Workpants made of canvas with copper rivet-reinforced
pockets became popular in the mining industry.
Levi Strauss & Co. patented their rivet-reinforced pockets
and began selling products that are considered the precursor to jeans.
Synthetic indigo was announced.
Founded as a spinning company in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan.
(The company’s name is a portmanteau of “Kura”
from Kurashiki and “bo,” which means
“spinning” in Japanese.)
Began exporting cotton yarn
under the “Mitsuuma” brand.
Built the Okayama Kitakata Plant that would later
produce the cotton yarn used to make denim.
(It was renamed the Okayama Plant in 1930.)
Sanforization was developed.
Opened the Ohara Museum of Art as the first
privately operated museum in Japan that focused on western art.
(Spearheaded by 2nd generation president Magosaburo Ohara.)
Manufacturers adopted the term “jeans” for the first time.
Prewashed jeans were announced.
New York Representative Office in order to
carry out the marketing of the United States
Opened the first production plant outside Japan, in Brazil.
Opened a production plant in Thailand.
Got into the denim business.
Introduced spinning equipment at
the Okayama Plant to make raw yarn for denim.
Began selling “KD-8” as the first-ever denim made in Japan.
Opened a production plant in Indonesia.
Closed the original headquarters plant in Kurashiki
and converted the building into the Kurashiki Ivy Square hotel.
Worn jeans were announced.
Developed and launched the world’s first “uneven yarn.”
Chemical-washed jeans were announced in Japan.
Opened an office in Hong Kong to oversee international sales.
Announced “KD855” as a worn-looking
denim made with hand-spun uneven yarn.
Bio-washed jeans were announced in Japan.
Vintage jeans became the craze.
Established a subsidiary in Thailand to make raw yarn for denim.
Established technology for controlling
the “unevenness” of yarn with a computer,
and developed and launched Vintage denim.
Opened the Tokushima Plant as a state-of-the-art
dyeing plant in Tokushima, Japan.
Worn jeans were announced in Japan.
Skinny jeans became a hit.
Established a subsidiary in China
to make and sell denim.
Announced “Kurabo Denim Prime Blue”
as a new brand of Kurabo Denim.