Wacoal

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Wacoal
Product type Intimate apparel
Country Japan
Introduced 1949
Related brands b.tempt'd, Eveden, Fantasie, Freya, Goddess, Elomi
Registered as a trademark in United States[1]
Tagline "The Art and Science of Intimates"
Website Wacoal

Wacoal is a manufacturer of women's lingerie and underwear, founded in 1949 in Japan by Koichi Tsukamoto. Today, the company has divisions in North America and Europe, and manufactures the brands Wacoal, b.tempt'd, Eveden, Fantasie, Freya, Elomi, and Goddess.

Company background[edit]

In 1964, Wacoal established the Human Science Research Center to conduct scientific research on women's beauty, health, and bodies for product development.[2]

In 1985, Wacoal launched in America.[3] To encourage potential customers to purchase the new brand despite the higher prices than its competitors, Wacoal's fit experts partnered with sales associates in department stores across the country to educate consumers about the fit and quality of Wacoal products. Wacoal was named the best selling bra in American department stores in 2005.[4] In 2009, Wacoal launched b.tempt'd, an intimiate apparel brand aimed toward younger consumers.[5]

In 2012, Wacoal acquired the Eveden Group, a UK-based lingerie manufacturer founded in 1920, bringing the full-figure brands Freya, Elomi, Fantasie, and Goddess under its corporate umbrella.[6]

Brand portfolio[edit]

  • Wacoal, flagship brand, launched in 1949 in Japan and 1985 in the United States
  • b.tempt'd, junior brand (sizes 30AA-38E), launched in 2009 worldwide
  • Eveden, launched 1920 in the UK
  • Fantasie, full-figure bras and swimwear, formerly produced by Eveden Group
  • Freya, launched 1998 in the UK by Eveden Group, large-bust bras and swimwear up to K cup and sports bras and swimwear up to H cup
  • Elomi, launched 2008 in the UK by Eveden Group, full-figure bras and swimwear (34 bands and up, D through K cup)
  • Goddess, launched in the USA and acquired in 2002 by Eveden Group, full-figure bras and swimwear

Product manufacturing[edit]

Wacoal products are manufactured almost entirely by hand using Japanese sewing technology as well as continued innovation. Much of the production occurs at Wacoal Vietnam, a manufacturing location established in 1997.[7]

Philanthropic efforts[edit]

Wacoal launched a bra known as the Awareness Bra in 1999, which features a pink ribbon on each band to remind women to be conscious of their breast health.[8] In 2001, the Fit for the Cure® campaign was launched to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research. Wacoal donates to Susan G. Komen for every woman who participates in a complimentary fitting during Fit for the Cure®.[9][10]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". tsdr.uspto.gov. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Human Science Research Center's Activities | WACOAL HOLDINGS CORP.". Wacoal Holdings (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "The vision of becoming a worldwide company | WACOAL HOLDINGS CORP.". Wacoal Holdings (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "b.tempt'd". btemptd. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "About Us". btemptd.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  6. ^ ""Our Story - Wacoal Eveden"". wacoal-europe.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Technique and spirit shared beyond borders". Wacoal Holdings (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Wacoal at HerRoom". HerRoom.com. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Wacoal - A Champion Partner for Susan G. Komen®". Komen.org. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "HerRoom.com and Wacoal Show Support for Breast Cancer Awareness". Marketwired.com. Retrieved 1 August 2016.