Revealing The Mystery Of The Letters YKK – What Does It Stand For?

There is a little detail that most people don’t even notice and that rarely gets discussed; on most of the zippers that are found on clothing around the globe you will find the same three characters: YKK.
It is quite likely that lots of the people reading this will get up out of their chair, step away from their computers and put down their laptops, stop studying, working or relaxing and head for the nearest closet to try and find a zip with the enigmatic inscription YKK. We can save you the trouble of rummaging through the garments that are hanging tidily in the wardrobe and advise you to keep reading instead. We can guarantee that there will be at least one piece of clothing with a zip fastener that has a YKK marked on both sides.
The question that remains is, what is YKK – some sort of symbol or logo? Both answers are correct; in fact, it is an acronym. YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha, which literally translates as Yoshida Manufacturing Shareholding Company.
This is a company that was created in Tokyo by Japanese entrepreneur, Tadao Yoshida, as far back as 1934 to specialise in the production of zippers for denim, trousers, jackets and sweatshirts. These were an essential part of fashion even as styles changed over the years, with the zip remaining popular and essential from the early 20th century right up to the present day. The letters YKK are placed on every zip that Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha sells and distinguishes their high quality originals from cheap imitations. From the 1970s onwards, Yoshida Kogyo diversified the company into other types of fastenings, along with architectural products and manufacturing machinery, but it has still retained its original and highly profitable product base of zippers. The company’s success was due in a large part to Mr Yoshida’s business philosophy, which he called the 'Cycle of Goodness.' CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE …
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