TOKYO — Japanese tattoo-inspired apparel brand Horiyoshi the Third has tapped Richard Johnson, the head men’s buyer for Harvey Nichols, as its chief operating officer.
Horiyoshi the Third, which bases its designs on the work of famed Japanese tattoo artist Yoshihito Nakano, got its start with scarves, T-shirts and high-end knitwear produced in Japan. The brand said it will launch a new premium denim line for men for the fall-winter 2012 season. A women’s denim collection will follow.
The brand is also preparing to open its first standalone store on London’s Connaught St. in October. Its current roster of retail accounts includes Maxfield in Los Angeles, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols in the United Kingdom and Dubai.
Mitsuo Kojima, a fashion executive who was Isetan department store’s fashion director for women’s back in the 1970s, is the president and chief executive of Horiyoshi Worldwide, the company that owns the Horiyoshi brand. Its operations are based in Los Angeles and Tokyo.