Today we have so many options for kimono companies that it’s almost insane. You can get a kimono in almost any color with any theme you want.
One company “Endo Athletics” specializes in these themes and releases several a month. However, while there are many companies, a few truly stand out and take a massive amount of sales.
I want to build a short list of what I believe to be the most popular and sought after kimono companies in the world today. This list is built more for the newer students, as most veterans will most likely see this coming.
So, here are the top kimono companies currently in business.
3.) Origin– This is one of the only companies who makes kimonos in the USA. Based out of Maine, this company has done some amazing things. They have their own school and run camps every year. They also developed a clip type pant design that received mixed reviews, but was an awesome concept. Furthermore, they create lots of BJJ-specific workout gear and are always on the cutting edge. This company has truly built itself on the premise of supporting American production and it’s always nice to know that when you buy a kimono from Origin, it’s not just a blank cloth with different patches.
2.) CTRL Industries– I love this company. Based in Arizona , CTRL has created a ton of outstanding designs and products that have gained massive amounts of popularity over the last five or so years. As with many companies, CTRL does a great job doing themed kimonos. Their most famous line is still their Chess kimonos. They have made a variety of kimonos themed after the different chess pieces. However, if you were hoping to pick one up, you will most likely have to search Facebook groups and eBay, as they don’t reproduce kimonos and they sell out fast ! CTRL is one of only two companies that have been able to sell out in minutes and have a secondary group site (Origin has groups too, though) dedicated to their products. It truly is no wonder why they became so popular.
1.) Shoyoroll – Surprised? Probably not. “Be First, No Less” is one of the most well-known slogans in the BJJ community and for good reason. Shoyoroll is known for offering more sizes than other companies, which leads to a better fit and feel. They also have done many themed kimonos, but they specialize in collaborations with other companies. On top of all of that, they also make some of their kimonos in California! People go nuts for these kimonos! This has created a crazy secondary market and many Facebook groups. The down side is that some people buy them just for re-sale and fetch more than $500 for a kimono. Another side aspect is that some people have even gone as far as to create fakes. All things considered, Shoyoroll is definitely a brand every jiu-jitsu practitioner should at least try once. Be careful though, you will get addicted.
What do you think of these three companies? Which one is your favorite and why?