The Ivy League style became popular in the Northeastern United States,
having originated on Ivy League college campuses.
Ivy League Style Movement in Japan
Founders Yoshio Sadasue and his wife Tamiko Sadasue worked for VAN Jacket, the company
responsible for introducing American Ivy League style to Japan in the 1960s and 70s.
TAKE IVY (1965), a photo book containing photographs that captured the style worn around Ivy League campuses. (Photographed item belongs to Yoshio Sadasue, originally published by FUJINGAHO). TAKE IVY was reissued in English by POWERHOUSE BOOKS in 2010.
Establishment of Maker’s Shirt Kamakura
Yoshio and Tamiko opened their small shirt store above a convenience store in Kamakura with the hope that one day,
their shirts and brand would be recognized by everyone - including those at the heart of Ivy League fashion in the sacred
grounds of menswear. A place of admiration since the days at VAN Jacket: New York.
“Is there no one
to take over my vision and
make Japanese men fashionable?”
Kensuke Ishizu, founder of VAN Jacket Inc.
Those words began it all.
A letter of commendation by Kensuke Ishizu:
My finest apprentices, Mr. and Mrs. Sadasue, have told me that they are to open a shirt store. Mr. Sadasue intends to shut himself away in a factory to make the shirts and Mrs. Sadasue will sell them to customers directly. This is truly the modern SPA. I would like to applaud them for endeavoring on such a difficult task. This is precisely the confidence and philosophy needed to establish a shop that felt special. I am sure that many people have been waiting for a store like Maker’s Shirt Kamakura - most certainly.
Expansion in Japan
Since the very beginning, everything we do has been for the customers. We have been very fortunate in having attracted loyal customers who have supported our rapid growth and allowed it to open over 25 stores.
Our range includes a wide assortment of high quality clothing and accessories, all designed with the motto “each stitch placed with the greatest care” in mind. The lineup includes high-end fashion like knit shirts, 200 count shirts, 300 CLUB shirts, ties, accessories and more.
We developed our casual wear brand Casual 134 and
suits brand Tex Teq to fulfill our customer’s sartorial needs in Japan. We have collaborated with some of the best brands in menswear to create high quality products together.
We have been committed to ensuring the quality of the materials used as well as high standards of manufacturing by using Japanese sewing factories. Through direct communication and elimination of the middleman, we can cut costs substantially. As well as the aforementioned sewing factories, we deal directly with fabric mills and subsidiary material makers too, all for the goal of producing high quality shirts that can be sold at an affordable price.
First overseas store opened on Madison Avenue, New York
“We have traveled a long way to arrive in New York City, the source of our inspiration.
After many years of dedication and determination, we have fulfilled our dream, opening our first store in New York City, the spiritual home of the 1960s Ivy League style that first inspired us.” - Yoshio Sadasue
Endorsed by the
authors of “THE IVY LOOK”
‘When we wrote “THE IVY LOOK” we knew all about the Japanese love of traditional American Ivy League style. We also knew that there was a remarkable commitment to quality and attention to detail in the Japanese approach to the clothes. So it is no surprise to us that the excellent Japanese company Kamakura Shirts is opening a store in the home of the Ivy Look, New York City.’
“Japanese enthusiasts have elevated
the Ivy League Look to new levels”
Graham Marsh and J P Gaul,
Co-authors of ‘THE IVY LOOK’
IVY STYLE PARTY
In 2015 we held a party in Tokyo to reunite Ivy League style enthusiasts from all over Japan - with an Ivy League dress code.
Guests: Syosuke Ishizu, Toshiyuki Kurosu, Graham Marsh (UK)
Second overseas store opens in Brookfield Place, New York
“Coming to New York three years ago was putting the future of the company at stake. But
the overwhelming support from our customers meant that within two years, we have been
invited to open a store in Brookfield Place. I have clearly come to realize the
open-mindedness and fairness of the people of New York.” - Yoshio Sadasue