|1969||Sawada Co., Ltd. established with 5,000,000 yen in capital.|
|1972||Development and commercialization of “sunel” yarns.
(Becomes a hit product, selling 2,000 tons in four years)
|1973||Capital increases to 10,000,000 yen.|
|1974||Knitting machine introduced in-house;technician hired
a mechanic to make original swatches
recruited to make knitted fabrics.
Planning capabilities expand.
|1980||New Square Building is completed
|1984||Extension of the annex to the current address.
15th anniversary of founding is celebrated
with a lecture by Sakaiya Taichi
|1986||First original product exhibition and fashion show planned and held.|
|1988||Tokyo sales office is opened in Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.|
|1990||Rectangle Building is completed
(Izumiotsu-shi, Chihara-cho 2-8-7)
Seranta Division is opened
|1997||Tokyo sales office is transferred to Nihonbashi.
Capital increased from 20,000,000 yen to 48,000,000 yen (April).
Shikoku office is established (May).
|1998||Tokyo sales office is moved to Minami Aoyama (April).
30th anniversary of founding (July).
|2002||Osaka sales office is opened in Kawaramachi,
|2003||Sawada Hong Kong Co.,Ltd. is established.|
|2004||Makoto Sawada is appointed Chairman (July).|
|2008||ADAWAS debuts at Dusseldorf CPD Exhibition (July).|
|2009||Chairman of the Board, Takao Sawada,
receives Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (November).
|2011||Sawada Hong Kong Co.,Ltd. is relocated to new office.
ami amie debuts at Playtime Tokyo (August).
|2012||Sawada Shanghai Co.,Ltd. is established (July).|
|2013||Shikoku office is closed (June).|
|2015||marusawa debuts at Tokyo International Gift Show (September).
KNOT YET! debuts at Osaka KNOT YET FLEA (October).
SAWADA New York inc. is established in New York (December).
Izumiotsu, a city known for its textile industry, was a center of blanket production in the Meiji era. By the time I began working as a yarn dealer at the age of 18, the industry was already in an impregnable position, and there was strong demand for blanket yarns. Although a stable career was available in dealing with these products, I chose to follow a different path in working with blanket yarns, a new genre at the time.
I encountered a series of difficulties for building up knowledge and a customer base. In this new and undeveloped segment, however, I felt great joy in developing new things, creating new value and opening up a market. Rather than competing on quantity, we focused on value. Continuing in this spirit, we eventually became a reliable partner for customers seeking new yarns for new sweaters, and began receiving inquiries from across the nation.
Since then, under the mindset of “continuously take on new challenges”, we have done so, growing into the company we are today. While giving back to the rich area of Izumiotsu which nurtured us, Sawada will likewise contribute to the global knit industry and continue to offer unique value.