Especially well-known for premium denim wear
Evisu founder Hidehiko Yamane
Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1988, Evisu (エヴィス) is especially well-known for premium denim wear made through traditional labor-intensive methods. Evisu also makes t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, suits, accessories and shoes.
Founder Hidehiko Yamane named the brand Evis, after Levis, because he considered Levis 501 the best jeans ever made. He later changed this to Evisu, as it was close to Ebisu, the Buddhist deity of fishermen, good fortune and business prosperity. One of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods, Ebisu is especially popular in Osaka, which prides itself on its business spirit.
When Yamane, who calls himself a tailor, searched for original quality denim, he realized that it was impossible to find. Yamane eventually decided to make jeans himself.
In the early 90s, the vintage trend took off and his jeans became increasingly popular. In 1997 Evisu jeans were for the first time made in Italy.
Today, the brand has become extremely popular all over the world and now has hundreds of shops in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia as well as many stores in Japan.
Evisu International and Evisu Japan are however now totally independent companies, and Yamane has nothing to do with international operations. Here is a link to the International Evisu.