ABOUT SIDE SLOPE

About Side slope

Knit products to further enrich your life

SIDE SLOPE is a knit brand born in Japan.
We aim to discover materials that are valuable and excellent in functionality from all over the world and to create one-and-only knitwear using outstanding knitting technology and unique ideas.

Italian yarn with beautiful colors, handcrafted buttons from Nepal, yarn using unique spinning technology in China, and the delicate dyeing technology of Japan… SIDE SLOPE creates knitwear combining great technology from every corner of the world.

What we value the most is “comfort” and “essence”. Feeling comfort on your skin the moment you wear the knitwear. Feeling the essence of human beings respecting nature and enjoying life to the fullest. SIDE SLOPE offers products that deliver such personal experiences.

And the biggest feature of the brand is its design full of creativity that can be materialized only with our deep knowledge of knitting. For example, we are inspired by leftover yarn in the factory, a snippet of a knit fabric or an old knitting machine. Other moments in life such as experiences during travel, moments on a street corner and encountering different people are all important elements in inspiring the design ideas for SIDE SLOPE products.

Our job is not just to make products and sell them. We carry a sense of responsibility to inherit and communicate the passion of all the workers involved with making SIDE SLOPE’s products. It is our wish that by wearing our knitwear your life will be filled with joy and happiness and will be further enriched.

BRAND CONCEPT

Italian yarn with beautiful colors, handcrafted buttons from Nepal, yarn using unique spinning technology in China, and the delicate dyeing technology of Japan… SIDE SLOPE creates knitwear combining great technology from every corner of the world.

What we value the most is “comfort” and “essence”. Feeling comfort on your skin the moment you wear the knitwear. Feeling the essence of human beings respecting nature and enjoying life to the fullest. SIDE SLOPE offers products that deliver such personal experiences.

And the biggest feature of the brand is its design full of creativity that can be materialized only with our deep knowledge of knitting. For example, we are inspired by leftover yarn in the factory, a snippet of a knit fabric or an old knitting machine. Other moments in life such as experiences during travel, moments on a street corner and encountering different people are all important elements in inspiring the design ideas for SIDE SLOPE products.

Our job is not just to make products and sell them. We carry a sense of responsibility to inherit and communicate the passion of all the workers involved with making SIDE SLOPE’s products. It is our wish that by wearing our knitwear your life will be filled with joy and happiness and will be further enriched.

CATEGORY

The five categories of SIDE SLOPE
In order to clearly express our philosophies and passion for knitwear,
we evolve our products in five different categories.
Instead of changing our brand name for each category we changed the color of the logo,
so each category is visually distinguishable by the image associated with each color.

Bordeaux

Our signature collection representing the seasonal concept

Just liked fine wine with rich scent, the grape color BORDEAUX reflects what’s best in season. There are no strong statements in theme or detail, but that is done intentionally to make the nuance of the product to stand out more deeply.

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Black

One and only products filled with craftsmanship

The solitary color BLACK is unwavering and will not take on any other color. It expresses the core essence of our knitwear, how we collect the best materials from around the world and combine the best skills, techniques and persistence in order to create exquisite pieces.

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White

Daily knitwear subtly featuring our technical skills

WHITE is innocent and pure, but also has the generosity to harmonize with anything. The WHITE collection features simple and standard design stripped off of unnecessary decorations and smooth comfortable texture that would make you want to wear it every day.

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Green

Eco-friendly line reusing “leftover” yarn as valuable treasures

Relaxing and natural, the color GREEN reminds us of lush leaves on trees. Dead stock yarn and yarn leftover in the manufacturing process are reused to give them new life in our GREEN collection filled with innovative ideas.

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Blue

A sports lineup integrating functionality and comfort

BLUE is the color of the ocean, which is the source of life, and a color that always makes you feel refreshed. While natural fiber is frequently used for comfort, functionalities that are essential for outdoor activities and sports are reinforced with our knitwear techniques and processes.

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MATERIALS

Materials for the ultimate comfort

SIDE SLOPE’s knitwear is made only from materials carefully selected from around the world. Sometimes we go to the production site and start from the design of the yarn.

Each of our standard and classic materials is delivered from particular sources chosen with care. For cotton we use Italian spun yarn using Egyptian Giza Cotton. Cashmere is delivered from an Italian spinning manufacturer established in 1919. And for wool, we use the extremely soft extra fine merino wool spun in Italy.

When choosing the materials, the most important elements are its texture, color and spinning method. We create prototypes over and over and carefully confirm its texture and touch by hand many times while imagining the final product.

A comfortable piece of knitwear is not something that is decorated excessively. It is created from the desire to bring out the essence of the fine material.

FACTORY

New values created hand-in-hand with our factory

SIDE SLOPE’s knitwear is produced in several factories where we place our full trust in its technical skills. Our self-owned factory in China has been receiving technical direction from Japan for over 30 years and still uses hand flat knitting machines that can delicately adjust knitting density with human hands. The factory in Nagano prefecture has developed the highly popular pile knitting technique and is still responsible for our pile knit production. The dyeing factories in Kyoto and Gifu prefectures have allowed us to express more complicated patterns using a method to dye the woven products. We constantly exchange opinions with each factory to advance ideas and create new products even with old machines and existing methods. Moreover, we always continue to use the techniques that we once developed. We consider such techniques as valuable assets created together in partnership with the factories. We make full use of these assets and continue to evolve them over time by changing the materials, pattern and colors.

Self-owned factory in China

At the China factory, we use hand flat knitting machines that can delicately adjust knitting density with human hands. By using these hand flat knitting machines, it is possible to create the perfect looseness in the knit or the perfect stich decreases for armholes that cannot be recreated even with the latest automatic knitting machines.

Subcontracted factory in Nagano

The Nagano factory developed pile knitting which is time consuming and labor intensive. Since its launch, the pile knits have become one of the most popular items at SIDE SLOPE. We deliver new designs every season such as border patterns and double structures.

Dyeing factories in Kyoto and Gifu

Product dyeing is a method to fold the product like origami based on the image of how you want the dye to come out. By skillfully combining patterns made by the dye and the patterns in the original knitting, we can create complicated and deep patterns that cannot be seen anywhere else.

LOGO

Delivering the heart and passion of the creators

If the product is good, it does not need to shout out a brand name. SIDE SLOPE products do not carry its brand name on the products. Because we believe that every single item is the creation of our full commitment and passion. Because we believe that people are drawn to good products by its comfort and quality, not by its brand name. Instead we have placed a heart-shaped logo on our creations. The heart illustrates the passion of every person involved in the creation of our knitwear, from the raw material producers, factory craftsmen and the brand designer.

Designer

“It is important to visit the site to learn the essence. Once you understand the essence, you know how to express it.”

Hiroki Wakisaka

Hiroki was born in 1972. After working as a knit designer for several apparel brands, he founded his own brand SIDE SLOPE in 2005. With full knowledge of the characteristics of the materials and the knitting factory’s technical capabilities, he creates one of a kind patterns and colors, developing ideas that integrate “luxury” and “comfort”. Sometimes he even designs yarn to push the boundaries of knitwear based on new ideas. He is always seeking ways to utilize knit fabric as a tool to enhance lifestyle in general, for example in art and interior categories, not just knitwear.

Showrooms
PARIS
SHOWROOM
3, Rue du Platre(ESC A 5th Floor) 75004 Paris FRANCE
tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 18 93
e-mail: dalcerro@forward-apparel.com
Buisiness Contact: Dal Cerro Nicola (Brand Manager)
TOKYO
SHOWROOM
141-0001
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Kitashinagawa 5-9-11 Osaki MT Building 9F
tel: +81 (0)3 5423 6451
fax: +81 (0)3 5423 6485
e-mail: sideslope@forward-apparel.com
Buisiness Contact: Motoda (Sale)、Kawakami (PR)
Company Info
Name
Forward Apparel Limited Co., Ltd.
Address
141-0001
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Kitashinagawa 5-9-11 Osaki MT Building 9F
tel: +81 (0)3 5423 6451
fax: +81 (0)3 5423 6485
http://www.forward-apparel.com/
Founded
1980年4月 (SIDE SLOPE established in 2005)
Officer
President Ryoichi Osakabe
Director  Hiroki Wakisaka
Stockholders
Forward Apparel. Trading Limited 100%
Affiliates
FUNG GROUP http://www.fungroup.com/
Forward Apparel. Trading Corporation,
http://www.forward-apparel.com/