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Uniqlo: A Closer Look

Earlier this week Japanese fast fashion retailer Uniqlo announced the appointment of Berndt Hauptkorn to the newly-created position of chief executive officer of Uniqlo Europe. Here Drapers takes a closer look at the retailer’s European credentials.

Company Name: Fast Retailing Ltd

Fascias: Uniqlo

Founded: Fast Retailing started life in 1949 but the first Uniqlo store did not open until 1984 in Hiroshima, Japan

Sub-brands: Uniqlo, UT, Laura Ashley, Gundam, mt

Chief Executive: Takao Kuwahara

UK Employees: 562 (in 2011)

UK store numbers: 12

Worldwide store numbers: 1,083

Largest store: Fifth Avenue, New York at 89,000 sq ft

European Expansion: The retailer’s European expansion plans is focused on fashion capital’s with the retailer having stores in London and Paris at the moment.

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