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Uniqlo

Japanese Clothing Brand
Brand Profile

Uniqlo began as a small Japanese menswear retailer in the late 1940s before evolving into a global fashion empire, representing the visionary leadership of founder Tadashi Yanai. After gaining experience abroad, Yanai took over his father’s shop, which he rebranded in 1984 as Unique Clothing Warehouse, later known as Uniqlo.

Inspired by US and European casualwear chains, he sought to bring affordable, quality clothing to Japan. The company underwent significant restructuring under the Fast Retailing banner 1991, adopting a fast fashion business model focused on well-fitting, low-cost basics. A pivotal move came in 2004 when Yanai shifted focus to high-tech, innovative fabrics as the HeatTech line developed with Toray Industries, simultaneously delivering warmth and style. Additional tech fabrics furthered Uniqlo’s commitment to fusing fashion and function.

Their global expansion was matched by a broad product range – menswear, womenswear, and children’s clothing – unified by aesthetic appeal and life-enhancing qualities. Signature items range from Ultra-Light Down jackets to AIRism face masks. With over 2,200 stores across 22 countries, Uniqlo continues growing, emphasizing customer service and designer collaborations to communicate its brand values. From humble Japanese roots to fronting global fashion with strategic innovation and quality-driven affordable clothing, Uniqlo has shown resilience in blending ethics with accessibility – a leader defined by vision and adaptability.

Industries

Clothing

Founded

1984

HEADQUARTERS

Yamaguchi City, Japan

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