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kushitani to open retail store

“Niche” safety clothing and accessories manufacturer Kushitani is opening its first UK retail store on 25 August. The shop, based in Boston, Lincolnshire, will sell the Japanese company’s leather and textile suits, jackets and trousers, its gloves, palm guards, luggage and casual clothing.

The company dates back to 1947 when, arising from the ashes of post-war Japan, Toshiko Kushitani founded a women’s leather garment store in his home town of Hamamatsu. From 1953 onwards Kushitani-san began satisfying the requests of his friends working for the local bike manufacturers to make special protective clothing for them to wear in testing the bikes, as well as to go racing once a year in the Mount Asama dirt-track race around a semi-active volcano. “These quite primitive garments were the first step along a path of deeper involvement in motorcycling and racing,” says the company.

 

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