Masahiko Uotani aims to give women equal opportunities to men, even with regards to upper management positions.
Linton Men will bow with a small collection of tweed jackets and coats starting with the fall season. The pieces are all made with Linton fabrics, but are designed and sewn in Japan.
The Japanese retailer credited cost-cutting measures, a foreign exchange gain and a low comparative base for the improvement.
Adidas scored the highest among the 20 companies.
There has been some doubt as to whether China still has its edge as the place to do fashion sourcing and manufacturing.