WELCOME TO DEBS
One of the oldest foreign-managed companies in Japan specializing in textiles,
real estate, and the trading of commodities.
At the turn of the century, a group of men sat down to discuss the future of their textiles business.
They had heard rumors of nice cottons and silks that were coming from the Far East, yet no-one knew who had access to such material.
So they decided to find out for themselves.
They traveled into the unknown, constantly adapting to new environments, and finally arrived to Japan in 1917.
They set up a textiles trading business connecting Japan, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and Lebanon and settled into these countries.
These are the founders of the Debs Group and this is the story of their success.
This is why we are now in Japan,
the place where the Debs family first planted their seeds that have now expanded into a vast global business.
The Debs Group has since evolved to become one of the most active textile groups in the world,
with businesses ranging from real estate to commodity trading.
Over the last 100 years, we continue to maintain the tradition of adapting to the times, searching for the next opportunity,
thinking out of the box and Sharing The Passion with all of our customers and suppliers.
Share the Passion!
We make sure we are passionate about what we do,
and we make sure to communicate our passion to all our customers, suppliers, colleagues, and stakeholders.
To develop mutually beneficial relationships across the world by offering affordable but innovative products and services through speedy development and effective communication, while keeping Japan at the heart of all our business.
The arrival of Ezzat Debs to Japan, the first of the Debs family to come to the Orient. Ezzat was the son of a textile merchant and owner of a cotton processing mill in the Middle East.
The arrival of Abdul Hadi Debs to Japan to assist his brother, Ezzat, in establishing a trading company that will export silk and cotton greige goods to their affiliates in the UK, Middle East, and Africa.
The establishment of A. Debs & Company, a general trading company based in Yokohama, Japan.
The arrival of Fouad Debs, nephew of Ezzat and Abdul Hadi, to Japan to help with the opening of the Osaka Branch Office and to expand the growing trade of textile piece goods.
A. Debs & Company ventures into producing their own original fabrics and starts to establish strong relationships with weavers and finishers.
A Debs & Company pioneers a new type of fabric – Sandwashed Cupro – which becomes an instant hit and success, creating major inroads to the European and American markets.
A sales office is independently established by Sana Debs in Mexico City to serve the newly opened Mexico and Latin American markets.
A Debs & Company is incorporated and renamed Debs Corporation with Soubhi Debs as its President & CEO. The mission was to expand on its growing converting business and upgrade its own product development capabilities.
Amana Corporation is founded as a joint venture between Debs Corporation and Utic & Company. Amana specialized in producing its proprietary “Blackest Black” for the Middle East market.
AJ Tex, a weaving factory, is established as a subsidiary of Amana Corporation to support the business operations of Amana as well as the Debs Group.
Debs Corporation first presents its collections at the esteemed Premiere Vision show in Paris, France. The move is important to strengthen its presence as a global fabric producer of exclusive and high quality fabrics.
Debs Corporation pioneers a waterless dyeing and printing system called AirDye with the goal of achieving more speed and sustainability in the textile industry.
Ebisu Real Estate is established as an independent and licensed real estate company to manage the real estate activities of the Debs Family as well as others.
The Textile Division of Debs Corporation is spun off to create a separate entity – Debs Textile Corporation – which will further specialize in textiles while Debs Corporation focuses on non-textile group operations.
The Debs Family celebrates 100 years in Japan, celebrated by thanking everyone who has helped them achieve this great milestone.