The knitwear brand, BATONER was created in Sagae City, Yamagata Prefecture in 2013.
It started as a brand of OKUYAMA MERIYASU located in Yamagata Prefecture, which is known as the production area for knitwear.
They have been charged with various Maison brands and apparel makers. They manage all the processes with highquality from raw materials to products and complete the knitwear and send them out to the world.
They continue to create things that will be passed on to the next generation, having the motivation to pursue higher quality and the technology and tradition
Japan boasts to the world.
OKUYAMA MERIYASU that was founded in 1951 is located in Sagae City, Yamagata Prefecture.
The area that is surrounded by famous peaks including Mt. Hayama, Mt. Gasaan, and Mt. Asahi and where clear streams flow nearby, is also known as the sacred ground of knitwears where wool production and spinning were once popular.
It has received contracts for products boasting highquality by the neighboring artisans keeping in close contact, such as spinning factories that weave yarn and dyeing factories that dye the yarn.
BATONER looks to the future to pass on what their predecessors have built up to the next generation without losing quality.
By using various gauge needles, they create products with many variations, such as low gauge knits with a sturdy and bulky appearance and high gauge knit with a lightweight comfort.
The process of connecting each part by hand such as the front body, back body, sleeves, and the collar is called linking.
Although it takes a lot of time as it is detailed work, the seam will not stand out, and accurate pattern matching also becomes possible. It is a valuable sewing technique, as artisans who can perform linking are currently decreasing.
Stitching is an indispensable work when knitting knitwear. It cuts extra yarns and puts back yarns into the knitted fabric that will inevitably protrude in the process of knitting, using tools like scissors, tweezers, needle threaders, latch needle, and ripper. By doing so, the fray of the yarn disappears, and a sturdy knitwear with a beautiful appearance.
Knitwears are not completed even after the shape is completed. A process of damping the yarn tissues with water and applying heat and pressure called fulling is applied. It is then pressed with an iron using various molds.
It is a sensuous finishing work applied by artisans that create accurate dimensions that change with fulling, in addition to the intended designs and textures.
The last process applied is checking. We check each piece with our own eyes whether the knitted fabric is loose or whether it has scratches or stains. If there are no problems, it is recognized as a product for the first time which is then shipped.
The quality of BATONER is maintained by artisans carefully applying each of these processes by their own hands.