IMAYO since 1861 1861-KYOTO

Company Outline

Outline

Company Name Imayo & Co., Ltd.
Founded 1861
Incorporated May 2, 1966
Capital 98 million yen
Representative Chairman & President - Nobutaka Imanishi
Location 218, Okura-cho, Takeyamachi-agaru, Karasuma-dori,Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 604-0861
Tel.075-211-5141 (switchboard) Fax. 075-211-2398
Business activities Integrated jewelry production and sales
Major customers Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
H2O Retailing Corporation (Hankyu Department Store)
Kintetsu Department Store
Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (Seibu Department Stores),
and others
Group Affiliations

JJA (Japan Jewelry Association)
TDE (Tokyo Diamond Exchange)
WFDB (World Federation of Diamond Bourses)
Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives

WFBD Mark authorized

History

1861 Founded in Kyoto's Toji area by the first generation Yohei Imanishi as an affiliate store of the 17th-generation fancy goods wholesaler Fujiya.
Became independent of Fujiya as a fancy goods wholesaler in Kyoto's Gojo Sakai-machi< district.
1944 Forced to evacuate and move to Narutaki, Kyoto as a result of wartime requisitioning.
Changed company's name to Imayo Shoten.
May 1966 Reorganized as a corporation under the name Imayo Co., Ltd.
Oct. 1982 Recognized by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce as a business with over a century of history.
Dec. 1983 Completed construction of a head office building at the company's current location in Takeyamachi, Karasuma, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto and relocated there.
Jun. 1988 Joined the JJA (Japan Jewelry Association) when it was founded.
Feb. 1989 Published the Imayo concept book Mind Jewelry.
May 1999 Entrusted with De Beers Millennium Edition Premium Diamonds (limited production).
Aug. 1999 Changed the Japanese characters used for the company name.
Dec. 1999 Entrusted with De Beers Millennium Edition Diamond Hourglass (limited production).
Nov. 2001 Chosen as a partner (one of three in Japan) by the De Beers Group's Diamond Trading Company (DTC) and began selling the Diamond Line bracelet.
May 2002 Participated in the De Beers Group's DTC Fancies project.
Jul. 2007 Joined the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) through the Tokyo Diamond Exchange (TDE).
Jul. 2008 Authorizd to use the JJA (Japan Jewelry Association) reliability mark when the system was established.
Aug. 2009 Launched the original brand emo.
Jan. 2010 Launched the original brand ICHAROI.
Sep. 2012 Revamped corporate branding, updating corporate symbol and emblem.
Hosted 150th anniversary celebration and the first Imayo "Karyo-ten" exhibition.
Launched the original brand brillie.
Feb. 2014 Launched the original brand kagayoi.
Sep. 2015 Acquired capital in Takada Jewelry & Co., Ltd.