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Japan Airlines Adopts Trousers In Uniform Re-Design

On July 23, Japan Airlines (JAL) revealed newly designed uniforms for its employees, giving female cabin attendants the choice of wearing trousers for the first time in the carriers history.

Cabin Crew, engineers, ground staff and others will start wearing the new uniforms in April next year, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, when the worlds eyes will be firmly on the country and its flag carrier.

The project is being led by Japenese designer Yasutoshi Ezumi who graduated from Central Saint Martins fashion school in London.  Work began on the designs earlier this year after Japan Airlines (JAL) asked for feedback and ideas from passengers and employees on the new look. It is the first redesign for its uniforms in around seven years.

Cabin Crew Uniforms.

The uniform is very much what you would expect from. a conservative airline like JAL, retaining the 1990’s corporate look. The traditional design is made up of a dark blue fabric with hints of red throughout. The designer has also attempted to make the uniform resemble the curve of a crane – the airlines brand symbol, as well as adding some questionable balloon-shaped sleeves for female crew.

But one great improvement for the female crew is the addition of a trouser pant option.

Ground Crew uniforms.

Flight crew will be given a new unisex uniform, although, for the first time female pilots will have the option of wearing a single-breasted jacket and neck scarf if they choose.

Kariyushi is worn during the summer in Okinawa and five Okinawan flowers including the Deigo flower, have been incorporated into the design.  All Kariyushis will be made in Okinawa.

Traditional Kariyushi Wear in Okinawa

Materials for the new uniform will be sourced from sustainable sources and old uniforms will b e recycled where possible.

“We focused on quality and functionality suitable for professionals. The new uniforms will be loved by our workers,” JAL President Yuji Akasaka said at a press conference in Tokyo.

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