Uniqlo is a major casualwear producer and retailer, wholly owned by parent company Fast Retailing. The brand has its beginnings as a tailor shop in Ube, Japan known as Ogori Shoji, opened in March 1949. Currently, Uniqlo has 1,400 stores in 16 markets worldwide and boasts collaborations with the likes of Jil Sander and Pharrell Williams, as well as NIGO as its Uniqlo UT creative director.
Christophe Lemaire joins Uniqlo as Creative Director of the Uniqlo U collection
April - Collaborated with Pharrell Williams on a capsule collection entitled “i am OTHER”
Streetwear mogul NIGO is appointed Creative Director of UT, Uniqlo’s t-shirt division
May - Tennis player Novak Djokovic beings endorsing for Uniqlo
German fashion designer Jil Sander joins Uniqlo as Creative Director
April - Uniqlo sets a global sales goal of $10 billion
Sales hit $4 billion
November - Uniqlo opens their first urban Uniqlo store in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district, and outlets soon spread to major cities throughout Japan
Fast Retailing adopts a set of strategies from American retailer The Gap, known as “SPA” (for specialty-store/retailer of private-label apparel), meaning that they would produce their own clothing and sell it exclusively
The name of the company is changed from "Ogori Shōji" to "Fast Retailing"
During administration work between Hong Kong in relation to the brand, staff in charge of registration misreads the "C" as "Q", and that is how the brand name is born
May - Ogori Shōji opens a unisex casual wear store in Fukuro-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima under the name "Unique Clothing Warehouse"
March - A Yamaguchi-based company, Ogori Shōji (which, until then, has been operating men's clothing shops called "Men's Shop OS") is operating in Ube, Yamaguchi