Baroque Japan Limited (Head Office: Meguro-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer: Hiroyuki Murai) and Josai University Educational Corporation (Head Campus: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Chancellor: Noriko Mizuta) on April 11, 2016, concluded a comprehensive agreement on industry-academia collaboration toward fostering human resources capable of contributing to a new era in the fashion industry.
Front row, from left: Hakuo Yanagisawa, President, and Noriko Mizuta, Chancellor, Josai University;
Hiroyuki Murai, President and CEO, and Hirofumi Yamazaki, Executive Director, Baroque Japan Limited
■Objective of agreement and initiatives moving forward
The agreement aims to foster human resources to create trends of a new era. Contemporary lifestyles see a declining interest in fashion among youths. Through industry-academia collaboration, Baroque Japan hopes to rekindle interest in fashion and ultimately revitalize the fashion industry as a whole.
Moving forward, the company plans to establish an internship system and provide the experience of processes from product development to sales and publicity communication to students enrolled primarily in the Faculty of Management and Information Sciences, and the Faculty of Media Studies, at Josai International University, operated by Josai University with a focus on global education.
■About Josai International University
Founded in 1992, the university comprises the eight faculties of Management and Information Sciences, Media Studies, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Social Work Studies, Social and Environmental Studies, International Humanities, and Tourism. The three campuses at Tokyo Kioicho, Chiba Togane, and Awa cater to a total of 5,824 students (as of May 2015).
■About Baroque Japan Limited
Founded in 2000, the apparel company operates fashion brands including MOUSSY, SLY, rienda, and RODEO CROWNS, and select stores including SHEL’TTER. It runs 501 stores (as of March 2016) and has 1,623 employees (as of January 2016).
Head office: Aobadai Hills, 4-7-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042
Corporate website: http://www.baroque-global.com/global/en/
From left: Josai University Chancellor Noriko Mizuta and Baroque Japan Limited President and CEO Hiroyuki Murai
Gifts exchanged to commemorate the tie-up—Sharaku ukiyo-e print from Josai University, and MOUSSY original jeans from Baroque Japan
Presentation of Sharaku ukiyo-e print presented by Josai University
Presentation of MOUSSY original jeans by Baroque Japan