Shinichi Haraki established Works Inc (AKA The Works Inc, Japan) in 2003. After 20 years of working in the garment industry in Japan, beginning as a pattern maker for Edwin and advancing to designer and producer/director for the company, he decided to create a heavyweight Japanese clothing brand, aimed initially at the Japanese motorcycling community.

Giles Padmore and Haraki san started working together in 2005. This close partnership and firm friendship, coupled with the increased focus on the market outside of Japan which Giles brought to the party, has generated a loyal following throughout the world. Our customers come from all walks of life, and many of them – but certainly not all – are bikers. The common factor is a love of ethically manufactured, beautiful and durable clothing.

Shinichi Haraki created the Iron Heart brand and heads up the team in Japan. He works closely with the Japanese fabric and clothing factories, and is responsible for all sales and marketing in Japan as well as product design and manufacture. Giles Padmore heads up international sales and marketing, a separate business based in the UK, working in close partnership with Iron Heart Japan.