Kogen 1940

A Tradition of Distinction

...In the "Land of the setting sun" intricate weaving techniques were introduced to the Japanese.

 In the late third century, looms were painstakingly constructed to be durable and long lasting as they began the weaving process using simple twisted cords made from Wisteria and Mulberry fibers. As time passed, fibers such as hemp, ramie, cotton and silk were used, but by the end of the eighth century weaving had refined to favor plain cotton and silk.

  In that period, Kyoto was the home of the weaving industry and was the dye center for the sumptuous silks preferred by the specialist artisan weavers.
The Kimono was uniquely Japanese garment originally created of simple construction. Today, the design remains a simple reference to everyday garments, however they are often seen as objects of art.

The classic Kimono has played many symbolic roles throughout time. It could reveal a person's wealth, asserting the status of one's family. The fabric, its weave, the design and symbols used in the message were all a part of the story told by exquisite workmanship.

  The transformation in Japanese society, the economy, their international status and their politics has been reflected in the iconic robe we know as Kimono.
When we trace this path in history, we are more able to appreciate the continuous use of the ancient looms that are employed today by equally skillful weavers of the...Kogen1940.

Within the iconic city of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, lays a treasure of village named Tango. It was there that the silk "Chirimen" was skillfuly woven to create the traditional and royal Kimonos that are still valued for their unsurpassed art, elegance and craftsmanship.

 The technique of weaving the Kogen1940 fabric originated several decades ago by applying an ancient method to 100% cotton. They named that one-stand cottton fabric "Tango". Today, the seven generations old shuttle looms used for Tango have been resurrected from near extinction and the craft has been further refined. The name applied to the new yarn is Miko-Ito. Now, three strands(each 180 yarn count) are twisted to have superior strength and quality when finely cut; then they are woven to make the triple cotton that is used in our shirts. The result replicates the soft texture of the gentle silk used in traditional Kimonos. The shirts have set-in sleeves for strength and confort.

 The elegant styles are all designed to exhibit good taste and to elicit the power of dignity and respect.
Natural shells from the Sea of Japan are carefully crafted to make every button. The shirt should be laundered and pressed by hand or machine, but not dry-cleaned.
 Our shirts are an exclusive innovation of KOGEN and we proudly present them to the world's most discerning men deserving of the KOGEN1940.