Apolis, a socially conscious men’s brand, has inked a deal with Sanyo Shokai to expand the label’s presence in Japan as well as its product offering.
Sanyo will act as a partner, exclusive distributor and licensor for the brand and will oversee production and distribution starting with the spring/summer 2019 season.
As part of the deal, the Apolis e-commerce site will be relaunched, a flagship store will open in Tokyo, the brand will add women’s wear and its men’s wear offering will be expanded.
Creative director Raan Parton will partner with the Sanyo team to design the product, which will be manufactured in the Japanese company’s factories in that country along with Apolis’ network of global artisans rounding out the production.
Collections will be produced globally and will continue to adhere to Apolis’ sustainable standards and environmental conscientiousness. The brand was certified as a B Impact Corporation in 2012, a designation for businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Isao Iwata, president, representative director and chief operating officer of Sanyo, called Apolis “an early adopter of sustainable practices and socially aware production. Sanyo has also been a company with a talent for spotting the future. We know that Apolis can be a larger, more vibrant presence in Japan and elsewhere, and we’re looking forward to supporting that change.”
Shea Parton, Apolis’ cofounder and chief executive officer, said, “Sanyo is a global leader in production and brand building. Apolis has always found a ready home in Japan. We’re so honored to receive Sanyo’s support in growing in our business there.”
The 75-year-old Sanyo is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and manufactures men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.
Apolis was founded in 2004 by brothers and California natives Raan and Shea Parton. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it offers California-lifestyle products ranging from casual apparel and accessories to furniture and apothecary.