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Mikasa glass offers the ideal combination of versatility with en vogue
styling. An expansion from their original ceramic dinnerware specialty,
Mikasa stemware and drinkware continues to garner generations of fans with
their stylish yet sensible lines.
Originally known as American Commercial Incorporated, the Mikasa
company began in New Jersey as a distributor of international ceramics in
the '30s. Soon after, they turned to the creation of their own lines of
dinnerware with production contracted out to other, mainly European,
producers. The immense success of this transition yielded their further foray
into glass stemware and tableware at the end of the '70s.
Mikasa glass pieces continue to be associated with quality
craftsmanship. Their range, which spans from entry level glass to the more
luxurious realm of crystal, makes their pieces suitable for both everyday sets
and unique, elegant glass gifts.
Japanese American George Tetsuo Aratani was the founder of
Mikasa. He also founded Kenwood Electronics in 1946, which opened its
first American office in 1963
Today, Mikasa is owned by Arc International, a large French
conglomerate of houseware companies
Store merchandiser Alfred Blake assisted in the branding of Mikasa's
tiers of production in the '60s. He created the Studio Nova line designed for
high-end retail and department stores as well as Home Beautiful, a lower-
cost line for discount stores