Uniqlo is a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer based in Japan and under the parent company Fast Retailing Co., which also owns the popular fast fashion brand g.u. While there are many competing companies in Japan’s casual apparel industry, what sets Uniqlo apart is that customers find their apparel to be extremely comfortable and affordable with a large selection of colors. The brand was created in 1984 when the company Ogori Shoji opened a unisex casual wear store in Hiroshima named Uniqlo Clothing Warehouse.
Uniqlo frequently participates in collaborations with a variety of industries, including competing brands, fashion artists, pop culture characters and musicians. One of the highly touted collaborations has been with Pharrell Williams who created his own Uniqlo collection “I am OTHER,” which features men’s and woman’s T-shirts in a variety of colors and patterns as well as a wide selection of baseball caps. Uniqlo has also partnered with the edgy label Undercover to create Uniqlo Undercover (UU).
There are many brands similar to Uniqlo that offer comfortable but trendy clothing. Two of these are BAPE and Undercover. Both companies provide casual apparel and have collaborated with Uniqlo in the past.
Uniqlo stores can be found throughout Japan, 854 locations as of 2013, and recently they have began to open Western flagship stores in major international cities like Manhattan, Paris, and Berlin. The Uniqlo brand has become a mainstay in Japan, and their most popular location is the Tokyo flagship store located in the upscale district of Ginza. The Ginza store sprawls across 12 floors making it the largest Uniqlo store in the world. Other store locations are easy to find in any of Japan’s metropolitan fashion areas like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Omotesando, and Osaka.
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On May 14, a presentation of Uniqlo’s 2014-15AW Life Wear Collection was held at bellesalle Shibuya Garden.
The Japanese version of the music video for Pharrell Williams’s hit single “Happy” has been released. Japanese stars including Kiko Mizuhara, Funassyi and Kobukuro accompany Williams in the video.
T-shirt brand “UT” from Uniqlo introduces Pharrell Williams, seven-time Grammy Award winner, for its 2014 SS Collection.
Uniqlo kicks off its new project “SPRZ NY” (coined from “Surprise New York”) with the full support of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
The “Shinjuku Shopping Campaign 2014 Spring” is currently being held to communicate the charms of the Shinjuku area to foreign tourists. Until Mar 31.
On Jan 27, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. announced its decision to pursue a secondary listing of Hong Kong depository receipts (HDRs) on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK).
NIGO, appointed as creative director of T-shirt brand UT by Uniqlo, presents his first collection for 2014 SS.
On Sept 25, Uniqlo held a press conference for the upgraded Ultra-Light Down and Heattech for the 2013 fall/winter season.
On July 30, Uniqlo provided details on its upcoming autumn/winter collection. The season will line-up a number of silk and cashmere items at low prices. Design/art director Naoki Takizawa,
YANMAR Co., Ltd. celebrated its 100th anniversary last March. On July 25, the company presented details on its “YANMAR Premium Project,” which covers plans for the next century.
4 brands under the FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. group will appear within the UNIQLO Shanghai Store to open this fall.
Since April, Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. has been working on a new commercial facility, tentatively dubbed “Kichijoji Honmachi 2-chome Construction Project”.
UNIQLO teams up with designer Michael Bastian for the first time to design polo shirts. The front piece, collar and wrist line of the sleeves of each are switched over with shirt fabric
On February 25th, UNIQLO released its latest 2013 Spring Summer bottoms lineup.
FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. and Mitsubishi Corporation will create a joint venture company in the Republic of Indonesia to open new UNIQLO stores in the country.
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