Hanger Business Wants to Reflect Japanese Craftsmanship

Nakata Hanger wants its products to be utilitarian, but also to reflect the best of Japanese craftsmanship.

Since 1946, when the Nakata family established its factory specializing in clothing hangers, the handmade wooden product has not evolved much. But its fans wouldn’t want Nakata Hanger’s product to change.

“The shape of the hanger is extremely important,” said Mark Cho, co-founder of the Armoury, a men’s wear retailer in Hong Kong and New York that has used Nakata’s hangers for 10 years and now sells them. “The thickness of the shoulders and the curvature of the back of the hanger help immensely with preserving the shape and condition of the garment.

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