ABE SANGYO CO.,LTD
Year of establishment
Type of industry
Manufacturing indoor shoes
3-2 3-chome Yachi-chuou Kahoku-cho Nishimurayama Yamagata Japan
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Abe Sangyo is a maker of house shoes with a focus on comfort. We differentiate our products from others by referring to them as “home shoes” rather than slippers.
We are located in Kahoku, Yamagata Prefecture, a town well-known for the production of zori (traditional Japanese sandals) in the early 20th century, and the country’s largest producer of slippers from the latter 20th century onward.
Our business was founded in 1919 by Saikichi Abe, who opened Abe Saikichi Shoten, a dealer and producer of zori insoles. In 1967 his successor, also named Saikichi Abe, in response to changing lifestyles, diversified into the production of luxury slippers in original designs, targeting Tokyo department stores. After becoming the third-generation successor to the business in 1999, current company president Hirotoshi Abe embarked on the development of new original products while producing for other brands in order to shift the company away from its heavy reliance on department store wholesalers to areas where more growth was likely in the future. Some of the resulting products have been selected for the Good Design Award, Yamagata Excellent Design Award, and other accolades.
Each of our products is carefully handmade, including not just our zori sandals of past years, but our house shoes as well. A high level of dexterity and skill is required in making footwear, and we have always been an active employer of local women—including work-from-home grandmothers—who play an important role in the house shoe industry. In this sense, our industry may be described as truly local. Women make up about 90% of our current staff, and are vital for all aspects of our operation.