The beginning of the brand takes us back to the 1940s, when the founder Kotaro Ozaki, started his sewing business, Maruo Clothing, manufacturing students uniforms, workwear and U.S. military-look pants. It wasn’t until the year 1965 that the first domestic jeans were born in Kojima, under the Canton brandname.
A fortunate contract with the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry gave Maruo Clothing the rights for manufacturing and sales in a small area in the west of Hakone. They received 50 rolls of denim fabric from Canton Textile Mills Inc. from the US, and in October of the same year the first one-wash jeans were sold.
In 1967, while production of the Canton jeans was ongoing, the first Big John M1002 PROTO MODEL was produced using imported Cone Mills denim from the US. One year later, the M1002 FIRST MODEL was released together with the M2002 boot cut model and the M3002 slim model. Thus, the “first collection” was born.
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