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Cross World Connections Co., Ltd.
CEO Junko Wong
Born in Bangor, Maine, Junko Wong was the first daughter of a Takarazuka Revue performer and an US Air Force soldier who was stationed in Osaka. Junko returned to Japan from the United States from ages 1 to 6, wherein she was sent to live Honolulu, where she got her BFA for photography and design at the University of Hawaii. In 1983 she returned to Japan to stay. Until establishing CWC in 1991, Junko Wong worked as a free-lance international exhibition producer and curator, involved in many prominent art projects.
In 1986, she organized a massive exhibition called “Crossing86” featuring a total of a hundred creators from Hawaii and Japan over 20 different galleries between the two islands. Debuting as an agent for graphic design superstar Neville Brody, artist Jamie Reid, and the illustrator Isabelle Dervaux, CWC began it’s life and career with an explosive start.
|1991Feb.||Cross World Connections is established.
Marketing and production work in Japan begins with Isabelle Dervaux, Jesse Hartland, Michael Bartalos, Francois Avril, among others, who will help lay the foundation of CWC as it stands today.
Work is primarily focused on exhibition planning and execution. Isabelle Dervaux creates the CWC logo.
|1998Mar.||An exclusive contract is written for Jeffrey Fulvimari.|
|1998Sep.||CWC moves it’s office and with it creates a gallery space. The Gallery, as it is called, is used to promote and exhibit works by CWC affiliated artists as well as being rented out to illustrators and accessory creators to display their work.
|1999Oct.||1st Biannual Chance Ten Exhibition.
Organized to seek out and develop up-and-coming illustrators, Chico Hayasaki and Yuki Hatori are chosen as it’s first alumnus. The event is held every two years since it’s initial exhibition.
|1999Dec.||CWC International is established in New York.
Created to primarily represent Japanese and European illustrators to the American market.
|2001Jun.||The first Blythe Doll is on sale.|
|2003May||The first Daikanyama Junie Moon opens.
Located on the second floor of a building near Daikanyama Station, the wide windows and natural wooden furniture is prominently featured while dolls, accessories, and apparel such as T shirts were sold.
|2004Dec.||Daikanyama Junie Moon moves down to Hachiman Street.
Now known as the Blythe Fan’s Mecca, the shop sells an assortment only a directly affiliated retailer can offer, along with a gallery in the far end which regularly hosts exhibitions for pop art and rare collectibles.
|2006Feb.||Junie Moon Co. is established for independent product sales for retail and wholesale.|
|2006Jan.||CWC Vision, an online illustrator training program, is established. Neville Brody creates CWC Vision’s logo|
|2006Nov.||CWC International changes location, using its new space to create Gallery Hanahou next door. The gallery not only regularly shows artists affiliated with the CWC group, but art projects that are topical and important at the time.
|2008Nov.||The Jeffrey Fulvimari Super Store opens in Daikanyama, specializing in Jeffrey Fulvimari’s original artwork and licensed products.
|2009Feb.||LeLe Junie Moon opens in Shinjuku Marui One 4F.|
|2012Jul.||Salon de Junie Moon opens in Osaka.|
|2012Nov.||Cross World Connections merges with affiliated company Annex to create Cross World Connections Co., Ltd.|
|2013Oct.||LeLe Junie Moon moves it’s store front from Shinjuku Marui One after it’s subsequent closure to the 6th floor of Shibuya Parco Part1, opening as a new shop.
|2015Jun.||NY office becomes independent company|
1992 Timney Fowler Exhibition Planning and production
1995 Kintetsu Dept Store season visual by Dovrat Ben-Nahum
1997 Character production for Osaka Dome
1997 Anton Corbijn Photo Exhibition Planning and Production
1999 Main Character for Dinos by Isabelle Dervaux
1999 Main Character for Onokoro Park by Jessie Hartland
2000~2014 Main Character for Sunstar Ora2 by Jeffrey Fulvimari
2000 Main visual for fashion brand ROPE by Dominique Corbasson
2001 Main Character for Palty-Hair color by Kirsten Ulve
2002 Main Character for Avanti Staff by Jeffrey Fulvimari
2004 Main Character for Fresh Light-Hair Color by Blythe(fashion doll)
2008 Merchandise project by Chico Hayasaki
2009 Main Visual for Canal 4C by Masaki Ryo.
2009 Cafe Au Lait can designs by Francois Avril
2009 Kinki University main campaign model by Blythe
2010 Main visual for LaQua by Lotie
2010 Jeffrey Fulvimari and Blythe were selected for Parco 40th Anniversary special visual.
2012 Microsoft mobile mouse designed by Kenzo Minami
2012 Starbuck Japan visual done by LULU*
2013 Collaboration project with Epoca and Samantha Hahn
2014 Francois Avril illustrate advertising for Nishi Shinjuku Project
2014- Season Visual for "Dessin" by Andrew Bylo
2014 The book Annika Wester illustrates is the most popular book in 2014
2015 Collaboration with CWC and ASOKO store project. First product done by Marcus Oakley and Kazuhiko Ifuku
2015 Avanti Staff with Jeffrey Fulvimari's illustration is becoming 10th year.