Layers of time and colour.

Color the finest hangers in the world.

We'd like to introduce you to our craftsman's heart and the refined techniques that we have cultivated over the past 70 years.



A craftsman's Particular

We place the utmost importance on coloring that makes the most of the individuality of woods. Some has light brown wood color, some has dark brown one. Some has beautiful wood grain, but some may have not. Since wood is grown by nature, no two are exactly alike. So all woods have their own characteristic. My work is equalizing them, or making the most individuality by coloring. It is like…the feeling of dressing a person. If everyone wears a uniform, they look the same. If everyone wears clothes they like, they have different looks. The hangers that arrive at customers will have a unity, with each piece having its own individuality. Having their character but keeping harmony. It is the same as human's community.

Base coating

Firstly, we have base coating on the polished hanger. This is a very important process as that base coating determines the finishing. In this process, it is required to have a technique to make and adjust colors depended on each woods' color. Someone may think, "Why do you need to have base coating?" It's because without base coating, the hanger would not have our expected color, and it would be a shallow color. So, we add layers and layers of intricate colors to achieve the specified color in the final state. In this way, the color becomes more profound, and it will be able to enhance the beauty of wood grain. Judging by our own eyes and experience, the craftsmen make fine adjustments to bring out the beauty of the wood that lives behind the coating. This is something that cannot be done by a machine and is only possible with the skills of experienced craftsmen. Adjustments to match the color of the wood are judged instantaneously using their senses and experience, and it is said to take up to a year to acquire a minimum level of sensitivity.


Secondly, a hanger's surface is sprayed with coating to create a smoothing film. This protects the base coating and acts like a stopper to prevent excessing water and color from the wood. After spraying, the surface is fluffy, so we polish the entire hanger by some kinds of sandpaper, including the corners and surface, one by one, by hand. The key to this process is just patience. Because of the complicated shape, it needs to be polished at different angles, which takes a lot of time. If the polish is too much, the color of the colored stain would come off. On the other hand, if the polish is too little, the surface would be bumpy and not be as smooth as silk. Without the perfect degree of polish, the smooth surface that is the token of NAKATA HANGER cannot be achieved. A texture that makes you want to touch it forever is an essential element to protect your clothes. Recognizing the importance of this work, we polish them well and carefully. We keep our mission of delivering the best hanger to our customers in mind, and we are constantly researching better ways to polish hangers so that they can be used with love for a long time.

Color mixing

Next, we mix paint to have the final coloring. There are more than 9,000 colors available so far, which is a testament to our history and technical abilities. NAKATA HANGER uses only a selection of these colors. When mixing paint, we combine a limited number of colors and the degree of luster, but the emphasis is on the color of the wood rather than the liquid color. Even if the paint is mixed as specified, its' color may change over time depending on the color of the wood, so we adjust the color to the optimum level each time. For example, the color used for AUT-05, Mars Brown, is adjusted without using black as much as possible. The reason is that if black is added, the color and the characteristics of woods would be lost. Therefore, we adjust the lightness and darkness of the color by adding other colors. These techniques are the result of the many mistakes we have made and the experience we have gained from them. We are keeping research and study to create more beautiful colors. The color is not completed according to the specified formula, but rather, the ideal color is created by making fine adjustments based on all the experience we have gained. It's a process that requires persistence and patience.


What's important for craftsmen?

It is to understand exactly what is asked for us. As our skills and knowledge increase, we are tempted to use them to take on various challenges, but I try to stay calm and ask myself, "Is this really what the customer wants?" Of course, it is important to show our skills as a craftsman, but the most essential thing is to understand what the customer really wants. To do this, I think it is important for craftsmen to cultivate an eye for the genuine thing. If you don't know it, you can't create something that will truly impress customers. Each of us is an independent craftsman, but at the same time, we work as a team. This means that each of us must understand exactly what we are doing. I believe that it is important to understand the essence of the project as an entire team, not just one person.

Final coloring

Next, the last coloring is applied. Using a spray gun, each hanger is colored by hand. It is important to apply the paint evenly so that there is no unevenness. To achieve this, we need to adjust the distance and angle of the spray gun in order that we can paint the color to the entire hanger. What we look carefully at when applying the paint is the light on the hanger surface. Of course, we look at the color, but the light is what we focus on because the way it shines shows the texture, the translucency of the wood grain, the amount of paint, and in some cases, scratches and stains. We also color imaging of how it will change after seasoning and adjust it again if it is necessary. There are some adjustments that can only be seen after the actual spraying, such as the strength of the luster and the blurring of the color, so we continue to pursue the ideal finish until the end. The final stage of processing, which is related to the quality of the wood part, is now complete. This is the process that determines the quality of NAKATA HANGER, which has both the beauty of the wood and the beauty of the color. Although there is a lot of pressure, we are responsible for this process because we can feel the passion of the craftsmen who have been involved in the past process.


After coloring, we dry them at our drying room. This room is heated by the steam from the boiler that burns the scrap wood. Generally, infrared heaters would have been used, but at our factory, we use the heat from the boiler so that the wood is not wasted until the end. It takes about 3 hours to dry the wood, controlling the humidity and temperature each time, but sometimes it takes more than 16 hours for the color to become lustrous. We check the temperature and humidity in the room once an hour, as both humidity and temperature vary depending on the season and time of a day. Some people may think that the higher the temperature, the faster the drying process. However, the wood that has been colored is still breathing. Therefore, if the temperature is suddenly raised, cracks will occur and air will escape from the wood. Just like our skin, wood is a living thing, too. The key to achieve the best color is to dry it carefully and slowly, without rushing. The view of many hangers hanging on the lack in the drying room is breathtaking.


After drying, the hangers are inspected before being handed over to the final process. Here too, each hanger is inspected by hand. In addition to the color, gloss, and texture, we also check the surface condition and the roughness of the corners. Even if we find any hanger that does not meet our standards, we do not throw it away but repaint. It takes time and effort, but we want to use the wood as carefully as possible. The inspection process requires knowledge of the product, eyes for things, and the ability to make decisions. I make sure to check every little detail, hoping that the customers who pick up our hanger will be satisfied and smile. Thinking of the moment when a customer encounters NAKATA HANGER and it brings happiness to that person, I naturally become strict in my inspection. It is a very important process to send out the hangers that we craftsmen have worked hard with confidence. We are almost ready to deliver the genuine hangers made by our craftsmen and judged by their eyes to our customers.

A message for our customers

"It's only a hanger, but that's a hanger."
I was fascinated by the depth of a wooden hanger. It has many processes. Each hanger is made by hand. And the passion of the craftsmen is packed into it. Once you hold our hanger in your hands, you should be amazed at the quality, beauty, and depth that far exceed your imagination. The hanger has enough persuasive power to convince you that it is authentic. We believe that you will feel comfortable when you hang your favorite clothes on these hangers. We will always make a hanger into a work of art that will last for generations to come. That is our mission.