Posted on 08 January 2016
Zippers. You use them everyday, which means that you shouldn't have to think about them. But just what does that YKK on some of them mean? YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (which roughly translates as Yoshida Company Limited), a Japanese manufacturer that makes more than 7,000,000,000 zippers a year.
That's a lot of zippers. And they're really good zippers, too.
Founded in 1934 by Tadao Yoshida, the company soon brought all aspects of their design and manufacturing in house. A 1998 story in the LA Times reported that YKK “smelts its own brass, concocts its own polyester, spins and twists its own thread, weaves and color-dyes cloth for its zipper tapes, forges and molds its scooped zipper teeth”. They make their own boxes for shipping and even manufacture their own zipper making machines, which are generally hidden from the public.
All of this attention to detail makes for an extremely reliable zipper (can you imagine an unreliable zipper?!), that comes in just the right color to create a seamless design, and doesn't cost that much more than all other zippers.
We like what Mr. Yoshida started back in 1934.
Even though it costs a little more to use a YKK zipper on our Weekender and Travel Kit bags, we don't want our customers to have to worry about an unreliable zipper or one that doesn't look just right on their bag. Or one that won't last as long as the bag does, which is just as long as you'll love your favorite team...