Tadashi Shoji is the founder and chief designer of the Tadashi Shoji collection. Born and raised in Sendai, Japan, he began painting and drawing at young age. His talent led to him assisting Japan’s leading contemporary artist, Jiro Takamatsu for three years. On his creative quest, Tadashi moved to the United States in 1973 where he discovered fashion design and went on to work with famed costume designer Bill Whitten.

Troubled by the lack of options for special occasion dresses in the contemporary market, Tadashi set out on his own launching “Tadashi” in 1982. The company has seen constant growth since its inception and is carried in more than 1,000 major department and specialty stores worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Lord & Taylor as well as internationally in Vakko, Harvey Nichols Dubai, and Rustan’s. In 2007, Tadashi launched the “Tadashi Shoji” Runway Collection for Fall 2007 during New York Fashion Week to rave reviews. Five years later, he celebrated his 30th anniversary by launching a robust e-commerce business.

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