- Company Name
- CFCL Inc.
- 502 Flat Aoyama, 5-15-9 Minami-Aoyama,
- 502 Flat Aoyama, 5-15-9 Minami-Aoyama,
- Establishment Date
- Board Member
- Representative directors
- Yusuke Takahashi / Naohiko Matsuura
- Board of Directors
- Seiya Nakamura
- Junya Komatsu
- Corporate Auditors
- Natsuko Nakayama
- Representative directors
- Major Business Connections
- Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. / Barneys Japan Co. Ltd. / Sazaby League, Ltd. /Nordstrom, Inc. / Selfridges Retail Ltd.
- MUFG Bank, Ltd. / Mizuho Bank, Ltd. / Resona Bank, Ltd. / The Shiba Shinkin Bank
The CFCL brand name stands for Clothing For Contemporary Life. Instead of fashion that expresses the tastes and mindset of an individual designer, CFCL’s clothing is designed to serve as tools for people to use in their lives.
Our clothing for contemporary life comprises three elements: sophistication, consciousness, and comfort and easy care. From daily life to going out to eat at a restaurant, the CFCL style is highly compatible with different scenarios while still being easy to maintain at home and, moreover, responsibly made.
The brand’s core computer programming-aided knitwear is a technology that designer Yusuke Takahashi encountered as a student, and has used for almost all CFCL’s products ever since the brand was launched. Knitwear is generally regarded as casual clothing and rarely worn on special occasions. But today, people want clothing that is more comfortable and easy to move around in. Stretchy and able to fit a wide range of body shapes. Uncomplicated and cozy. CFCL believes knitwear is the right choice for contemporary life.
Since programming-aided knitwear dispenses with the need to cut the material, it results in almost no waste. Moreover, selecting recycled and certified materials makes it possible to produce clothing with a reduced impact on the environment. CFCL was founded in 2020 in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. In those volatile times, CFCL chose to enter the fashion industry––one of the most polluting industries in the world—because clothing is not only indispensable but also still incredibly influential. In the belief that fashion has the power to change how people feel, think, and act, we create clothing for our contemporary lives.
For more on CFCL’s consciousness, please see this page.
- Effortless design for everyday occasions
- High-quality Japanese yarn
- Responsible materials & Minimum waste
- Local and transparent supply chain
- Washable at home
- Quick dry
CFCL stands for “Clothing For Contemporary Life." “Simplicity, Modesty, and Responsibility” are core-values the brand heralds. CFCL designs clothing for people following a timeless approach and ethos. CFCL primarily consists of 3D-computer-developed knitwear using materials which contribute to sustainability, and state of the art technology. CFCL makes our best effort to build up the most appropriate domestic value chain and keep it transparent for the credibility of all the stakeholders. CFCL assesses knitwear as a progressive laboratory for innovative fashion-making that maintains sophistication while matching the needs of contemporary life.
To realize our core concept we propose and provide products and services to make a better world for various stakeholders, such as customer, society, environment, as a force for good.
CFCL builds diverse and balanced work environment and system to prevent injustice and corruption so that employees will be both mentally and physically sound, healthy, flexibly to make a long-term business management and day-to-day operation.
In maintaining soundness, healthiness, flexibility, CFCL will make utmost effort to be transparent by proactively communicating with each other both internally and externally so as not to be bound by existing business customs and practices.
When CFCL exchanges contract with external partners, we aim to do so in a way that guarantees trust and responsibility and deep consideration for the transparency of labor and work environment and conservation of environment through out the entire manufacturing processes such as minimizing wastes and emissions.
CFCL aims to keep optimizing work environment, which always requires diversity and various working styles, where employees and/ or outsourcing contractors are able to express their own opinions at all time.
Meanwhile, CFCL will also make utmost effort to protect our rights and deals and customers, who empathize with CFCL’s products, from any counterfeit products made from any incorrect materials and sourcing channels of which CFCL never intends.
CFCL establishes its platform to provide timely and accurate financial informations to its management.
At the same time, CFCL shall also constantly be open its essential financial information to all employees in order to realize its management by all.
The followings are key items for implementation.
1. Build up internal accounting operation
2. Implement monthly financial closing
3. Improve skills and morals of finance and accounting staff
4. Thoroughness of internal controls and governances
5. Strengthen budget management and financial analysis
CFCL confirms the following points when we procures necessary products and services from external partners. In case they are not clarified by the time of procurement, implementation, the reasons behind shall be clearly noted and the roadmap towards to the clarification/achievement shall be described with short-, mid-, and long-term deadlines, and progress shall be tracked and traced and shared with those partners and CFCL.
1. Is it certified by any authorized organization from the view points of benefit impact to environment?
2. Is there any quantified numeric indicators to show its performance to provide benefit impact to environment?
3. Is it certified by any authorized organization from the view points of benefit impact to social problem?
4. Is there any quantified numeric indicators to show its performance to provide benefit impact to social problem?
5. Does it demonstrate of moral and ethical management practices?
6. Is it manufactured in Japan?
7. Refer to “SDGs performance guideline”.
“Coexisting with local community”,
”Producing & Consuming local”,
“Transparency of the Supply Chain”
In establishing the above-mentioned “core concept”, we adhere the following practice with the aim of maintaining and improving the benefits provided to our suppliers and their growth as an integral part of our own growth.
“50% or more” of all the costs (*) borne by us in producing and selling our “core products” shall be the cost of “goods supplied” and/or “services provided” from suppliers that fall under either 1 and/or 2 described below.
(*) “50% or more” excludes salaries on payroll, office rent, utilities, taxes.
1. The supplier is a local independent company (**) geographically operating approximately within 80km of our main base facility of activity.
2. The supplier is a local independent company (**) geographically operating approximately within 80km from the location where our “core products” are used.
(**) Company that is capitally independent of foreign companies
All the CFCL’s stakeholders, including the suppliers listed below, shall be considered as important partners in the creation of the products, services, and stories that make up the products for contemporary life.
All of CFCL’s employees recognize them as our own equals.
1. Raw materials/ingredients manufacturer
2. Assembler (various processing)
3. Trading companies
4. Utility suppliers (electricity, water, heat, gas, etc.)
5. Designers and art directors
6. Engineers and technical advisors
7. Logistics suppliers (transportation, warehousing, etc.)
8. Tax and accounting firms
9. Law firms
10. Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions
11. Laborer’s offices
12. Real estate offices
15. Independent contractors
16. Temporary staff agencies
17. NPO, NGO
18. Academic institutions
19. Government, local government agencies
20. Other organizations belonging to or similar to the supplier
21. Do not conduct any business/private transactions with antisocial organizations.
Employee shall report at any time to the following contact desk in case of finding any violation of core concept and policies set forth made by director, officer or employee or being in conflict with the law.
Contact desk: Junya Komatsu (Mimura, Komatsu & Yamagata Law Firm)
Any revisions of this document shall be made by the board of directors and employee representatives with prior written consent.
Issued on the 1st of May 2021
Revised on the 17th of May 2022
2020Founded CFCL Inc.
20212021 Launched VOL.1 Collection
2022First debut at Paris Fashion Week
0000Achieves B corp certification
1985Born in Tokyo, Japan
2010Graduated from Bunka Fashion Graduate University
0000Miyake Design Studio Co., Ltd.
2013Appointed as the designer of ISSEY MIYAKE MEN
2020Founded CFCL Inc.
2021Awarded MAINICHI FASHION GRAND PRIX 2021(the 39th), Newcomer's Prize and Shiseido sponsorship Award
2022Awarded FASHION PRIZE OF TOKYO 2022
1982Born in Tokyo, Japan
2005Graduated from Keio University
0000Merrill Lynch (Tokyo, Japan and New York, US)
2013The Carlyle Group (Tokyo, Japan)
2016Japan Growth Investment Alliance (J-GIA, founding member)