ABOUT US

Takashima is a wholesaler and manufacturer of accessory materials for apparel. Our products include buttons (primarily made of shell), tape and buckles.

We always strive to produce high-quality products made right here in Japan. As of 2010, we began offering our items online to the general public.

The shell buttons that have always been at the core of our collection inspire creators to produce good work, allowing us to help make an even greater number of people feel satisfied and happy.

This is something that we, as Japanese manufacturers, are very proud of.

Building a place for creators to get together...

That is what we are trying to accomplish.


A businessman who takes up the sewing needle to swap out the buttons on a worn-out white cotton shirt...

A mother carefully mending her child’s favorite Liberty print clothes one stitch at a time...

A middle-aged man at a total loss for nearly two hours because he cannot find buttons to match his tailor-made suit...

Young creators and brand-name designers working every day to produce new products in Japan...

And all of our countless friends—the workshop teams and craftsmen in Nara—who always put up with our selfish requests...



To have all of these people who you would never expect to meet come together at Takashima...

Talking about making things over coffee, and getting excited about the conversation...

Getting pulled in by small talk and cracking open a beer...

Taking a break to let go of those cluttered ideas leftover from work...

All while staring fixedly at something as trivial as a button...


Sometimes bustling with activity, and sometimes serious... A place to unwind...

An atelier that functions as a home for creators...

Making a place like this is something we are happy to work hard at every day.

What we want more than anything is to make your life easier, even just a little bit.

HISTORY Background
1979       Mr. Takashima, now representative director, joins “Tomoi,” Japan’s largest shell button manufacturer.
2001       Takashima is independently founded. 
The company begins producing and wholesaling accessory materials for apparel (primarily shell buttons).
2010       Takashima’s online shop opens.
2012       Takashima’s Asakusabashi office is remodeled to serve as both a retail storefront and an office.
2013       Planned exhibition at Craft Festival held at Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse.
Planned participation in Taito Ward’s 4th “Monomachi” event – SHELL BUTTON.