Fast Retailing owns UNIQLO, GU, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers,
Princesse tam.tam and J Brand.
After opening their first UNIQLO store, in Japan in
1984, they built a chain of suburban roadside stores. In 1998,
they began opening stores in urban locations and ran a fleece campaign
that ignited a UNIQLO boom across Japan. Subsequently, they opened
stores within prominent shopping malls, and also global flagship and
hotspot stores in Ginza, Shinjuku and Osaka. As an SPA (Specialty-store
retailer of Private-label Apparel) controlling the entire clothes-making
process from design through manufacture and retail, UNIQLO offers
high-quality casualwear at reasonable prices, and products that other
Global markets are now their key drivers of growth.
The first UNIQLO International stores opened in the United Kingdom in
2001. By August 2014, UNIQLO International constituted approximately 37%
of total UNIQLO sales, with 633 stores (versus 852 stores in Japan).
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and other parts of Asia are
generating strong growth, and they are developing a network of stores in
the United States.
Their low-priced GU fashion brand, launched in
2006, enjoys increasing success in Japan. In fiscal 2014, the number of
GU stores reached 276, and the sales topped ¥100 billion. GU, operating
under the same SPA business model as UNIQLO, is able to develop unique,
highly competitive products.
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Fast Retailing History.