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
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.