Kaz's Story - More about Kaz & the story behind KAZUNA





What makes me unique

Hi, my name is Kaz. I was born in Yokohama, Japan. I am 5'4" (163cm) and have 30.5" shirt sleeve length.

Do you think I could find clothes that would fit me well? Not from off-the-rack, unfortunately.I got into the Made-To-Measure option for myself quite early in my life. So, for those of you struggling to find the right fit for your body type, don't worry! You are not alone, I understand exactly how you feel. Especially here in Australia, I have been living in Sydney for 7 years, but these are a few issues you probably encounter.


  • There are no sizes - In suits, Australian retailers don't have the length option. The sizes only come in chest measurements,usually from 36 to 48. Bigger the chest the longer the jacket and sleeve length will be. So for someone like me, first of all I will be around a size 35 in the chest but it will still be too long in the jacket length and sleeve length. Vice versa, for someone who is tall and lean, he could take a size 40 but its not long enough. In shirts, there are only neck size and no sleeve length. For someone who has big neck and short arms, there in no chance to find something that will fit him correctly.


  • There are no educated sales people - This is pretty shocking! I've worked in the states and Japan, the sales staffs are first of all passionate about Men's wear that their reason to become a sales staff is to dress nicely. Also,the customers are educated enough that the sales staffs get so many technical questions, so that the sales staffs need to be educated themselves as well to keep up with these customers.


  • No real customer service - Like the previous issue with no educated sales staffs, if the sales staffs are not educated, how could they offer you a good customer service? They cannot!If the sales staff doesn't know anything about the fabrics, he won't be able to give you a proper instruction how to take care of the garment. If the sales staff doesn't understand how the garment is made, how would he know how to alter the garment?


So, how can I solve these issues?


I went to fashion school to learn the construction, have been on the selling floor for over 30years dealing with customers directly. I don't stay in behind the scene. So, I know about Men's wear a bit more than my competitors, they either know only inside like tailors and never been on the floor dealing with real customers, or stylist wanna be's and know nothing about inside, or went to collage for finance or law but, thought he can start a men's wear brand yet know nothing about men's wear.

I would give you suggestions based on the current trends and timeless classics, so that you will look great in both classic and trendy! 

Also, I might tell you something that you might need to hear, not always something that you want to hear.


My Journey

KODAWARI, a Japanese word, represents the sincere and unwavering focus to achieve perfection and precision at a task, while appreciating that perfection may not be possible.

Beginning at the Tokyo Fashion School, Kaz’s 30 year journey impressed upon him that everything from the fabric, to the cut, and every stitch holding it together matters in pursuit of perfection.

The next stops were Los Angeles and New York, associating with some of the best known brands like Charvet, Brioni and Kiton. Kaz experienced the importance of the sales process and the value real fashion knowledge can bring to the customer.

Returning to Japan, Kaz tirelessly worked to develop a timeless style for men. Kazuna is Kaz’s style realized in the Australian market with a nod to his Japanese heritage. Paramount is to inform the customer of their options in an honest, humble, and passionate manner.

For all shapes and sizes Kazuna offers timeless durable suits, accessories like ties and pocket squares, shoes, and casual wear like the, typically unavailable, Japanese Selvedge Denim Jeans.

A specialized Made-to-Measure system is at the core of Kazuna’s mission in finding the perfect balance of fit and construction. Kazuna delivers on quality, value, and precision in detail by manufacturing exclusively in Japan with materials sourced from English, Italian, and Japanese Mills. Kazu 和 means sincerity, harmony, and unity while, Na 匠 means perfection or craftsmanship.

Kazuna is the sincere belief that Japanese perfection in craftsmanship will lead to a better educated and better dressed working man. 

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 on Saks Fifth Avenue 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 Azabu Tailor in Yokohama.


At Azabu Tailor, my role was to assist the average hard-working man 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 25+ 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.

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