JAPANALIA was founded in Tokyo in 1976 and brought to Hartford, Connecticut in 1981 by designers Eiko Sakai and Dan Blow. Originally, Eiko and Dan worked only with kimono silk. Today, Eiko and Dan use an array of beautiful, quality fabrics to design clothes for men and women that combine Japanese influence with a contemporary sense of style. Each design evolves for the fabric with clean, spare lines achieved through minimal cutting. In an abstract way, the garments preserve the tradition of the kimono cut in which four narrow panels of fabric determine the width of the kimono. This refined size concept can work to the advantage of every woman or man. Though Dan and Eiko don't profess that every item is perfect for just anyone, our five-size system coupled with a wide variety of fabrics and colors means there is always something appropriate for everyone, from "Skinny Minnie" to expectant Mom's and our more bodacious sisters!