American Boy meets Japanese Otaku: A Story for Legend
In the Summer of 2018, the lives of New York City-native Adam Boujida and a Tokyo-native Kazumasa Ito would come colliding by fate. What began as a simple conversation between two strangers supporting the burgeoning startup movement in Tokyo emerged a brotherhood formed on infinite trust while realizing they shared a common passion:
Building the bridge that connects Japan with the world.
Introducing aoiShip, the world's first global e-commerce platform for Japanese fashion.
Timeline of Events
Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Aoiship K.K. incorporated in Tokyo, Japan on September 25, 2018, established by co-founders Adam Boujida and Kazumasa Ito.
B2C E-Commerce Platform
MVP goes live
aoiShip launches the first version of its B2C e-Commerce Platform to replace its usage of Shopify. Designers and Suppliers can now directly sell to aoiShip customers worldwide.
Matchmaking service for sellers and influencers
Coming soon, influencers worldwide will be able to join aoiShip's network as a partner, choose Japan brands to work with, and get compensated for completing curated campaigns. They will also be able to compare styles among peers, network with aoiShip's preferred brands, learn best-practices, and receive catered data reports to help you be the best influencer possible.
Online technology for fashion brands
This will be the largest update to aoiShip. aoiShip fashion brands will gain access to B2B solutions and be able to take advantage of aoiShip's patent-pending social media API integrations and have the opportunity to optimize their supply chain from logistics to manufacturing.
Accolades & Associations
Over the course of three months, Startupbootcamp received more than 1,200+ applications from all over the world in search of the world's Top 10 best FashionTech startups. On December 11th and 12th the finalist teams pitched their way for the final 11 slots in order to participate in the Prada-backed 13-week acceleration program based in Milan, Italy.
Milan, December 13th 2019. At the end of a global tour that lasted 2 months – during which the leading European accelerator engaged in more than 220 meetings with fashiontech startups in 13 fashion capitals – Startupbootcamp selected the eleven international teams aspiring to disrupt the fashion industry.
We pitched and we pitched... until we finally made it. aoiShip is thrilled to announce we have been chosen by Prada-backed accelerator Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan to be among Top 10 startups worldwide from a pool of over 1200+ applicants to be accelerated in 2020! We are the only startup to be selected from SBC FashionTech's world tour from Asia.
Beginning January, our team will move to Milan for several months to learn from and collaborate with mentors and sponsors from partners such as Prada, Accenture in Italia, PwC Italy, Sopra Steria, Dedagroup S.p.A., Stone Island, Unilever, and more.
2020 will be a transformative year for us. Stay tuned for plenty of exciting developments!
January 2020: A New Management Team.
Fashion & Marketing Boost
Gabrielle Chen joined us in January 2020, and came from MCM from her previous role as Head of Digital, E-Commerce, and CRM for the Japan market. She is a Harvard alumnus, a former fashion buyer, and has experience in a couture team working under Elizabeth Von Der Goltz (current Global Buying Director at Net-A-Porter). Her skill-set brings to the table a boost to our capabilities in Fashion and Marketing.
Board of Advisors
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