Summary of Zennovation

An East-West Approach to Business Success

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Business executive Tomio Taki’s engrossing autobiography spans decades, industries and continents.


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Tomio Taki became president of Takihyo, his family’s 250-year-old Japanese clothing company, at age 26. His clear, practical approach to solving problems and his ability to foresee future trends made him the prime force behind Western-style clothing’s popularity in Japan. Taki was the financial and cerebral power behind Anne Klein, and he made designer Donna Karan a household name. Taki’s life story is an engrossing read. His autobiography falls short as a business management book, since the authors, Taki and his son Adam Taki (writing with business consultant Mortimer R. Feinberg), leave most of the job of extrapolating business lessons to the reader. Nonetheless, getAbstract believes this insider’s look into Japanese culture and history – and into the business of fashion – make Taki’s saga a worthwhile read.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What experiences shaped Tomio Taki’s approach to business,
  • How he built Takihyo as a clothing company,
  • How Takihyo survived the “shocks of 1971 and 1972,” and
  • How Taki’s involvement shaped the Anne Klein and Donna Karan labels.


How It Began
Tomio Taki was the eldest of four boys born into an affluent family in Japan. During World War II, at age 10, Taki had to flee his secure, privileged home to join children from a variety of backgrounds in the hard-working life of an evacuation camp. There, he learned lessons...
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About the Authors

Tomio Taki heads his family’s firm, Takihyo Co. Adam Taki founded RH Gallery in New York City. Commentator and consultant Mortimer R. Feinberg chairs BFS Psychological Associates.

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