Mikasa, a division of Lifetime Brands, Inc., is proud to be recognized worldwide as the leader in tabletop fashion in dinnerware, crystal stemware, barware, flatware and decorative accessories. Quality and great design have been synonymous with the Mikasa brand name for over a half-century. George Aratani initially founded Mikasa as American Commercial Inc. in the state of California in 1948. Initially a dinnerware importer, Mikasa grew into a dinnerware wholesaler over the next twenty years supplying dinnerware to Bloomingdales, Macy's, May Department Stores Company and other fine retailers. In 1957, the brand name Mikasa was introduced to the American public. During the 1970's, Mikasa diversified its product lines to augment its already successful dinnerware lines with the introduction of crystal stemware, stainless flatware, crystal gifts and picture frames, ceramic vases, table linens and decorative accessories. Lifetime Brands' corporate headquarters are located in Garden City, New York, and its distribution centers are now located in Robbinsville, New Jersey and Fontana, California. Mikasa, like many other companies, is the result of the typical American success story and has plans to continue the growth of its retail division throughout the United States. See "About Mikasa". Mikasa. Retrieved 2014-11-05.