Design team of marumasu






Q1. What made you decide to establish your own brand?

Our brand is from the company MARUMASU DYEING CO.,LTD that was established in downtown Tokyo in 1901. The 4th president, Kazuhiro Matsukawa, who studied modern art and design, thought, "it would be great if I combine modern art and the traditional dyeing technique that runs in my family. It would create so many possibilities of dying". Based on this idea, in 2011, marumasu was established.







Q2. Please describe your production process.

We do not want to compete with mass-production or cheap prices. Our wish is to create something that only we, at marumasu, can create, using our traditional dyeing technique and knowledge. The three things we care about the most are softness of the material, the beauty of color, and unique design. As "a factory that designs", craftsmans and designers decide on the material and design, finishing the whole production process.




Q3. What made you interested in NY market?

Costomers from other countries buy our products at our store. Meanwhile, now, we exhibit our collection in Paris for buyers from all over the world. Of all the foreign customers who like our products, it seemed that a lot of them are from the U.S. We are very interested in how New Yorkers will perceive our brand 'marumasu'.






Q4. Which one is your favorite piece? And why?

The tencel W gauze scarf. It's reversible so you can enjoy both pattern and plain surface. On the front surface, colorful pattern is printed with advanced printing technique. On the back surface, it is all plain so you can enjoy various ways to wear. The tencel is made from eucalyptus pulp; it's very safe and eco-friendly. It is crumpled up several times so that it has the soft texture on the skin.



Q5. Lastly, please share some comments to customers at the ARCADE JAPAN.
   最後に、the ARCADE JAPANのお客様に一言お願いします。

The characteristic of scarf of marumasu is the soft texture and the beautiful color that dying creates. We design our scarf in a unique way for it to have various impression, depending on the way to wear it. Please try different ways to wear it. We would be very happy if you wear your favorite scarf and enjoy the cold winter in NY.





interview & text by Yusuke Yamauchi