Hirokazu Okano was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1971. After graduating from Meiji University School of Political Science and Economics, he established a human resources consulting company, and at the age of 26, he purchased his head family’s Hakata Ori weaver company, which had been in the red for 13 years, and successfully turned it into a profit. He is also a director of Fuudo Co., Ltd. which produces artists, and an advisor to the Lee Sanpei kiln, which is inherited from the founder of Arita-yaki. He learned about the global success stories of luxury brands that originate from Western traditional crafts and got tips on how to revive traditional crafts. Currently, he has stores in Hakata Riverain and GINZA SIX, aiming to build the first global brand in Japan based on Hakata weaving technology.