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Ever since its foundation in 1950, Aoi Company, Limited has been introducing and offering European luxury to clientele with particular tastes. The founder, Shunkai Sakai, carefully selected and only dealt with items of high quality, fashionable designs, and profound values for the merchandising of Aoi even when there was virtually no conception developed for the word, “brand.” What Aoi stands for, All Original Import, has now become the long-standing philosophy and the driving force as a distributor for numerous signature brands to date.

I believe this philosophy is much desired for today’s market in turbulent times with vastly diverse needs. As the precursor of the present select shops, living up to this philosophy, questing for lasting values and attractive merchandising, strengthening relations between our customers and the sales representatives, will be the most important challenge, and it is our promise to you that Aoi Company, Limited returns to the cornerstone in 2007.

All of us at Aoi will undertake anything possible to bring high quality and attractive items to each of our valued customers. As the successor of the founder’s philosophy, and as a long established brand distributor, effective January 2007, we have changed the structure of our organization in order to surely inherit and further cultivate the accumulated knowledge to younger generations. We humbly ask you for your continued support and patronage in the years to come.

President Takashi Oshima

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Company Name
Head Office
2-3-5 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan 650-0046
Tel. 078-303-1800
Tokyo Office
Yasukuni Kudanminami Bld. 1F 2-3-14 Kudanminami Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 102-0074
Tel. 03-3239-0341
Capital Stock
72 million yen
Date of Foundation
1 April 1961
Areas in Business
Wholesale/retail of imported apparel and fashion items
Number of Employees
Number of Shops
32 (As of June 2010)
Tokyo -Mitsubishi UFJ Bank
Resona Bank
Kobe Shinkin Bank
Bank of Kyoto
a-global Ltd.
Aoi Fashion System Ltd.
Christian Louboutin Japan Ltd.
Ferragamo Japan Ltd.
Akris Japan Ltd.

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The company has its roots in a tiny store established by Shunkai Sakai in the Center-Gai street of Kobe. Vending diverse imported goods such as LP music records and unusual household gadgets, the company then focused their efforts on women's apparel including undergarments which were considered daring by the nineteen fifties standards of Japan.

In 1960, Sakai and his elder brother embarked upon wholesale trade under a corporation named Nakamura Shoten. The brothers started handling buttons from West Germany, shoes from Italy, beaded bags from the USA and so on.

On April First, 1961, the two brothers founded AOI COMPANY LIMITED, with two men and two women in a cramped office alongside the Tor Road of Kobe. Under the brother’s direction and the passage of more than three decades, the company now employs more than 190 personnel distributing a diverse variety of products.


Established HERNO JAPAN Ltd.


MSGM Flagship shop opened in Omotesando.


HERNO concept store opened in Aoyama.


MSGM distribution started.
Thomas Wylde distribution started.


Velower opened in Osaka Harvis ENT.
HARRIS OF LONDON distribution started.


Neil Barrett, Nancy Gonzalez distribution started.


Established Christian Louboutin Japan Ltd.
Rena Lange distribution started.


Ballantyne flagship shop opened at Ginza, Tokyo.


Di classe opened in Ginza,Tokyo. (at Ginza Matuya,Tokyo)

2002 Akris Flagship Shop opened in Ginza, Tokyo.

Established a subsidiary company, FENDI JAPAN LTD. Aigner Flagship Shop opened in Ginza, Tokyo


Paola Frani Boutique is opened at Hilton Plaza, Osaka
Succeeded and launched 18 Herno boutiques

1996 Fendi Flagship Shop opened in Kioicho Street, Tokyo.
1995 Established Aoi Saipan CO.,Ltd.
1992 Established a subsidiary company, FERRAGAMO LADIES BOUTIQUE JAPAN CO.,LTD.
1991 Established BULGARI JAPAN CO.,LTD.
1987 Kobe main office moved to AOI Building, which was then newly constructed in the Port Island Fashion Town, Kobe.
1978 Aoi Cassaudre Paris opened at the origin place
where Aoi has born.
1977 Aigner distribution started.
1976 Invited Centro Moda Italiana, 20 people.
Hettabrez distribution started.
1975 Akris distribution started.
1974 Tokyo office moved to New Otani Hotel compounds, Sunroser Akasaka. AOI opened boutiques of Fendi, Ferragamo and Cassandre.
1974 Tokyo office moved to New Otani Hotel compounds, Sunroser Akasaka. AOI opened boutiques of Fendi, Ferragamo and Cassandre.
1968 Opened Tokyo office at Horidome, Nihonbashi.
1961 AOI COMPANY LIMITED established.
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  2-3-5 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan 650-0046
 Tel. 078-303-1800
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