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【Feature】 UNIQLO



What Is Uniqlo

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.

Collaborations with Uniqlo

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).

Similar Brands to Check Out

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.

Where to Find Uniqlo

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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