HISTORY OF SNOW PEAK

Snow Peak's journey began in 1958, when our founder Yukio Yamai, an accomplished mountaineer, created his own line of superior climbing gear out of the discontent for the current gear on the market. It is our birthplace and our founder's heritage that we look to whenever we sit down at the drawing board and create our next piece of outdoor gear.

Snow Peak's home in Sanjo City, is in the Chūetsu region of Niigata Prefecture, which is also known locally as the hardware town for its history of fine crafted metal work. A range of mountains that rise up to an altitude of 8,051 ft. between Niigata and Fukushima prefectures with rivers and streams cutting into the valleys, flow out to the East Japan Sea. This rich environment naturally evokes a strong connection to the outdoors. For the people born and raised here, nature is a part of life. It is this place that inspired Yukio Yamai, and to this day continues to inspire all of the products that come from Snow Peak, as is still home to our International Headquarters.

From 1980 to the present, Snow Peak has been run by Yamai's son, Toru, Yamai who brought the company to national recognition as a brand who inspires people around the world to enjoy the outdoors and find harmony with nature. Yamai believes that it is Snow Peak's mission to bring people closer to nature; that by spending time out of doors we find our humanity.

Presently, the next generation of the Yamai legacy is being brought forward by Yukio's granddaughter, Lisa Yamai, who in 2014 launched Snow Peak Apparel. With great acclaim from the fashion and outdoor industries, Snow Peak Apparel has inspired a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

MISSION STATEMENT 

VISION

We place our trust in the personal vision of each employee and come together as a team unified by a common goal: to be the world’s leading brand of exceptional outdoor lifestyle products.

INNOVATION

We embrace our consumer’s vision and point of view as our own and deliver products and services that inspire us both. Constantly innovating and building new trends, our ideas are always progressing.

RESPONSIBILITY

We strive to create a positive impact through everything we do. We create lifelong products, that stand behind every design.

私達スノーピークの原点は、創業以来一貫して 「自分達もユーザーである」
という原点から革新的な新製品の開発を行い、 私達が世に送り出す製品がユーザーの皆様に愛着を持って使っていただけるよう 独自の保証制度によって品質の保証を行って来ました。 ユーザーの笑顔を増やしたい。 ナチュラルライフスタイルの楽しさを一人でも多くの方に知っていただきたい。 そしてスノーピークは、皆さんが参画できる開かれたインダストリーであることを目指しています。 私達のスタッフの熱意、そして開発力や生産設備も全てがユーザーの皆様のために存在しているからです。
貴方にとってスノーピークが特別な貴方のためのブランドでありますように。
株式会社スノーピーク 
代表取締役社長 山井 太
Snow Peak (Japan)        Snow Peak (USA) 

Japan Grants First Color Palette Trademark to a Convenience Store and an Eraser

On March 1, 2017, Japan’ Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that it had granted the first trademark approval for a color palette. The approval was for the blue, white and black-striped branding of the MONO Eraser, one of Japan’s most iconic stationery items originally released in 1969 by Tombow. The other approval went to convenience store 7-Eleven Japan and its white, orange, green and red color palette.
Japan began accepting applications for color palette trademarks in April of 2015 and has received close to 500 applications to date so expect many more to come.

Brands and Myanmar's Child Workers

Image Courtesy: wp.com via Apparel Resources

Image Courtesy: wp.com via Apparel Resources

In a startling piece entitled "Huge numbers of Myanmar’s children forced to work", Daniel Breasant writes in the Southeast Asia Globe

"Newly released census data shows that more than 20% of the country’s 10 to 17 year olds are in work
"More than 1.5 million school-age children between 10 and 17 years of age in Myanmar are forced to work, according to data released on Tuesday from a 2014 census, the country’s first in three decades.
“After the census, we found that over 1.5 million children aged between 10 and 17 have to work, though they should go to school,” said Khaing Khaing Soe of the Ministry of Immigration and Population. The figure represents 21% of children in that age group."

So where are these child workers? Where are they working?

They are working in factories that are suppliers to the world's biggest and profitable brands. 

The ILO has issued a Rapid Assessment on the issue. In the Report, the ILO identifies the Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone within Yangon as having a very high prevalence of child workers.

This Rapid Assessment (is) intended to capture data on the living, working and education status conditions of child labourers in the Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone to inform the design of child labour prevention and elimination interventions for industrial zones. It also aimed to gather the perceptions of different groups about child labour, the effect of prior programmes for the elimination of child labour, and the attitudes of employers and local authorities to possible programme interventions.

Brands and apparel companies need to be cautious. There is much wrong and misleading information. For example, in this May 2016 Report from BSR, an organization that touts itself as a champion for worker's rights, there is the simply wrong and dangerous statement 

 Young workers are participating in the garment sector but usually make up a small percentage of a factory’s workforce, and underage workers are rare. 

The above statement is by BSR in their own recent publication. Its wrong. 

President Obama has lifted the restrictions there were on the Military backers. And brands are flocking to Myanmar. 

Children should be in school. Not working. They should be learning skills in school that give them opportunities for choice throughout their later life. Working in a garment factory at age 13, 14, 15 effectively enslaves an economic class to poverty and low wages their entire life. 

ILO Rapid Assessment concerning Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone

Daniel Breasant's article  in the Southeast Asia Globe