FORMED IN 2014

Kazuna is a tailoring-focused menswear

the brand based in Sydney.

 

Our company name KAZUNA is a combination of two Japanese words:

Kazu typically means ‘Japanese’ or ‘sincerity’, ‘harmony’ and ‘unity’

and

Na (Takumi) means ‘perfection’ and ‘craftsmanship’.

Our label KAZUNA is inspired by the idea of achieving perfection in the creation of high-quality clothing at a reasonable price. We strive to assist our customers with our professional service and expertise, so you can fully appreciate the beauty of Japanese craftsmanship.

 Our mission statement is based on the Japanese word KODAWARI, which translates to: “a sincere and unwavering focus to achieve perfection and precision at a task, whilst knowing that perfection may not be possible.”  This term is often used as a complement to any individual who devotes their lifetime to perfecting their craft, and every member of the Kazuna team is dedicated to pursuing perfection on behalf of our customers.

Kaz’s story

I was born in Yokohama, Japan.  As a kid, I loved playing baseball where I learned the value of being a responsible team player, a skill that I still value in my business dealings today.  As a high school student, I developed an interest in men’s fashion so I attended a Tokyo fashion school for two years, where I learned all the intricacies of tailoring, fabrication, pattern making, and sewing techniques to construct garments.

After graduating from fashion school, I moved to the US, where I lived for 18 years, first in Los Angeles and then in New York. During the 1990s, America was an exciting and fulfilling place to work because American designers were committed to creating high-quality garments. A highlight of my career was working in luxury department store in New York, managing the luxury French brand Charvet and selling other luxury Italian brands such as Kiton and Brioni. Here I had the opportunity to learn about the highest quality garments by touching the material and examining how they were made.

But gradually, US designers placed less value on quality as they tried to cut costs so I moved back to Japan, where I worked for the renowned tailor in Yokohama.

At this tailor shop, my role was to assist the average hard-working man to achieve perfect tailoring for his build and body type, and show him how to wear his suit with style. Japanese fashion houses have a high standard for men’s made-to-measure suits, and in 2010, I was awarded Japan’s official certificate of Fashion Business Capability in recognition of my expertise in men’s fashion.

Since 2013, I have been living in Sydney, Australia.  In 2014, after 20+ years in the fashion trade, I launched my own business, tailoring men’s made-to-measure suits so my customers can benefit from my international experience and expertise as I create the right suit for you. I believe strongly in courtesy and consideration for all my customers, so we achieve the best results in a timely and efficient manner. My job is to tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear, so I can design and create a suit that signifies success and confidence, and makes you look and feel your best.