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United Arrows

UNITED ARROWS is a publicly-listed Japanese contemporary fashion label and select shop chain, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan founded by Osamu Shigematsu in 1989.Currently, UNITED ARROWS is one of the top performing Japanese fashion companies, selling a plethora of international and domestic brands alongside its main UNITED ARROWS and subsidiary label that are designed, produced and sold in-house. On October 2nd 1989, with the backing of the World Co., Ltd. apparel manufacturer, Osamu Shigematsu, then a buyer for BEAMS since its founding, resigned from BEAMS simultaneously with 30 other notable employees, leaving to found direct competitor UNITED ARROWS. The new brand opened its first store in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in 1990, and its Harajuku flagship store opening in 1992. The brand’s name is derived from a Japanese fable about the 16th century warlord Mori Motonari, who demonstrated the ease of snapping one arrow as opposed to the difficulty of snapping three. Throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, UNITED ARROWS experienced steady growth, with the company’s stores opening in prominent malls, railway stations and outlet malls, as well as standalone stores. In March 2003, UNITED ARROWS listed its shares on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company’s UA LABO brand was opened in 1996, followed by the Green Label in 1998 and CYT in 1999. Reaching a record ¥100 billion JPY in consolidated net sales in March 2012 with a 12.7 percent rise year-on-year, the company launched a Taiwanese subsidiary and directly-operated store in Taipei as its first international venture. As of 2014, UNITED ARROWS carries 15 distinct private label brands in 232 stores in Japan.

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The men's and women's store brand ASTRAET, targeting adult men and women who are spiritually mature, commenced operations; the first store opened within Hankyu Umeda Main Store in Osaka-shi, Osaka
February, 2014


UNITED ARROWS TAIPEI; the company's first overseas directly operated roadside store opened in Taipei, Taiwan
UNITED ARROWS Taiwan LTD. established as a subsidiary; the first step toward developing business opportunities in Taiwan
August, 2013


Mitsuhiro Takeda appointed Representative Director, President, and Executive Officer
April, 2012
Consolidated net sales reached a record of ¥100 billion
March, 2012


Entered the traffic channel; THE AIRPORT STORE UNITED ARROWS LTD. launched as an airport store brand; stores opened in Narita Airport Terminal 2 and Haneda Airport Terminal 2


UNITED ARROWS LTD. ONLINE STORE, a proprietary online store, opened
September, 2009
Osamu Shigematsu appointed Representative Director, President, and Executive Officer
April, 2009


COEN CO., LTD. established as a subsidiary mainly engaging in the retail sale of clothing and personal items
May, 2008


UNITED ARROWS business separated into the fashion arm, UNITED ARROWS, and the casual arm, BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS
September, 2006


All shares of FIGO CO., LTD., a company that mainly engages in the import, wholesale, and sale of Italian bags and other accessories, launched; company included in the Company's scope of consilidation as a subsidiary
November, 2005
The mainstay UNITED ARROWS business opened on ZOZOTOWN, an online store operated by START TODAY CO., LTD.; stores opened in earnest
September, 2005


The Company's shares listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
March, 2003


THe women's store brand Another Edition launched; theainstay UNITED ARROS first store opened in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
February, 2001


Development of the CHROME HEARTS business commenced in earnest; CHROME HEARTS TOKYO opened in Minato-ku, Tokyo
December, 1999
The Company's shares registered for over-the-counter trading at the Japan Securities Dealers Association (currently the Osaka Securities Exchange)
July, 1999
Entry into the railway station building market; UNITED ARROWS YOKOHAMA opened within LUMINE Yokohama building
February, 1999


UNITED ARROWS HARAJUKU opened in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo as the flagship of UNITED ARROWS store
October, 1992


UNITED ARROWS LTD. founded in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Osamu Shigematsu appointed Representative Director and President
October, 1989
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